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Fourteen-year-old Rhiannon lives high on the bluff of Clodaghcombe with her healer mom and grandmother. She helps them tend to the sick and wounded from the town below - a town swirling with controversy ever since the arrival of the Norman gentry and the tragic shipwreck that killed the king's only son and heir to the throne. 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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By Tracy on 03-14-09

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.

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By Alexis on 06-22-12

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.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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