Only a blackbird girl can set her free....Envy is a lucky with a secret vice: she's one of the best thieves in the kingdom-something her current employer, the king himself, has no knowledge of. When one of her more audacious gambles gets her caught, Envy thinks her luck's run out. Infuriated, the king banishes her to Bran Tower, a haunted, forgotten prison of no escape.
But, by day, a mysterious blackbird brings Envy crumbs of food-and, by night, the beautiful ghost Merle befriends her.
Or so Envy thinks. When Merle, no ghost at all, reveals her terrible truth-cursed to spend daylight as a blaackbird, night as mortal woman she once was-Envy confesses too: that she's fallen for the blackbird girl.
But love has made them reckless in a forest of dangerous men. On the night of their planned escape, Merle is kidnapped by a band of brigands seeking the treasure of her father, the Blackbird King. Envy is brave but is now faced with an almost impossible task: to journey through the cursed forest in the hopes of saving her beloved Merle.
REVIEW:What attracted me in the book in the first place was the story. The description says it's a fairytale and I really wanted to read a fairytale at that period. It's been a long time and I just wanted to read something that will travel me in other worlds and magical places.
I liked the story. All the characters were different and with their own personalities. And I liked the way the kingdom worked, even though not punishing the thieves looks little weird. Also, the fact the Envy was so talented with doing magic looked little fake, to me.
The writing style was simple and easy to understand. It had lots of small scenes that were meaningful, not many descriptions that would bore you. But I found the language a little out of time, I think it was more modern. All scenes are with Envy or Envy and others, because it's been written by Envy's point of view, that way you have a chance to understand her better and sympathize her, because in the beginning I found her a little selfish and arrogant. That way, though, you don't have the chance to meet the other characters better, so Belinda and Merle are a mystery to us until the end, not that we don't learn their background stories from Envy.
The end was amazing. Although the whole story looks like a simple love story, the end was the best part of the book for me. It has action and I was anxious the whole time. Envy does most of the part, but the last scenes were really good.
Bottom line, I really liked the book. I do recommend it to you. It's simple and sweet and a classic fairytale story.