Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush, atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies, and sacrifice.
Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest.
Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.
Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out.
Tessa Gratton’s writing is beautiful!
If I’m being honest, this isn’t my favorite type of book to read, but I really enjoyed it. I don’t want to get into too much of the story, but I’ll talk about some of the stuff I really liked.
I loved the relationship between Mair, Arthur, and Rhun. Arthur was my favorite. He loved Mair, Mair loved Rhun, and Rhun loved Arthur. It was a bit odd, but they all made it work. Their friendship and love for each other was so special. I guess it was sort of a love triangle, but not in the sense that anyone fought over it. They kind of just understood that they were a trio.
The atmosphere was perfect. The forest was super creepy and the writing was very descriptive. I loved all the charms the witches made.
Three Graces had made a bargain with the devil to keep their town safe from illness, weather, bad crops, etc. Every seven years they sent one young man into the forest. Very few ever made it out. That was their sacrifice. Three years earlier, the saint came back out missing his hand, but alive. But something must have gone wrong. The bargain wasn’t holding up. Mair knew Rhun would likely be the next saint, but she couldn’t handle losing him. She also wanted to understand what went wrong before sending anyone back in. But her mother said they must continue the bargain.
The three kids work together to try to fix things. They find out that they have been lied to and find more lies before the end. Mair has to find a way to keep everyone safe, including Rhun and Arthur.
This book’s pacing is pretty slow and didn’t have a ton of action. While I enjoy reading these types of stories, I also know that it takes me a long time to get through them. Because of the pacing, I gave this book 4 stars. But the writing is definitely a 5.
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for giving me a copy to read early.
Have you read Strange Grace yet? What other books by Tessa Gratton did you read and enjoy?