**Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review.**
Trigger Warning: Cancer Mention, Alcoholic Parent, Paedophile (Aggie’s uncle is a paedophile), Rape, Teen Pregnancy (caused by Rape), Teen Pregnancy, Attempted Suicide, Suicide Mention, Newborn Death.
Teenager Aggie Ksisak longs to be normal, but her coming of age includes a legacy as the most powerful Inupiat Eskimo shaman in history. Aggie enjoys the feisty discussions with her spirit guide, a sassy bowhead whale, and finds learning to be a shaman fun. Until it isn’t. Until the night her dreams are invaded by a powerful demon spirit who threatens to destroy her and everyone she loves.
When she finally begins to accept her powerful birthright, her world is shattered by alcoholism, sexual abuse, and death. Aggie rejects the only thing that can save her and poised on the brink of darkness, she wonders if she deserves to live.
By accepting her destiny and embracing her powers of spiritual healing Aggie has the ability to save herself and rise above her fear, humiliation, and shame. But why should she?
Publication Date: April 7th 2016.
When I first heard of and read about The Whispering of Trees, I thought that Aggie’s story would be darker than normal, but still an adventure. How wrong I was. Continue reading