Orphaned at a young age and taken in my her merchant uncle, Odette has always had soft spot in her heart for the orphans. So at night she poaches the Margrave's forest for meat to feed the poor.
Jorgen Hartman has inherited his father's position as the Margrave's Forester entrusted with protecting the forest from poachers like the one that killed his father.
A mix of Robin Hood and the Swan Princess, Odette is a compassionate and generous hearted heroine. But I personally thought that at times she was a bit misguided in the way that she went about helping others.
Jorgen has more in common with Odette than it would appear at first. He is innovative and conscious of the means at his disposal. I admired his straightforward approach to things and how he found ways to help others as well. Jorgen was easily my favorite character in this book.
A bit slow to start, this wasn't my favorite book of the series. It did all come together in the end, but it took a while to get there. I would agree with some other reviews in that in some ways this book seemed less complex, but also it did touch on some more adult themes as well. It was enjoyable read, nonetheless, and sets the stage for the sequel/companion book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.