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Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite
Rune is a young girl desperate to know more about her past, until the opportunity presents itself in startling ways. Living her life as a fortune-teller's apprentice, Rune has always lived in the forest that others fear. She has felt safe there and, despite the danger others fear, she has always truly been safe there. But the day the strange woman comes to their cottage, the day she gives poisonous mushrooms to an old woman, and the day she meets Laurentz in the forest is the day everything changes. Her world will never be the same because a woman from her past is desperate too, desperate to get revenge and to convince Rune to do it for her in Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia.
Forest of Whispers is the story of a young girl who has suddenly found herself alone and fighting for her very life. A strong and courageous girl (even when the odds are stacked against her), Rune has some very powerful friends who will help her in her darkest hour. I was amazed at everything Rune was able to accomplish and how strong she truly was. She is definitely a character that readers care about and one they wish they could be more like as well. Despite being labeled and ostracized by her village, Rune is determined to make the others understand and to help them if she can. Forest of Whispers is not the story of revenge that a certain woman would wish it to be; instead, it is a story of magick and discovery.