Megge of Bury Down
Murderer!When six-year-old Megge first touches the ancient Book of Seasons, a mysterious voice accuses her of an ugly crime. Although the book is her legacy, she refuses to touch it again. If she does, she is certain she will be the death of those she loves.But seven years later, events conspire to force her to once again to accept her responsibility. If she refuses to take up the task, who will ensure the Book's ancient wisdom survives, safe from the hands of those who would use it for evil?

Megge of Bury Down Details

TitleMegge of Bury Down
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 24th, 2018
PublisherZumaya Arcane
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction

Megge of Bury Down Review

  • Shomeret
    January 1, 1970
    Megge of Bury Down is a historical fantasy. It's the first novel by Rebecca Kightlinger who writes reviews for the Historical Novel Society. I chose to read this book because I like paranormal content, but if you are one of those who like your historical fiction without such elements, Megge of Bury Down probably won't be for you. I received a review copy from the publisher via Net Galley in return for this review.The historical aspect of Megge of Bury Down is very well-developed. We are constant Megge of Bury Down is a historical fantasy. It's the first novel by Rebecca Kightlinger who writes reviews for the Historical Novel Society. I chose to read this book because I like paranormal content, but if you are one of those who like your historical fiction without such elements, Megge of Bury Down probably won't be for you. I received a review copy from the publisher via Net Galley in return for this review.The historical aspect of Megge of Bury Down is very well-developed. We are constantly aware that we are in the 13th century through the vivid descriptions of Megge's experiences, and the attitudes of the villagers. Megge is thoroughly medieval and so are her neighbors. The fear of a witch hysteria is palpable. It hovers over Megge's family.For my complete review see http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com/2018/...
    more
  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    Full review up on my blog:Http://www.booksrfab.blogspot.comI must be honest this book does have a slow start, however if you are willing to stick around for a few chapters you find yourself hooked. Wondering where Megge’s destiny is going to take her. Will she finally open The Book of Seasons and become a women of Bury Down? This is a great twist on a coming of age story, that many can relate to today. A young girl struggle with walking the path carved for her or carving her own path. While hidi Full review up on my blog:Http://www.booksrfab.blogspot.comI must be honest this book does have a slow start, however if you are willing to stick around for a few chapters you find yourself hooked. Wondering where Megge’s destiny is going to take her. Will she finally open The Book of Seasons and become a women of Bury Down? This is a great twist on a coming of age story, that many can relate to today. A young girl struggle with walking the path carved for her or carving her own path. While hiding from secrets of the past she learns trades that calm her and make her happy, while angering and upsetting her mother. I would definitely recommend this book, it is worth the read. I look forward to reading more of Rebecca Kightlinger’s work and hope to finish Megge’s story.
    more
  • Katherine Hayward
    January 1, 1970
    Megge of Bury Down is a very detailed read about how Megge, a 6-year-old girl born in 13th century England, discovers her mother's book of healing. Seven years pass, and she has 4 guardians Mother, Aunt Claris, Morwen, and Aleydis. Another thing she has is a constant conflict going on between her and her cousin Brighida. Right from the beginning, we are thrown straight into the action in the village and also see conflicts between villagers. Megge is our narrator throughout this book, in which we Megge of Bury Down is a very detailed read about how Megge, a 6-year-old girl born in 13th century England, discovers her mother's book of healing. Seven years pass, and she has 4 guardians Mother, Aunt Claris, Morwen, and Aleydis. Another thing she has is a constant conflict going on between her and her cousin Brighida. Right from the beginning, we are thrown straight into the action in the village and also see conflicts between villagers. Megge is our narrator throughout this book, in which we see the impact and power of the Book of Seasons within the community, not just on Megge, but everyone around her as she fights for self-confidence, self-acceptance and self worth in a family dominated by her cousin Brigida's status as "golden child." Her mission is to keep the Book of Seasons from evil hands, but will she achieve her goal? The attention to detail is fantastic and the story is so detailed and visual that it makes you focus and "get inside" the visual medieval world Rebecca Kightlinger creates. The characters are so varied, too. Thanks to Rebecca Kightlinger and Zumaya Arcane for my ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I also took part in the blog tour for this title.
    more
  • Suganya
    January 1, 1970
    Check out my blog fro more reviews and lifestyle:http://suganyamo.wordpress.comDisclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.*Thank you, Smith Publicity and Zumaya Arcane for providing me with a physical copy in exchange for my honest opinion.*Spoiler – free ReviewTitle: Megge of Bury DownAuthor: Rebecca KightlingerPaperback Pages: 292 PagesPublishing Company: Zumaya ArcaneGenre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Medievalism, British LiteratureGoodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...Sy Check out my blog fro more reviews and lifestyle:http://suganyamo.wordpress.comDisclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.*Thank you, Smith Publicity and Zumaya Arcane for providing me with a physical copy in exchange for my honest opinion.*Spoiler – free ReviewTitle: Megge of Bury DownAuthor: Rebecca KightlingerPaperback Pages: 292 PagesPublishing Company: Zumaya ArcaneGenre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Medievalism, British LiteratureGoodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...Synopsis:Murderer!When six-year-old Megge first touches the ancient Book of Seasons, a mysterious voice accuses her of an ugly crime. Although the book is her legacy, she refuses to touch it again. If she does, she is certain she will be the death of those she loves.But seven years later, events conspire to force her to once again to accept her responsibility. If she refuses to take up the task, who will ensure the Book's ancient wisdom survives, safe from the hands of those who would use it for evil?My thought: This was an amazing book. It’s full of strong female characters. It focuses on strong family bonds and about understanding that becoming who you were meant to be might make you an outsider. It was an easy read. I finished it about 4 days. The novel is full of wonderful language that really engages you as a reader.Rating: 3.75/5 StarsCharacters: Megge is our protagonist. She is young girl who is quite naive about the world around her. As she learns more about her society, we learn with her. She is unreliable and quite innocent but as the story progresses she grows into a strong female character. There are quite a few strong female characters that surround Megge. They each have distinct personalities and they each help Megge in different way. They each will give Megge different advice on the same thing, and Megge must understand and process the situation before making a decision. Plot: The story starts in 372 CE and then it jumps to 1275. I admit I was a little confused about that big of time jump. But after re-orienting, I was able to follow the story. There is a lot of mythology throughout the novel. Whenever I didn’t understand the myths, I just looked it up. It didn’t bog down the book, the addition of the myths added more character and made the story richer. The novel shadows Megge’s life in Cornwall during the 1200’s. It shows this world through the eyes of Megge, which makes the novel more relatable. The plot at times was a little complicated. There is a lot of things happening like the fearfulness of the villagers because they fear what they don’t understand, the mysterious society of healers, and Megge’s inexperience with everything in life along with some mythology thrown in. This novel is very much about self-acceptance. Megge has to understand the balance between what she wants to do and what she is expected to do. This very relatable, as I am from a tradition South Indian family but lived my whole life in America, there is definitely clash of cultures happening. Writing Style: The writing style was absolutely beautiful. She uses very descriptive language, which reminded me a lot of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. I have not read book with such stunning language in a long time. Here is just a small example, “I could read both fear and resolve in the muscles bunched in the corners of her jaw.” The writing has a slower pace but that made the location and characters more mystical.Final Decision:Rating: 3.75/5 Stars This novel was a very enjoyable read. The only reason I couldn’t give this book 4 stars was the mild confusion with everything happening in the book, the multiple plot lines as well as the mythology. But after slowing down my reading, I was able to follow the novel and it was quite good. I really want to continue reading the rest of this series. Another source that really helped me follow the plot a little better was https://www.burydownchronicles.com. It helped with the character names as well as their relationships to other characters. It also provided a map, which makes life a lot easier. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, but especially people who like historical fiction and beautiful language.
    more
  • Anna Tan
    January 1, 1970
    Megge of Bury Down is a story of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and facing up to hard truths. At six, Megge was too afraid to take up her mother's book and at eleven, all she can do is watch as her cousin, Brighida the golden child, shines in everything Megge has refused. She feels like an outcast, even in her own family, but cannot find the courage to do the one thing that would make a difference: open The Book of Seasons.The novel follows Megge's life and growth from this point onwards, givi Megge of Bury Down is a story of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and facing up to hard truths. At six, Megge was too afraid to take up her mother's book and at eleven, all she can do is watch as her cousin, Brighida the golden child, shines in everything Megge has refused. She feels like an outcast, even in her own family, but cannot find the courage to do the one thing that would make a difference: open The Book of Seasons.The novel follows Megge's life and growth from this point onwards, giving you a long, charmingly rambling look into life in Cornwall in the 1200's from Megge's point of view. There is a sweet classical quality to the writing; it's a slower pace of things, a certain choice of words and tone, a rootedness to the earth, and a dual sense of mysticism and spirituality. Yet the older I get, the more impatient a reader I am. I think I've gotten used to reading quick stories with fast-moving action, so when I reach a story that seems to play out over several years, I start skimming to try to push things onwards. The inability to linger is the fault of none but myself.The plot is involved. There are many things going on: the secrets of the seers and healers of Bury Down, the jealousy and fear of the villagers, the odd hatred of Jenifer Pennick and her mother, and the persecution of the church, all coloured in the narrative by Megge's naivete, fear, and ignorance. Her guardians (Mother, Aunt Claris, Morwen, and Aleydis) are seemingly at odds about how much and what to tell her; Megge's ignorance throughout the novel is needful and yet terribly frustrating, especially since it's partially a wilful one. Other core themes dealt with in the novel are the effects of greed and jealousy, both of which lead to dire consequences. Yes, dire. There is a lot of fire and death in this story. Overall, there's a very pretty arch to this novel; the prologue felt a little disjointed at first since there's a skip of about 900 years when chapter 1 starts, but it plays out to be pretty important as the story develops. However, you only see the full impact of it in the last couple of chapters. Which is also why I think the story was just a little too rambly. It felt like it built and built much too long and much too slowly for how quickly it ended after that last revelation. You could probably skip a little of the middle and head straight to the end and not lose out on much except maybe some understanding of Megge's slightly convoluted family history.Still, despite it's faults (or my impatience), Megge of Bury Down is still quite an engaging read. Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from Smith Publicity via NetGalley. I was given the book with no expectation of a positive review and the review is my own.
    more
  • Stacie
    January 1, 1970
    Some books you just have a spiritual connection with.You know what I mean? I’m sure that if I ask you which book you’ve had a heart relationship with, you could immediately pull to mind a title or two (or twelve).I was recently going through a period of pretty high anxiety, and really needed a story that I could just sink into. One that felt a little slower-paced. A little magical. A journey, more than an adventure.Welcome to Megge of Bury Down by Rebecca Kightlinger.Rebecca Kightlinger is a spe Some books you just have a spiritual connection with.You know what I mean? I’m sure that if I ask you which book you’ve had a heart relationship with, you could immediately pull to mind a title or two (or twelve).I was recently going through a period of pretty high anxiety, and really needed a story that I could just sink into. One that felt a little slower-paced. A little magical. A journey, more than an adventure.Welcome to Megge of Bury Down by Rebecca Kightlinger.Rebecca Kightlinger is a spell weaver. She has to be. Allow me to explain. First of all, every chapter was therapeutic. I was easily transported into each setting, each scene, each circumstance. You guys, I’m not even kidding. I could see everything, smell every herb, hear every conversation. I feel as though I met each of the women of Bury Down personally, and then let them set up residence in my heart-space. I didn’t read the book. I experienced it. And with each page, each escape, each passage with the women of Bury Down, I mended.There is so much beauty in Megge of Bury Down, but there is an amazing amount of mystery. So often, I found myself thinking, “What on earth? What aren’t they telling Megge? Why is that going on? No, that did NOT just happen!” and it was stinkin’ awesome.Buy Megge of Bury Down for yourself, your mom, your sister, your best friend, the librarian, the lady who fills your prescriptions, the woman who always says ‘hi’ at the bank and that gal you just met at work. Friends, trust me on this one. You will love it so. AND, it’s the first in the series. So, you kind of have to get it.**A huge ‘thank you’ to Rebecca Kightlinger and Courtney Link for allowing me the privilege of reading and reviewing this book
    more
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Megge of Bury Down was one of those books that I hated to put down. I went without sleep and was late for work because I could not stop reading. Megge has a fate, a duty, she is supposed to accept as a young woman of Bury Down but she fears what she has to do to take her vow. Because of her fears there is an overwhelming sense of isolation in her character as her mother, aunt, and cousin all grow closer with their training and healing duti I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Megge of Bury Down was one of those books that I hated to put down. I went without sleep and was late for work because I could not stop reading. Megge has a fate, a duty, she is supposed to accept as a young woman of Bury Down but she fears what she has to do to take her vow. Because of her fears there is an overwhelming sense of isolation in her character as her mother, aunt, and cousin all grow closer with their training and healing duties and she moves toward herding and learning the loom. But throughout it all they try to encourage her with cryptic family stories to spur her memory of past lifetimes and, while their patience wears thinly times, their love and support remains. The book is wrought with sacrifice of the highest level. So many people made vows for the same cause and sacrificed for that cause to see it through to the end. The author did a great job of tying together so many elements. The sacrifice, the never-ending pursuit by an evil-minded force, and in the end love of the family all flowed together throughout the entire book. The writing style kept the story moving at a fast pace. The story was always interesting with no slow parts. The only problem is that this is book one and now readers will be forced to wait for the author to finish and release the next installment. I’ll be waiting to see where Megge goes on her journey. 5 stars.
    more
  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of this ebook via NetGalley.In this unusual book, we meet Megge, a 6-year old girl born into a gifted family of healers with paranormal talents. Megge, frightened by powers she doesn't fully understand, has refused her place among these unusual women, unknowingly placing their future in grave danger. Megge is our narrator as we join her in her struggle to come to terms with who and what she and her family are, as well as their p I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of this ebook via NetGalley.In this unusual book, we meet Megge, a 6-year old girl born into a gifted family of healers with paranormal talents. Megge, frightened by powers she doesn't fully understand, has refused her place among these unusual women, unknowingly placing their future in grave danger. Megge is our narrator as we join her in her struggle to come to terms with who and what she and her family are, as well as their place in a community that both needs them and fears them. The author weaves a spell of her own as the story contains multiple subplots as we learn the family's history. Unfortunately, the pacing of the story suffers as a result, with the plot unfolding very slowly throughout the beginning and middle of the book, then rushing to a conclusion that unfolds almost too quickly. While much is revealed about the other characters, at the end of the novel, I felt that I still knew very little about Megge herself in comparison. Witchcraft is a major focus of this book, so be forewarned that suspension of belief is a must for enjoying this book. While I did not especially like this book, I think fans of fantasy and coming of age / young adult fiction would be interested in this series.
    more
  • Michelle Kidwell
    January 1, 1970
    Megge of Bury Down: Book One in the Bury Down Chroniclesby Rebecca KightlingerZumaya ArcaneHistorical Fiction , Teens & YAPub Date 01 Feb 2018  I am reviewing a copy of Megge of Bury Down through Zumay Arcane and Netgalley:In this book we will be transported back to thirteenth century Cornwall where we meet Megge who lives on a sheep farm in the shadow of Bury Down, this place had been known as the land of second site for a thousand years. The Book Of seasons is so valued that the healer wou Megge of Bury Down: Book One in the Bury Down Chroniclesby Rebecca KightlingerZumaya ArcaneHistorical Fiction , Teens & YAPub Date 01 Feb 2018  I am reviewing a copy of Megge of Bury Down through Zumay Arcane and Netgalley:In this book we will be transported back to thirteenth century Cornwall where we meet Megge who lives on a sheep farm in the shadow of Bury Down, this place had been known as the land of second site for a thousand years. The Book Of seasons is so valued that the healer would rather face the fire than to fail at the task of bringing her little daughters to protect this values book.Megge Kong's to look after the book like her Mother's, Aunts, Cousins and sisters. She wants to become a woman of Bury Down but when she touches its cover it burns her fingers and the book whispers "murderer". After this happens she fears the book will hurt those she loves, so she denies it, denying her heritage, her birthright.Will Megge's Mother be able to help her daughter find the courage to take that vow? Will Megge continue to run away from her destiny. Or will something change her heart sand allow her to embrace her destiny? Find out in Megge of Bury Down...I give Megge of Bury Down five out of five stars.Happy Reading!
    more
  • Tracys
    January 1, 1970
    I found Megge of Bury Down to be a slower-paced novel than I am used to reading and initially found it a bit hard going. But once you get the pace and feel of the characters, and once the storyline begins to unfold, you realise that you are reading a slow-burning epic, with the protagonist (Megge) on a journey of self-discovery, growing both in years and self-confidence as she struggles to find her place in a world in which she worries she doesn’t truly belong. As the pace of the story increases I found Megge of Bury Down to be a slower-paced novel than I am used to reading and initially found it a bit hard going. But once you get the pace and feel of the characters, and once the storyline begins to unfold, you realise that you are reading a slow-burning epic, with the protagonist (Megge) on a journey of self-discovery, growing both in years and self-confidence as she struggles to find her place in a world in which she worries she doesn’t truly belong. As the pace of the story increases, secrets and truths are slowly revealed leaving Megge in no doubt of where her destiny lies. I raced through the last half of the book, completely caught up in the lives of these well-drawn characters based in Mediaeval Cornwall. This was an enjoyable and realistic historical story that leaves you wanting to know what happens next. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
    more
  • Anya Leonard
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book and due to school reading and work, could NOT finish it as fast as I would have liked. Given the option, I would have sat reading this book all day and all night until getting to the conclusion. Having finished it, I am now sad as it is the first in a series and I am eager to get to the next phase in the world of Megge. This book is unconventional in its portrayal of strong women in the 13th century in England. The story centers around a group of healers, Megge being our pr I picked up this book and due to school reading and work, could NOT finish it as fast as I would have liked. Given the option, I would have sat reading this book all day and all night until getting to the conclusion. Having finished it, I am now sad as it is the first in a series and I am eager to get to the next phase in the world of Megge. This book is unconventional in its portrayal of strong women in the 13th century in England. The story centers around a group of healers, Megge being our protagonist. She is raised to become the heir to a book of healing but is struggling against her birthright. This is a wonderful envisioning of self-acceptance, learning to come to terms with what is expected of you, and strong female characters. I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to read something so outside of the norm and would be intrigued to read other books in this same vein. This book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
    more
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very hard to get into. It does not grab you until you are about halfway through the book. I actually had to re-start the book three times to understand the jump in time and even then I didn't quite understand everyone's placement in the story until the very end. I gave this book four (4) stars because it was hard to follow. The story lines were wonderful once you got the understanding of them. You felt for the characters, but you almost need to have an understanding of old mytholog This book was very hard to get into. It does not grab you until you are about halfway through the book. I actually had to re-start the book three times to understand the jump in time and even then I didn't quite understand everyone's placement in the story until the very end. I gave this book four (4) stars because it was hard to follow. The story lines were wonderful once you got the understanding of them. You felt for the characters, but you almost need to have an understanding of old mythology and ancient civilizations to follow this story, in my opinion.I will read the next book in the series and it is worth the read, but you will have to slog through until you get caught up in the reading.
    more
  • Gillion Machota
    January 1, 1970
    *SENT TO ME VIA SMITH PUBLICITY I could not finish this. You would think for a plot line like this it would dive right in but it doesn’t. It has a lot of medical stuff which is understandable for it to be a witch accusing like Book but they did not go further on with it. This had so much potential and I wish I would have liked it more.
    more
  • Mary Zebrowski
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book by Rebecca Kightlinger. It is the first of a series. It did not take me long to read. I enjoyed reading this book. I look forward to the next
  • Kristen McQuinn
    January 1, 1970
    Pending HNS review.
  • Margaret DiPastina
    January 1, 1970
    I am trying so hard not to finish this book too quickly BUT I CAN'T STOP READING! I promise myself I'll only read one or two chapters and then BAM I've read 10! I love getting to know the characters, learning their lineage and watching them follow their destinies. I think the addition of the online link (https://www.burydownchronicles.com/ch...) to maps and name/location pronunciations was a fantastic idea! Looking forward to volume 2!
    more
Write a review