Peaceweaver by Rebecca Barnhouse

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A specialist in Anglo-Saxon literature, the author braids in her knowledge of daily life in the Dark Ages effortlessly, reveling in homely detail.
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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.


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About Rebecca Barnhouse

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REBECCA BARNHOUSE is the author of The Book of the Maidservant and The Coming of the Dragon. She first read Beowulf in Old English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her doctorate, studying Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and medieval literature written in Old and Middle English, Old Norse, and other fascinating languages. She lives in Ohio, where she is a professor of English at Youngstown State University. To find out more, visit her Web site at rebeccabarnhouse.com.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 338 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 15 2012

A specialist in Anglo-Saxon literature, the author braids in her knowledge of daily life in the Dark Ages effortlessly, reveling in homely detail.

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Reviewed by MK

Rebecca Barnhouse's Medevial and Norse graduate studies lend her the knowledge necessary to weave Peaceweaver into a highly believable and authentic feeling adventure story.

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Charlotte's Library

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Reviewed by Charlotte on Apr 20 2012

Peaceweaver, like The Coming of the Dragon, is absolutely top notch historical fantasy.

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The Ramblings of a Kindle Addict

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Reviewed by Gina on May 01 2012

She had me entranced for the entire read, transporting me to another time.

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Random Musings of a Bibliophile

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Reviewed by Brandy Painter on Mar 21 2012

Rebecca Barnhouse conveys the time and period of her story while weaving the mythology of the people who lived it through the plot beautifully.

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