This is historical fantasy at its best. Sixteen-year-old Hild has always been a favorite of her uncle, king of the Shylfings. So when she protects her cousin the crown prince from a murderous traitor, she expects the king to be grateful. Instead, she is unjustly accused of treachery herself.
As punishment, her uncle sends Hild far away to the heir of the enemy king, Beowulf, to try to weave peace between the two kingdoms. She must leave her home and everyone she loves. On the long and perilous journey, Hild soon discovers that fatigue and rough terrain are the least of her worries. Something is following her and her small band of guards—some kind of foul creature that tales say lurks in the fens. Will Hild have to face the monster? Or does it offer her the perfect chance to escape the destiny she never chose?
Rebecca Barnhouse’s companion to The Coming of the Dragon is sure to appeal to younger fans of Tamora Pierce, Esther Friesner, and Shannon Hale.
From the Hardcover edition.
About Rebecca Barnhouse
REBECCA BARNHOUSE teaches and writes about medieval topics and about children’s literature set in the middle ages. Her books include Recasting the Past: The Middle Ages in Young Adult Literature and The Book of the Knight of the Tower: Manners… More about Rebecca Barnhouse
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers Mar 27, 2012| 336 Pages| Middle Grade (10 and up)| ISBN 9780375898488