Better than her Queen books. Not as good as the Virgin Earth and Earthy Joys. The "Wise Woman" is anything but. In fact she's a despicable young thing who lives in a convent for the love of it's good food and shelter. She escapes when it is burned and pillaged and believes her Mother Superior is dead. She ends up in at a castle,and becomes whore to the local nobleman, using her witch skills to enslave him.
She eventually betrays the old healer/witch who reared her before and after the convent. It gets rather horrible with some wax voodoo dolls that come to life. Then she betrays the Mother Superior who wasn't dead after all.
An exciting page turner which could have been shorter. It seemed like the author kept saying the same things over and over again.
Finally redemption comes on the very last page when she flings herself upon the Mother Superior's fire (who's being burned as a heretic). This change was so out of character! It comes out of left field with no explanation. There were also some plot lines that were left hanging. She never finished the scene where the wax doll demons were seen walking towards the castle!
I would love for my book club ladies to read and analyze this one.