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  • The Keepers of Metsan Valo

  • A Novel
  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Summary

The spirits of Nordic folklore come calling in this entrancing tale of family secrets and ancient mysteries by the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Haunting of Brynn Wilder.

In Metsan Valo, her family home on Lake Superior, Anni Halla’s beloved grandmother has died. Among her fond memories, what Anni remembers most vividly is her grandmother’s eerie yet enchanting storytelling. By firelight she spun tall tales of spirits in the nearby forest and waters who could heal - or harm - on a whim. But of course those were only stories…

The reading of the will now occasions a family reunion. Anni and her twin brother, their almost otherworldly mother, and relatives Anni hasn’t seen in forever - some with good reason - are all brought back together under one roof that strains to hold all their tension. But it’s not just Anni’s family who is unsettled. Whispers wind through the woods. Laughter bursts from bubbling streams. Raps from unseen hands rupture on the walls. Fireflies swarm and nightmares stir. With each odd occurrence, Anni fears that her return has invited less a welcoming and more a warning.

When another tragedy strikes near home, Anni must dive headfirst into the mysterious happenings to discover the truth about her home, her family, and the wooded island’s ancient lore. Plunging into the past may be the only way to save her family from whatever bedevils Metsan Valo.

©2021 by Wendy Webb. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Wendy Webb once again spins a magical web in The Keepers of Metsan Valo, weaving Nordic folklore, family legacy, and the bonds that unite us to each other and to the natural world. She is the sorceress of Lake Superior. Get ready to be ensnared!” (Carol Goodman, two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of The Lake of Dead Languages and The Stranger Behind You)

“A novel taut with threats and secrets, family lore, and folktales. Who - or what - truly guards and keeps the magnificent house and grounds of Metsan Valo? That is the question that thrums through the novel. And who - or what - is threatening and haunting the family who calls it home? Dark, brooding, and mysterious, as all good Gothics should be. Loved it.” (Kim Taylor Blakemore, author of After Alice Fell and The Companion)

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  • Mark D
  • 07-10-21

Boring

I've read/listened to all of her books. This was not on par with her earlier works.

This was just boring. Feels like nothing happened at all. It's a slow moving train. Her mother dies, everyone comes home. Then follows a predictably bad trope. Full of ridiculous names I can't even spell. Then the last hour, where it's supposed to have built to, falls flat.

I've never liked this narrator. It's like she's whispering in a closet. Her range in voicing different characters is awful.

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  • Rosi A. Sundin
  • 06-10-21

Narrator spoiled the story for me.

Is it me or all characters sound like an old lady? The narrator messed up this story for me. No matter who the character is, it sounds like an old lady. The "dreamy" cadence she attempts to spin is as annoying as sleep inducing. I struggled to pay attention, it made it so boring. That being said, the storyline was great, another hit by Wendy Webb. You just have to get over that horrible narration and try to keep up without falling asleep.

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  • Kira Absolon
  • 18-10-21

Ok but pretty predictable

I found the story pretty predictable. If you like forest fairys etc. you might find this interesting. Without telling you the ending, I felt it was not an interesting resolution. As well, as ther are a couple of plot twists that are added, it's seems, just to fix loose ends.
The performance is good. I liked the main character.

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  • Julie Ann
  • 12-10-21

Wendy Webb returns - stronger than ever!

I will admit, I was not the biggest fan of her last book (Byrn Wilder) but this one more than makes up for it. What a beautiful story intertwined with mystery, folklore, magic and family (but not in a sappy way that will make you cry - I hate crying). This ranks up there with The Vanishing (my fav WW story!). Well done!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-21

Well Written but Didn’t Love It

I’m a huge Wendy Webb fan but this story wasn’t my favorite. It’s beautifully written and the imagery is wonderful, as it is with all Wendy Webb books, but the story itself was not my favorite. It was too out there and I wish the love story part of the book had been developed a little more.

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  • Susan McBride
  • 18-12-21

I love Wendy Webb books

I really enjoyed this one but the ending dragged a bit. I'll still buy more of her books. Really enjoyable.

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  • Charlee Talor
  • 27-11-21

very good

a lovely pagan tale. a little plodding at times, and some repetitive use of phrases, but all in all, a fun read.

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  • Ashley Knowles
  • 23-11-21

Pleasantly surprised

When I first began the book I wasn’t sure it was worth reading but after a few chapters I was hooked. A very riveting read.

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  • Crystal S.
  • 15-10-21

As always kudos!

I really enjoyed how she integrated characters from previous books into the storyline, It was like I was walking back in time remembering these characters and finding a new set of characters to enjoy, and the narrator Xe Sands as always did a wonderful interpretation!

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  • Kristi Bailye
  • 06-08-22

Kind of a let down

This is the second book I’ve read from the author. There were some good parts and interesting story. Enjoyed the intertwining of characters from other book. Overall, I had hoped there was going to be more to it. Slow moving at times and ending did not match the build up. Predicable and left disappointed at the end.