Title: The Betrayal of Maggie Blair
Author: Elizabeth Laird
Genre: YA Fiction, Teen, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Received: Net Galley
Release Date: April 2011
What is it About?
Maggie Blair and her grandmother are sentenced as witches and are to be hung. Maggie escapes with the help of her grandmother’s friends and goes through more trails and tribulations internally and externally.
Maggie and her grandmother have been accused of practicing witchcraft in UK in probably the 1700’s. Maggie escapes and lives with other family members along the way she battle internally with God and what comes natural to her. As she joins her other family members they battle with government and religious laws themselves and only time will tell when the family will be caught practicing faith not in the kings way.
I was hoping for more fantasy with this book. I didn’t realize that it was going to be more of a historical dark fiction. I thought it was fast paced even though there was not much action more drama and deception. I guess the cover threw me off and I just thought it looked more magical.
While there are some general things about witchcraft and Maggie battling with her natural ability to heal others like her grandmother there was no real fantasy. Just a lot of hardship and learning the strengths of people.
An okay but not what I thought it was going to be.