Robbergirl by S.T. Gibson
Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence and whatever thoughts of impressions it provokes. For the Friday 56, hosted by Freda’s Voice, we share a few lines from either page 56 or 56%.
Helvig crouched silent and unseen in the branches of a pine tree, an arrow poised between the fingers of one hand and her shortbow gripped in the other.
“No, I’m fine, it was…” Helvig shuddered. She had experienced the night terrors before, but always when she was alone. She had never had to explain them. “A night terror. I was being drowned, or frozen… both, I don’t know. It felt awful. Like it was real.”
In a Sweden wracked by war and haunted by folk stories so dark they can only be spoken of in whispers, Helvig has been raised by her brigand father to steal whatever treasure catches her eye. When her men ambush a girl on the road with hair pale as death and a raven perched on her shoulder, Helvig cannot resist bringing home a truly unique prize: a genuine witch.
Drawn irresistibly into the other woman’s web, Helvig soon learns of Gerda’s reason for walking the icy border roads alone: to find the Queen who lives at the top of the world and kill her. Anyone else would be smart enough not to believe a children’s story, but Helvig is plagued by enchantments of her own, and she struggles to guard the sins of her past while growing closer to Gerda.
As Christmastide gives way to the thin-veiled days when ghosts are at their most vengeful, the two women find themselves on a journey through forest and Samiland to a final confrontation that will either redeem them or destroy them entirely.
19th – 25th – Do you check how many views your posts have received? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
I check my overall blog stats once a month, mostly for updating my Netgalley profile or sending ARC requests. I don’t check individual posts.