Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave, and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave's game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave's game.
Odette justifies her crime of poaching because she thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. But will the discovery of a local poaching ring reveal a terrible secret? Has the meat she thought she was providing for the poor actually been sold on the black market, profiting no one except the ring of black market sellers?
The one person Odette knows can help her could also find out her own secret and turn her over to the margrave, but she has no choice. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the dangerous poaching ring... and fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his forester is protecting a notorious poacher?
Source: NetGalley Request
5 Words: Religion, love, family, crime, hunting.
This was a bit of a love-hate read for me. But ultimately I didn't really enjoy it that much. It wasn't bad enough that I wouldn't read more by the author, I'm very likely to pick something she's written in future.
An awful lot of this story felt forced and because of that it wasn't a fluid read. Then there was the fact that I actually studied this time and place in history at college, so I just knew too much. At first this was great, I knew the context of what I was reading. And then it was bad because I knew the context of what I was reading and a lot of the story just didn't fit.
If this had been a medieval inspired fantasy then I would have likely enjoyed it a lot more.
Odette was very naive considering all she'd been through. She was very childish despite her age and experiences and it annoyed me. Something else that annoyed me was how she lived in one of the wealthiest households in the town and instead of paying for food for the poor, starving children, she went out and illegally poached in the king's forest. That just really riled me up.