A young woman, born 1691 in Villon, France feels more and more trapped in the circumstances of her life. A close friend tells her how to pray to the "old gods" for help, with the firm warning:
"Never pray to the gods that answer after dark"
Things I liked
- The plot was very interesting and engaging--I could hardly put it down.
- After a while I had a hard time reminding myself that Addie wasn't a real person. This book is obviously a work of fiction, but I was getting to know the main character on a very personal and real level.
- It forced me to think about hard things. Hard like existentialism, subjugation, gender norms, the fragility of society, ethics, and mental health. Not hard like calculating the area under a curve.
- There was a lot of care taken to ensure "the ends all met up", but it also had some twists that are enjoyable to think about.
Things I didn't like
- Some of the descriptions of Addie's sexual encounters were about 10% more explicit than I would have liked. It obviously didn't stop me from reading the book, but it would have been a more enjoyable read for me if some of those details were left to the reader.
Honestly, I really liked the book, so, yeah...no number two.
Overall, I loved this book. It was an excellent mix of thought provoking content as well as giving me some soft fantasy elements. I fell in love with Addie and her way of life and really was hoping for a good ending for her. There were several, very heart wrenching moments that the author didn't pull away from, which I appreciated. I would defintely recommend this book to those with the maturity to be asked serious, thought provoking questions.