Franny Billingsley
Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment. Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know.

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  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Briony Larkin lives in rural Swampsea with her troubled sister, Rose, and her father. For years, shes kept the secret that shes a witch from everyone she knows, afraid of being sentenced to death. She also believes that shes responsible for her sister Roses mental state. When Mr. Clayborne and his son Eldric arrive, she strikes up a friendship with the son. However, she doesnt reveal either of her two secrets to him. When Rose develops a swamp cough, Briony turns to the Boggy Mun, for help. Unfortunately, she gets into quite a bit of trouble.

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