Friday, September 14, 2012

Petronella & The Trogot by Cheryl Bentley

Petronella had a slight green tint to her skin color and a nose with a wart, which made her look like a witch.  She wasn't a witch.  She wasn't even bad tempered.  But she found it easier to live away from other people and their comments.  No one could have suspected she would be the Chosen One...

Sparkling Books and Net Galley allowed me to download an ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st, so make a note on your TBR list.

This is a cross between fantasy, horror and mythology.  It reads like a fairy tale and I liked it.

Petronella and her cat are living in her cottage and doing well without the other villagers.  Being a bit odd, she has a snail garden.  And, one day, she notices a big black tree that she can't recall having been there before.  She doesn't know it's going to play an important part in her life.

Her cat is the one that starts it all.  He digs up a skull and some bones and takes them home with him.  When the villagers find some other bones in the same vicinity, they dig them up, too.  They think they've found a missing family and that Petronella is the killer.  When the bones come back to life and they find themselves confronted with people who died long, long ago, the villagers get concerned.  Especially since the murdered peasants are reclaiming their homes and land...

The Hooded Horseman (another peasant from the past) visits Petronella and tells her that she is the chosen one and has a quest to do to help the peasants and right the wrongs of the land and people long dead.  Petronella is willing, even if it means visiting the equivalent of hell.  

The author does a nice job of writing a tale that is unique and interesting to read.  I couldn't stop reading until I found out how it all ended.  I bet you won't be able to either.

Happy reading.


1 comment:

Shan said...

I am amazed that the wide variety of book genres you read, and enjoy. I know that I am pretty set in what I will try, and reading your blog makes me realize how much more there is out there. Just might have to stick my foot in the water and get wet ;-)