Wright, Melissa: Frey (Frey Saga) (2011)

Cover art by Robin Ludwig

In the same manner Catherine M. Wilson writes in minor key, Melissa Wright writes in major. Initially I read Frey because it was a freebie on Kindle. That is not why I continued reading the rest of the trilogy. Some authors just seem to have fun thinking up their stories and writing about them.

Part of the story was rather obvious, but the rest worked out a whole lot better than expected. I think it was the cover that fooled me. The blurb of Frey reads: “Unaware she’s been bound from using magic, Frey leads a small, miserable life in the village where she’s sent after the death of her mother. But a tiny spark starts a fury of changes and she finds herself running from everything she’s ever known.

Hunted by council for practicing dark magic, she is certain she’s been wrongfully accused. She flees, and is forced to rely on strangers for protection. But the farther she strays from home, the more her magic and forgotten memories return and she begins to suspect all is not as it seems.”

The first sentence kind of sets the tone for the rest of the novel and kind of demonstrates what I mean by writing in major key: “Crap!” I complained as I stubbed my toe on a root, one of the pitfalls of living in a tree. It says quite a bit about an author that begins her story like that.

Frey is an interesting character. As she realizes just how lost she is she also reacts in a manner that I could sympathise with. Frey was a fun read and brought me on to the next two books of the trilogy.

4 thoughts on “Wright, Melissa: Frey (Frey Saga) (2011)”

  1. I’ve been reading about how witches were demonized. Because it turns out they had no concept of a devil. They were a pagan religion that existed in Europe before then Christians moved north. And they were fairly feminist having priestesses and goddesses. The last remnant of equality that seemed to exist in Europe at the time. (Early tribal societies often seem to be egalitarian.) But then witch accusations came to be a way of getting rid of people who thought for themselves or who had money and property that others wanted. So now I’m wondering if the folks accusing this girl of witchcraft had an alternative motive.


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