January 3, 2011
This week's pick: The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
"Exiled and enslaved against her will -- can Kate outwit her captors?
Because her sister Alicia sent an impulsive letter to Queen Mary, Kate Sutton, lady-in-waiting to Princess Elizabeth, has been exiled. Sent to Elvenwood, "The Perilous Guard," Kate is intrigued by the master of the isolated castle, Sir Geoffrey Heron, and his strangely silent brother, Christopher. Elvenwood is shrouded in secrets that no one will explain to Kate, so she sets out to find some answers on her own. But her curiosity almost kills her, for she stumbles upon the otherworldly province of the secret residents of the land around Elvenwood - the People of the Hill. And the People want to make Kate a slave for life."
I really like that this novel combines a historical setting and dealings with the fey. The author's depiction of the Fairy Folk and the life Kate must endure while underground definitely stands out, and the relationship building is gradual and believable despite the limitations of circumstance that are imposed. The writing has an old-fashioned feel that suits the time period and story.
Plus, it received the Newbery Honor award!
Anyone remember this book?