Singer by Jean Thesman

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Gwenore's mother is the evil Rhiamon, whose thirst for power transcends any morality. For years, Gwenore has lived in terrified captivity, not understanding why her mother so loathes her. Then she manages to escape, along with her longtime nursemaid and a mysterious enchanter- priest. First Gwenore is hidden at an abbey where she learns to read and make music. Then she is discovered. Her name and appearance changed, she is moved to the women's healing community of Blessingwood, and is taught medicine and herbwork. But then tragedy strikes again, and she must leave. As Mary Singer, she becomes nursemaid to the children of the magical king of Lir-until the king marries Rhiamon. Singer knows that her mother will try to kill the children. What can she do to save their lives-and her own? Based on the classic Irish folk-tale "The Children of Lir," this swiftly paced fantasy will keep readers turning the pages.
 

About Jean Thesman

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Jean Thesman is a highly regarded author of a number of successfuil books on the Avon list, including Cattail Moon and The Ornament Tree. She lives in surburban Seattle, Washington, with her husband Bob and four dogs.
 
Published April 7, 2005 by Viking Juvenile. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Singer comes to Lir where she learns to love Lir’s royal children, but Rhiannon marries their father and arrives to destroy both the children of Lir and Singer in a final climax that mixes pity, horror and hope.

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Gwenore and her friends flee to Ireland, but Gwenore ends up on the Island of Lir, where she must protect its kingdom from the evil witch and finally discover who she really is.

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