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Megge of Bury Down

(The Bury Down Chronicles #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  68 reviews
In thirteenth century Cornwall, young Megge has just come of age to be apprenticed to her mother, the healer of Bury Down. But first, she must accept and vow to protect The Book of Seasons, an ancient tome that holds life-sustaining power harnessed centuries earlier by Murga, the first seer of Bury Down.

At her vowtaking ceremony, yearning to accept her inheritance and take
Paperback, Enhanced Edition, 316 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Rowan Moon (first published July 1st 2017)
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I don't read much of fantasy but since this book was a historical fantasy based in medieval England (Cornwall) I decided to give it a try and that to as an audio book for a change. I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the narrator's voice; it is soothing, melodic and clear and she does manage to create an atmospheric feel but I did struggle a bit to keep up with the pace, the story and the different characters and their relationship with each other and I feel the written book would have been a be ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, I honestly think this could become my new favorite series, and definitely in my top 5 favorite series. It actually reminded me a lot a book I read when I was younger that I loved, called Witch Child. This didn't have the same story or format, but I enjoyed the magic behind the more common story of women healers being accused of witchcraft. There were a lot of things that I would wonder and want to know more about, but the pace of the book, and the timing of things being ...more
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Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 5

Starting a bit slowly, we are introduced to Megge at age 6, daughter of the seer of Bury Down in Cornwall, and subjected to all of the ‘superstitions’ and isolations that the questions (and fears) that surrounded healers in the day. Questions about witchcraft, learning the potions and ointments, the nature that surrounds them, as well as protection of the book – one that chronicles their art and is valuable to more than just Megge and her m
This was a fabulous historical fantasy! This was a well written story that starts out a bit slow but so worth it to stay with it! This story is so interesting it’s a coming of age story, a finding your true self story, a story about what family and society expect from you. Megge is a child when the story starts in a family of strong women healers but it is the 1200’s so you can guess parts of this book because healers weren’t always accepted as such! But is Megge ready or willing to be in line t ...more
Kristina (heartsfullofreads)
Megge of Bury Down is a very well written historical fantasy taking place in 13th century England. Ultimately, this is a coming of age story and we get to see our protagonist Megge from the time she is a child and into her early teens. I wasn't expecting Megge to be so young through the majority of the book, but this was well balanced with other older characters in the story. My favorite part of this book was the focus on strong female characters and the bonds between them. It was beautifully do ...more
Megge of Bury Down is a historical fantasy. It's the first novel by Rebecca Kightlinger who writes reviews for the Historical Novel Society. I chose to read this book because I like paranormal content, but if you are one of those who like your historical fiction without such elements, Megge of Bury Down probably won't be for you.

I received a review copy from the publisher via Net Galley in return for this review.

The historical aspect of Megge of Bury Down is very well-developed. We are constant
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I must be honest this book does have a slow start, however if you are willing to stick around for a few chapters you find yourself hooked. Wondering where Megge’s destiny is going to take her. Will she finally open The Book of Seasons and become a women of Bury Down?

This is a great twist on a coming of age story, that many can relate to today. A young girl struggle with walking the path carved for her or carving her own path. While hidi
Kerrie Hoar
Set in 13th century England, this book tells the story of Megge - one of the women of Bury Down - healers and protectors of the Book of Seasons.  At six years old, Megge is expected to accept a vow to protect the book.  When she touches the book, it burns her hand and she refuses to take her vow.  Will family tragedy force her to take her place as protector of the book?  

A bit of a slow start, but it grabbed my interest and held it through the rest of the book. The book is well-written with a ri
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 Stars. Megge of Bury Down was such a whimsical read. In my case I listen to the audiobook. The narrator did a fantastic job in portraying the magic behind the story of women healers. I enjoyed every bit but the thing that I missed was a little bit of action in the middle of the audiobook.
Joanna Loves Reading
The narration for this story was well-done and atmospheric. I enjoyed listening to it. This is a historical fantasy story, which is a bit different than I would typically choose to listen to or read. The story follows Megge, who has powerful gifts passed down to her from both her mother and fathers side. This is a coming of age story that follows Megge as she tries to deny her future, eventually coming to accept that she must fulfill her destiny.

This book takes place in medieval Cornwall area.
Celtic's Library
Maggie is only a young child of six years when she is brought to a special place in the woods to become one of the women of Bury Down. Unfortunately, things do not go as her mother planned. “Murder!” The book speaks horrible things to Maggie and it hurts her. Rejecting the book, Maggie spends her time learning new skills and tending the sheep. Her mother keeps pushing her to accept the book, but still Maggie refuses. We follow Maggie as she grows into a young woman and how the book is always the ...more
Thirteenth Century Cornwall...not an easy time for women. Young Megge struggles to accept her destiny. This is an engaging and entertaining read full of interesting facts about medieval life. The ending felt abrupt, but I realize this is part one of a continuing series.
Katherine Hayward Pérez
Megge of Bury Down is a very detailed read about how Megge, a 6-year-old girl born in 13th century England, discovers her mother's book of healing. Seven years pass, and she has 4 guardians Mother, Aunt Claris, Morwen, and Aleydis. Another thing she has is a constant conflict going on between her and her cousin Brighida. Right from the beginning, we are thrown straight into the action in the village and also see conflicts between villagers.

Megge is our narrator throughout this book, in which we
Sulagna Mondal
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What I really liked about this book is that it's based in our world. It may be based in the 13th century, but it mixes magic with a bit of English history. I liked the characters, especially Megge, who is truthful and honest to her feelings. She acknowledges that she's scared of the book's power and stays away from it, unlike most fantasy books where the female protagonist is  unafraid. 

In Megge of Bury Down, the author gives us a story that reminds me of old, rusty libraries. It has an old char
Jamie Jack
Pacing Off; Complex World Confusing

Book and Audiobook Review:
I am still relatively new to audiobooks, and this is the first fantasy book that I've listened to. I also read along, which I think helped me to understand some of the complexity of this story—and its multigenerational cast of characters—more. The book stars a Cornish, Dark Ages little girl called Megge who was born into a family of healers and seers, and she is supposed to follow in her mother's healing path. She resists this strongly
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of this ebook via NetGalley.

In this unusual book, we meet Megge, a 6-year old girl born into a gifted family of healers with paranormal talents. Megge, frightened by powers she doesn't fully understand, has refused her place among these unusual women, unknowingly placing their future in grave danger. Megge is our narrator as we join her in her struggle to come to terms with who and what she and her family are, as well as their p
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok. That was a good story and I can appreciate how full the author’s brain must be with these rich characters and their intriguing history and mysterious lore. However, I’m going to have to read the first two chapters again to see if it makes better sense having finished the rest of the book. I was totally lost the first few pages, but I hung on. I’m glad I did. This is a story of powerful yet modest women and their ancestors and descendants who guard and guide two books that see them through li ...more
Sandy Schleich
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I started reading this book, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not. I don’t normally like to read books that start off from a child’s perspective throughout that child’s life. I was surprised by this book. Even though the story started out being told by a child and her life, it did not seem like a child was telling the story. This book cot and held my interest throughout the book. I liked the history of the way women healers were viewed as wise women by their community and often v ...more
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Title: Megge of Bury Down
Author: Rebecca Kightlinger
Paperback Pages: 292 Pages
Publishing Company: Zumaya Arcane
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Medievalism, British Literature
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Anna Tan
Megge of Bury Down is a story of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and facing up to hard truths. At six, Megge was too afraid to take up her mother's book and at eleven, all she can do is watch as her cousin, Brighida the golden child, shines in everything Megge has refused. She feels like an outcast, even in her own family, but cannot find the courage to do the one thing that would make a difference: open The Book of Seasons.

The novel follows Megge's life and growth from this point onwards, givi
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Megge is a complex character in this engaging story of healers ("good witches") in the middle ages.

Megge has been born into a family of healers. One line of the family has an ancient Book of Time and the other line has an ancient Book of Seasons. The books contain healing remedies and techniques and words of celestial wisdom written down by the women over the generations. Each new daughter is trained as an apprentice and prepared to take the vow of the women of Bury Down when they reach a certai
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some books you just have a spiritual connection with.

You know what I mean? I’m sure that if I ask you which book you’ve had a heart relationship with, you could immediately pull to mind a title or two (or twelve).

I was recently going through a period of pretty high anxiety, and really needed a story that I could just sink into. One that felt a little slower-paced. A little magical. A journey, more than an adventure.

Welcome to Megge of Bury Down by Rebecca Kightlinger.

Rebecca Kightlinger is a spe
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Megge of Bury Down was one of those books that I hated to put down. I went without sleep and was late for work because I could not stop reading.

Megge has a fate, a duty, she is supposed to accept as a young woman of Bury Down but she fears what she has to do to take her vow. Because of her fears there is an overwhelming sense of isolation in her character as her mother, aunt, and cousin all grow closer with their training and healing duti
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Megge of Bury Down is a coming of age story set in medieval Cornwall. Megge, the protagonist, is six years old at the onset of the book. She’s a bit of an odd duck in her family and feels distant from her mother and other relatives. The beginning of the book is slow, but things do speed up a tad as you read along. The pace throughout—particularly through the prologue—was slow, even during moments where exciting things happened. There’s a lot of repetition of Megge’s family history over 900 years ...more
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

In this tale, we follow Megge as she grows from a 6 year old child who is afraid of ghostly whispers to a young woman who is prepared to stop at nothing to save the people she loves. Narrator Jen Cramer's voice skips along with a poetic rhythm through picturesque descriptions of the Cornish countryside and thoughtful tales of castles, sailors, medieval craftsmen and wise women. Along the entirety of the novel, one can feel the heavy weight of destiny that follows Megge in the secrets of her moth
Heidi | Paper Safari Book Blog
Megge wants nothing to do with her families legacy. After she touched her mothers Book of Seasons she heard someone whisper "murderer" and she has refused to touch it ever since. But it is always there taunting her, talking to her. So she tries instead to focuses on herding and learning to weave and spin wool. Her Aunt has a Book of Time both books handed down through generations and protected by a guardian who can unite both books. But Megge is frightened of them both, she seems to have a natur ...more
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Megge of Bury Down by Rebecca Kightlinter was billed as historical, sci-fi, and fantasy but really it was a novel of the Middle Ages when people saw the world differently and believed more in the occult than we do now. It is a story of Megge who is one of a long line of "wise women," who are healers and are gifted with the "sight." These women are often blamed for a variety of misdeeds and burned at the stake, which was the goal for these women as well. Fortunately the Earl that was their overlo ...more
Michelle Kidwell

Megge of Bury Down: Book One in the Bury Down Chronicles
by Rebecca Kightlinger
Zumaya Arcane

Historical Fiction , Teens & YA
Pub Date 01 Feb 2018  

I am reviewing a copy of Megge of Bury Down through Zumay Arcane and Netgalley:

In this book we will be transported back to thirteenth century Cornwall where we meet Megge who lives on a sheep farm in the shadow of Bury Down, this place had been known as the land of second site for a thousand years. The Book Of seasons is so valued that the healer would r
3.5 stars

As a general rule, I do not read fantasy. I chose this audiobook for the historical fiction aspect.

Set in thirteenth century Cornwall, it is the story of a group of female healers including a young girl named Megge. The women are guardians of an ancient book of life-sustaining powers which Megge fears is cursed. The novel is narrated from her POV as she grows up in this family of women. Novels about women healers in the Medieval Period often do not end well for at least some of the wom
Beth Martinez
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book by this author I have “read” and I really enjoyed the audiobook version. The reader of this audio book absolutely hit the Mark with this story. She reads clearly, with amazing tone, emotion, and inflection. She melodically and methodically adjust her voice to fit the particular parts of the story.
The story by Rebecca Kightlinger, is so very authentic to the frustration healers had in Celtic English. It has amazing depth to the characters. Although some parts are difficult
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In her twenty years of medical practice as an obstetrician gynecologist, first in private practice and then on the clinical faculty of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Rebecca Kightlinger had the privilege of caring for the women of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Guyana, while publishing both research papers and patient education articles. But in 2010, when her right wrist was shattered ...more

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