Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia

Rating: 3 stars

Series: Forest of Whispers #1

In the Black Forest, Rune lived with Matilde who was known as a witch. They were safe in the forest until some bad things began happening in the village nearby. The villagers blamed them, and Rune had to go one the run. The secrets of her past began to unravel, and she learned that she was in more danger than she had thought.

This was hard to rate since I really liked some things and didn’t like others. I loved the setting in the Black Forest especially since it had a mystical feel. It took place in the 17th century when there were actual witch trials in Bavaria although unlike IRL magic existed in this world. Witch hunts/trials have always fascinated me. This was a good depiction of how easy it was for panic to spread and for rumors of witches to be perpetuated.

Rune needed to be more emotional. She went through a few traumatic events and didn’t have strong reactions. Whenever bad things happened, she simply accepted it as fate. Sometimes she was TSTL. I don’t understand why she threw herself into situations where she was in danger. Her motivations for those actions weren’t explained. Laurentz was appealing because he didn’t conform to the norms of society and believe everything that was said about witches. I did like the relationship between Rune and Laurentz, but there was some insta-lust, which really wasn’t necessary. Their relationship was slowly developing just from spending time together.

The magic could have used more of an explanation. It worked in vague and random ways. I think some of that will be explained later on in the series as Rune figures those things out for herself. Forest of Whispers was okay, but it was good enough that I’d like to read the next one.

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


3 thoughts on “Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia

    1. It wasn’t like the magic system didn’t make sense at all, but a little more clarification would have been appreciated. I think it was that way because one of the main characters was figuring out how the magic worked so the readers were learning along with her.


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