Swan Lake meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region's most notorious poacher by night and falls in love with the forester.
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?
©2015 Melanie Dickerson (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers
I usually enjoy Dickerson's takes, but this narrator...terrible. She makes it sound like an elocution exercise, not a narration. Her slow, prodding, emotionless voice makes the text sound stupid and inane. I'm disappointed.
But I'm still planning on getting the text version of the book! I just couldn't listen one minute longer!
While the basic premise of the story was charming and intriguing, the execution, both in writing and especially in performance, was lackluster. The narrator read in one long stream without appropriate emotional voice inflections or any attempt to clarify which character was speaking a given line of dialogue. Overall, I'd pass on this one.
I disliked the narrator's performance. Her cadence made it difficult to understand changes in character. I wish I had listened to the sample first. I never would have wasted my credit.
The story plodded along, and the characters were all very predictable. Try something else by Melanie Dickerson.
The narrator was monotone and never took a breath. There were times I had difficulty following the action because she read it without pausing. It felt like a huge run on sentence. But I liked the story. I really enjoy Melanie Dickerson's interesting twists on well known stories.
I am a 40 something year old female that still loves young adult fiction.
The story is a good one but the narrator is monotone with run on sentences. No voice inflection to indicate character changes. I'm going to finish the book but will make sure never to buy a book from this narrator.
Melanie Dickerson weaves a story to rival that of Robin Hood. Where a young, eligible and actractive women poaches from the rich to feed the poor. Odette, from a strong held sense of duty and long remembered past, begins poaching deer in the forbidden forest to feed those that are less fortunate than she. She is not unaware of the penalties for her actions, but continues to poach, as she believes it is the only way to ensure that the poor are fed.
Jorgen, like Odette, remembers what is it like to be hungry. While she was rescued by her uncle, Jorgen was rescued and adopted by the previous forester. Upon the murder of his adoptive father, Jorgen becomes the forester. He has a great sense of duty and feels the need to prove himself worthy of his post.
When Jorgen finds evidence of poaching, he has to face old hurts and his desire for revenge. It is not enough for Jorgen to find the poacher, he wants the poacher to pay with his life.
This story is wonderfully told. Part fairy tale and part adventure story. Melanie Dickerson has used her amazing gift to craft a wonderful tale that keeps the reader enthralled until the very end. There were so many questions going through my head, as I continued reading, questions like: What will Jorgen do when he discovers Odette’s secret? Will he be able to show her mercy or Will his anger at another cloud his judgment? How will Odette explain her poaching? And lastly, Will she ever be able to put her bow and arrows away?
Follow me on a great adventure through Thornbeck Forest and discover the answers for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest was the first of Melanie’s books, which I have read. I can honestly say it won’t be the last. This book has put her other books at the top of “To Be Read” pile. I can’t wait to travel back to the Middle Ages with her again.
I'm sorry to say this narrator just didn't do a great job. Her rhythm was so inconsistent that sometimes I couldn't even follow the story. My daughter heard it and agreed that the reader had no inflection in her voice and was quite monotonous. The story itself was pretty good, I guess, but it was hard to follow since I was so annoyed at the reader. Don't waste your credits, just buy the e-book.
I have a very fast paced life. Audio books are an awesome alternative for me. Long road trips, working out and housework arn't a bore.
The reader really needs to work on her craft. It is almost impossible to listen and follow along. I really hate giving negative reviews because I am being critical of someones hard work. I am a fan of Melanie Dickerson's work and emphasize this review is in no way disparaging her writing.
I haven't even finished the book. It seems like it would be a really great story, but I just can't listen to the narrator. The voice she uses is so monotone and emotionless. It makes it hard to even tell who is speaking. It's the same voice for every character. Granted, I didn't get far, but I would really like to.
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