An unruly, bloodthirsty band of warriors rampages through 12th-century Wales…this gritty narrative brings a little-known period in history to life…Dramatic and intense; not for the fainthearted.
The story (set during 1109–1110) is based on an account in a medieval Welsh chronicle. Its plot involves the ornate politics of small kingdoms and family allegiances, and the impositions and political weight of England’s Norman king. Amidst all the masculine burning and pillaging, Elen’s first-person, present-tense telling…sheds a light on female survival and resistance.
—The Horn Book
The story is bleak, brutal, and unforgiving, narrated by Elen herself, making the experience that much more immediate and personal. Supporting materials include the lineage of Welsh royal houses, a map, and a pronunciation guide for the Welsh words in the story, as well as an historical note.
This intense and dark survival tale takes place in Wales in 1109…The high-level intensity of the plot makes this a better choice for older readers who have an interest in medieval history.
—School Library Connection