Having read LOST GODS a few years ago, I became a fan of Brom. When I saw the cover of this one I knew I had to have it. I was not disappointed!
Abitha was sold off by her drunk father in London, to a husband, (Edward), in Puritanical Connecticut. She begins her life on her new husband’s farm and grows to truly love him. Unfortunately, her husband’s brother is part owner of the farm, and he’s deep in debt. Before she knows it, her brother-in-law is attempting to steal their land and the nosy Puritanical neighbors are all up in their business. It’s almost too much for Abitha to take. One day, Edward wanders into the woods and Abitha’s life changes forever. Widowed now, will she be able to hold on to her farm? Will her evil brother-in-law work with the uptight townsfolk to oust her? You’ll have to read this to find out!
I very much enjoyed the style of storytelling here, it was almost like a fairy tale. I’m trying to explain without spoiling anything, so bear with me. I felt like some of the characters could have used a bit more of a back story for me to be fully invested in them. Sky and Forest, to mention two.
That said, Abitha has to be one of my favorite characters in all of literature. She was so well defined, I never found myself second guessing her decisions. She, being put into a terrible situation by her father, decides to make the best of it and then follows through on that, under the most ghastly conditions. She holds the memory of her mother dear, and Abitha never forgets what her mother told her as a young girl. But Abitha is also strong-willed and headstrong, and she’s certainly a lot of woman for the prudish ladies in town to handle. That’s what I loved most about her.
Samson was a confusing character for me, which I guess isn’t surprising, because he was confused himself. As the tale progressed though, things became more clear, and I began to like and pity Samson at the same time. I love characters that are conflicted because otherwise where’s the story? Samson and Abitha both grew as characters and I felt differently about them both at the end of the tale than I did at the beginning. That’s always a sign of great writing in my book, and that’s what’s in THIS book.
Overall, I enjoyed this tale and Brom has impressed me once again. I read an e-ARC of this story, so I cannot yet speak to Brom’s artwork. A paper copy is on the way though, and once I see it, I reserve the right to update this review accordingly. As of right now, based on the story alone, I highly recommend SLEWFOOOT: A TALE OF BEWITCHERY. Let Brom bewitch YOU!
*Thanks to NetGalley/Tor/Nightfire for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*