Book Review: The Girl from the Rune Yard, Eric Guindon (2014)

Monday, May 19th, 2014

A Pleasant Surprise!

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Member Giveaways program.)

Filled with runic metals from the Time Before, the Rune Yard – the center of Kyria’s existence, so tantalizingly close yet still beyond her reach – is a place of mystery. Peril. Taboos and dark magic.

When she was just ten years old, a man died in the yard; Kyria watched the other workers carry his lifeless body out on an improvised stretcher. When she was sixteen, Kyria burrowed under the fence separating the Yard from the ramshackle house occupied by her family; once inside, she had a near-death experience of her own.

All her life, she’s felt a strong connection to the Rune Yard. Sometimes Kyria can even hear it whispering to her. Yet, until that fateful night when the metals came crashing down on her, Kyria’s parents forbid her from working in the Yard, or even entering it. After that brush with death, Kyria’s father decided it would be best to train the headstrong young girl to run the Yard, since it was clear that she’d find her way in anyway.

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