Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Retro read: 'Singer' by Jean Thesman

Singer by Jean Thesman
Gwenore’s mother is a witch – the evil and powerful Rhiamon. Her whole life has been lived in fear of her mother’s power. Until now, when she must escape. Aided by friends – and fairy folk – Gwenore is hidden in an abbey, until her health recovers, then to a community of women. Gwenore is renamed Mary, then Singer. In the community, Gwenore learns new skills – that of healing and of song. But, still she must run. This time to Ireland. However, fate – or greater powers – intervene and she is landed at Lir. There she befriends the Children of Lir – children of the king. However her mother’s evil reaches even this hidden land. Gwenore must decide which path to take. Can she save the Children of Lir? Based on a traditional tale, which is similar to Grimm's Six swans. A similar read can be found in The swan kingdom by Zoe Marriott. 4 stars from me.
- Annie, library staff



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