Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Betrayal of Maggie Blair
By Elizabeth Laird, 420 pages
When Maggie's grandmother is convicted of witchcraft and put to death, her life will never be the same. She quickly learns that many of her acquaintances in her small Scottish village well sell her out, either for profit or simply because they are caught up in the hype. She is forced to grow up quickly, fleeing the coast for her uncle's manor. Once there, she is immersed in a complicated religious and political environment that will teach her that there are always choices to make.
This didn't appeal to me very much, I found Maggie to be a weak character who was very easily influenced and never really seemed to attain any higher levels of thought. Also, the end of the book seemed pretty unlikely with little resolve. I'm sure many will find this book enjoyable, but it really wasn't for me.