The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest: A Medieval Fairy Tale, by Melanie Dickerson, is an enticing tale that reminds one of Robin Hood. Set in the northeast German portion of the Roman Empire in 1363, it includes a unique heroine and an intelligent, brave hero that capture the reader’s heart from the very beginning.
Odette Menkels lives with her uncle and teaches orphans to read by day, but by night she hunts on the margrave’s land, providing meat for the poorest residents of Thornbeck. Having been a hungry orphan early in her own life, she not only sympathizes, but acts upon her emotions by using her incredible hunting abilities. Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, knows there is a poacher on the land, but has been unable to catch him. The two meet during a dance, each unaware that the other is the enemy, and are instantly attracted. When Odette realizes the problem, she is torn between her feelings for Jorgen and her responsibility to the hungry people depending on her. Odette know that she is breaking the law, even though she wonders if God would approve, but justifies it because she is helping so many people. Jorgen is just trying to do his job, but has a vengeance for the poacher because he believes it to be the one who killed his father.
This is a marvelous story. I loved many of the characters in this tale, as they are interesting and loveable. I especially enjoyed Anna, the best friend, and Jorgen’s mother, the wise older woman.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fairy tale.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.