Grudging by Michelle Hauck
A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.
The north has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.
On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.
The Women of the Song.
But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out.
I love this story. The cover is absolutely amazing–and so are the characters. The pacing is great, as is the character development.
Grudging isn’t set in a fantasized England, but has more of a Spanish flavor. The challenges the major characters face are life and death struggles. Without giving away the ending, the last chapters are epic.
My favorite part of the story is the differing viewpoints of the main characters and the clash of cultures that drive the main plot. As in all wars, there are two sides to each story and both sides think they’re right.
I recommend checking out Grudging.
About the author:
Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. She is the author of the YA epic fantasy Kindar’s Cure, as well as the short story “Frost and Fog,” which is included in the anthology Summer’s Double Edge.
Find her on twitter under @Michelle4Laughs or her blog Michelle4Laughs: It’s in the details