"Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.
Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know".Witches are definitely one of my favourite paranormal creatures and so I'm really looking forward to this one. I recently read a glowing review of this book from a fellow author and immediately added it to my wish list. I love the idea of the "Old Ones" and how Briony is hiding lots of secrets because if the villagers find out she's a witch, she'll be killed. And of course, I'm also pleased to see that there is a potential love interest in there.
Chime is released on 17th March, 2011 in the US by Harper Collins and 4th April, 2011 in the UK by Bloomsbury. If you're interested in finding out more about the author, visit her website here.