Chime was my first Franny Billingsley book, but it definitely won’t be my last. If you are looking for a lush, old-meets-modern folk tale full of magic and plot twists, I cannot recommend Chime highly enough.
Briony is a wicked girl, or so she’s been told by her stepmother. The opening scene of Chime depicts Briony ready to be hung for her sins, as she’s admitted to crimes she truly believes she committed. Friends, I want to give this magical book a hug. It took me on a splendid journey, the sort I so rarely get to go on, where I never knew what would happen next.
I will admit I had trouble getting into Chime, but I pressed on because my trusted reviewers enjoyed it. You see, I had trouble finding my bearings, as much of Chime is written in an old sort of English where people say ‘thee’ but then cars and electricity would pop up and I’d have no idea what century the book was set in. Yet, everything clicked for me about 100 pages in and I fell in love with Briony, Eldric and Rose. Billingsley’s writing is absolutely charming and feels like a layer cake with it’s complexity.
My heart was full from Eldric and Rose, two very different characters who had Briony’s back. I feel really dumb writing that but it’s true. I alternated between swoons and smiles. Eldric is compared to a lion because lions are awesome and gets up to trouble with Briony and teaches her to box and is just the coolest. Rose is seemingly not all there, but I came to a different conclusion, and well she says lots of weird things, but she’s kind of the key. That’s all I can say. AND GUYS there are big huge reveals in Chime and oh my God the ending was totally gasp worthy.
Chime is a gripping novel with beautiful language, you’ll want to rush through to find out what happens to Briony, but I suggest taking it slow and savoring Billingsley’s mastery of the written word.
Disclosure: Received for review via Shelf Awareness.
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