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  • ISBN: 9781536207774
  • ISBN: 1536207772
  • Physical Description: 291 pages : genealogical table, maps ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2020.

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"Wales, 1109. Three years ago, a warband raided Elen's home. Her baby sister could not escape the flames. Her older sister fought back and almost killed the warband's leader, Owain ap Cadwgan, before being killed herself. Despite Elen's own sexual assault at the hands of the raiders, she saw a chance to live and took it. She healed Owain's wound and spun a lie: Owain ap Cadwgan, son of the king of Powys, cannot be killed, not by blade nor blow nor poison. Owain ap Cadwgan has the protection of Saint Elen, as long as he keeps her namesake safe from harm and near him always. For three years, Elen has had plenty of food, clothes to wear, and a bed to sleep in that she shares with the man who brought that warband to her door. Then Owain abducts Nest, the wife of a Norman lord, and her three children, triggering full-out war. As war rages, and her careful lies threaten to unravel, Elen begins to look to Nest and see a different life -- if she can decide, once and for all, where her loyalties lie" --

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #2
    As her family lies dead and the farm burns around them, Elen saves herself from a similar fate with her quick wits, which sets her on a new path as the companion-protector to roguish Prince Owain. Twelfth-century Wales is filled with conflict, fraught and unruly, and when Owain decides to revenge himself against a Norman lord by kidnapping his wife (Nest) and children, Elen does all she can to befriend, shield, and help Nest and her offspring escape. When the time comes, hopefully Nest will do the same for Elen. Coats' research serves her well as she creates a fictional character (Elen) to guide modern readers through the historical kidnapping of Princess Nest, sometimes known as the Helen of Wales. 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. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

J. Anderson Coats is the author of books and short stories for children and young adults. Her first novel, the critically acclaimed The Wicked and the Just, is also a story of medieval Wales. J. Anderson Coats lives and works as a librarian near Seattle, Washington.

Subject: Survival > Fiction.
Rape victims > Fiction.
Sisters > Death > Fiction.
Wales > History > 12th century > Fiction.
Survival > Fiction.
Wales > History > 12th century > Fiction.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Historical fiction.

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