The hand of winter touches everyone in the small, medieval villages of Yarr, but this winter seems doubly bleak to Elfrida. Accustomed to being shunned as a witch unless someone has need of her healing ways, she will now know true loneliness - her sister will soon speak her vows and leave their home to follow her new husband.
But a beast is stalking the forests around the villages, and he’s hungry for brides. When Christina goes missing, Elfrida vows to do whatever it takes to rescue her - even if that means offering herself as a sacrifice in exchange for her sister’s life.
Magnus knows the scars he bears from the crusades render him abhorrent to women, but his heart still longs for love. When he’s called to slay the beast terrorizing the villages of Yarr, he unwittingly gains an ally - a beautiful healer who seems unafraid of anything, including him.
Is it possible that a woman like Elfrida could see beyond his scars to the man within - or will the beast of the forest steal her, too, before he has the chance to find out?
I very much enjoyed this novel. It is different than what I usually read and really wish there was a prequel, not to mention a sequel. I read this book several times and was happy when the audio book came out. This is like a beauty and the beast, only the beast is always nice and so kind.
The narrator is good, but the story is not for my liking, the main characters do not suit together, a very coarse story. Skip this one.