REVIEW: By These Ten Bones by Clare B. Dunkle

BY THESE TEN BONES by Clare B. Dunkle
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312659271
  • Source: Publisher
  • Summary: Goodreads
  • Rating: YY
  • There's hidden places all over this land-old, old places. Places with a
    chain for them to chain up the wolf when it's time.

    A bone-chilling tale of werewolves and love, set in medieval Scotland

    A mysterious young man has come to a small Highland town. His talent for wood carving soon wins the admiration of the weaver's daughter, Maddie. Fascinated by the silent carver, she sets out to gain his trust, only to find herself drawn into a terrifying secret that threatens everything she loves.

    There is an evil presence in the carver's life that cannot be controlled, and Maddie watches her town fall under a shadow. One by one, people begin to die. Caught in the middle, Maddie must decide what matters most to her-and what price she is willing to pay to keep it.


    When I was given the opportunity to read BY THESE TEN BONES by Clare B. Dunkle I jumped at the chance. It was not the first novel that I have read by this author so I was intrigued.

    This story centers on Maddie, a curious young girl who lives in a small Scottish village that one day is visited by a traveler and his mute companion, Paul. It is not long before a dark shadow falls about the village and bad things begin to happen. Paul is gravely injured by a creature one night and while he is on the mend Maddie falls for the handsome stranger that is not mute at all and it is then that Maddie learns of Paul's secrets and the danger that keeping them can mean for her village and all of those that she loves.

    Although I found this interpretation on werewolf lore to be interesting I did not find it engrossing and at times I found myself meandering through the story that was somewhat vague and esoteric. The character's of this story were also wrapped up in a cryptic fog that did not allow me to invest a care for any of them and believe me, I wanted to. What I did appreciate about this story was the overall atmosphere that came across as dark and mysterious for it provided enough menace to draw a few good ripples of fear. I only wish that it could have been enough to make me enjoy this story a bit more than I did.


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