Rhiannon finds herself transfixed, imagining the horrid disaster that took so many youths near her own age. Then tragedy strikes closer to home with the discovery of a stranger's body near their bluff and accusations of murder leveled at one of the residents. Rhiannon knows she has to do something even though it means standing up to the aristocracy.
With help from a young monk and a mysterious pirate from France, Rhiannon hatches a dangerous plan to discover the true murderer's identity and sets off on a course that could have stunning consequences - and perhaps even reveal an astounding secret that could change history.
©2007 Vicki Grove; (P)2008 Penguin
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"Strong medieval setting"
This book is very atmospheric! Readers get a strong sense of what it was like to live in a medieval European town. The rhythms of Rhianna's everyday life -- her chores and activities, her family, her home on the bluff far above the town -- come through clearly. Even things we know to be true about medieval life but don't think about much are crisply portrayed. You can really feel how far distances can be when traveled by foot, or how long and deep nights can be without electricity.
The narration is also very well done.
The plot sounds fantastic in the blurb, but it wasn't presented with enough urgency for me to give it five stars. It's a gentle little story when I was expecting something with a little more punch. The good news is that this will likely keep it from being too scary for its intended audience (I'm guessing 9-12 years?), but I was never riveted to my earphones. I wouldn't listen to this again, and would recommend it to people looking for things in this setting but not if their main interests were mysteries or fast-moving storylines.
"A Simple, Pleasing Listen"
Enjoyed this book. Was interesting, a simple listen, it was what I expected. What I did not expect, was the entertainment. This is not a simple little plot, there is more here than meets the eye. Somewhat predictable, but a good listen.
"Another great story!"
Mystery, superstitious and faithfulness.
I don't have a book that is in this setting and time that compares.
No, there is a few places when gramp is crowing and it is a bit unusual, but, the dialect is hard Scottish-like and the characters are quite diverse so i feel jennifer did just fine with it.
This is a book one can read to kids. It is clean and it has a great standard of right from wrong. I don't have to say this is a great book but be careful for all the &$@!?! Words!
I thought this was a cute, original, thoughtful story. I love historic fiction. Great for teens.
"I really enjoyed this book"
This book was fascinating as much for the glimpse of the daily life of a healer in that time period, as it was for the mystery. It's not as epic in scope but I would compare it favorably with "Pillars of the Earth". If you liked that book, you should enjoy this one.
"Rhiannon - not for me"
I listened to about 9 chapters of this book and it never really went anywhere. Around Chapter 7 or 8 something finally happened - then it just went flat again.
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