Monday, April 25, 2011

Review: The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

Book: The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird
Pages:432 Pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Release Date: April 18th, 2011
Source: Publisher
Grade: 4 Stars
In seventeenth-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment—or worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged. She escapes, but instead of finding shelter with her principled, patriotic uncle, she brings disaster to his door.
Betrayed by one of her own accusers, Maggie must try to save her uncle and his family from the king’s men, even if she has to risk her own life in the process.
Originally published in the UK, this book has a powerful blend of heart-stopping action and thought-provoking themes.
My Thoughts:
Reading this book made me realize something, if I had lived in the 1600’s, I’d probably be accused of witchcraft.  People were really harsh back then, man. I really liked how the author showed that in the book.

The characters made this story for me. Maggie was a strong main character and if I were put in her shoes, I couldn’t do half the things she did. Her grandmother was hilarious and I didn’t think she deserved the ending she got.  I really think that this is one of the few books I’ve read where I really wanted to strangle a person. Annie was infuriating and I couldn’t believe that everyone believed her crap.

The setting for this story was new and original. I have never read a witch story set in Ireland. I loved that the author introduced the new places with lots of details. Someday I want to visit Ireland.

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair is definitely a book you want to try if you’re a historical fiction lover like me.  I give this book 4 Stars!

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