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Book I of the Runestone Saga ends with a terrifying reversal. The grandfather who showed Sky how to use the power of the runes to travel back in time, revealed his secret plans—which turn out to involve murder and possession. Sky must now find a way to fight his powerful teacher—for his cousin’s very soul.
And so he travels to Corsica, home of his other forbears, hoping to find some knowledge, some power. The blood feud of vendetta still runs hot in Sky’s family, as does the supernatural power of the Mazzeri the Corsican dream hunters of death. Sky must again travel back through time, inhabiting the life of Tza, a fierce girl from the 1500s. As he sinks into Tza’s mind, Sky wonders are all of his ancestors murderers?
Vendetta is a heady, exciting blend of supernatural possibility and historical truth that will leave readers gasping for the final installment of the trilogy.
OPENING LINE: “He’d been dreaming of hands.”
‘In this sequel to The Fetch (2006), 15-year-old Sky March is off to Corsica to figure out how to evict his evil Norwegian grandfather, Sigurd, who is possessing his beloved cousin Kristin. Seeking help from the Corsican branch of his family, Sky runs into the Mazzeri, the Dream Hunters, who leave their bodies to hunt—the Corsican equivalent to the Norse “Fetch” magic practiced by Sky. Schooled in Mazzeri secrets by his mysterious aunt, Sky travels back in time to 1583 and merges with 14-year-old Tza, an ancestress. Sky carves a new set of runestones with Tza’s stone blade, works to end the vendetta, and seeks a method to free Kristin. Humphreys’ interweaving of Corsican legends and rune lore is fascinating, but the pacing in the novel’s second half drags when Sky retreats for a year into a cave. Things pick up again, though, speeding forth to an exciting climax that will leave readers breathless for the next installment in the Runestone Saga series.’
– Tixier Herald –
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