***Note: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.***The Beginning (The Memoirs of Katherine deRion #1) by Pauline A. Ramsey
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Sometimes a curse can be quelled with spells of protection. Yet a curse born that of demons is a force few reckon with. Katherine deRion has known such horrors.
All was well on a routine hunting trip with her elder brothers when Katherine brought the wrath of the wolves upon their family. For every wolf slain; a member of her family shall die as well.
Born into the world of 16th century England where witches were burned and heretics persecuted because of their beliefs; Katherine's only hope for solace and survival lies in the hands of an old gypsy woman.
Warned of the coming of a mysterious person, Katherine finds herself irrevocably in love with an exotic and entrancing man. Perhaps with him, she can finally seek refuge in the arms of love rather than the embrace of Death.
When this book began, I had my doubts. The prologue didn’t come across to me as anything special. I kept reading because I never give up on a book in the first few pages. As soon as I hit the memoir part, there was no way you could get me to stop reading. You learn everything about Katherine’s immediate family and you share every triumph and sorrow they face. There is way more sorrow that befalls this family than any one family should have to bear. It was interesting and very creative. I definitely enjoyed the ride into the unknown.
The style of writing and language use was more formal and reflected the times and the upbringing of Katherine. It was well done and I didn’t notice any lapses into more modern language. While I did notice a few errors in the book, only one jumped out at me and bothered me to pieces. As it only appeared twice, I decided not to knock off stars for it.
You are rarely brought back to the present, but it didn’t bother me in the least. However, I did find the timing of it to be eerie. Every time it happened, I found myself with the same thoughts and actions as Krystine. That included her panicked reaction to reaching the end of the book. There is definitely more story to follow, and I will read the second book when it releases.
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