In 16th century Scandinavia, superstition rules, and a mysterious illness plagues the royal children, killing them off one by one. In a land where every misfortune is viewed as a sign from God, accusation and suspicions fly surrounding the fate of the young heirs. Told using varying perspectives – including mute servant, Midi Sorte, seamstress, Ava Bingen, and the presumed mad queen, Isabel – Cokal weaves an interesting epic account of intrigue, murder, and deception in the royal court.
I really wasn’t sure what to think about this one at first. There are a ton of really gross parts (violence, descriptions of disease, sexual content) which almost made me want to put it down. But I kept reading, and I’m glad I did. The mystery and intrigue in this book was amazing. I was never sure what was really going to happen, who was telling the truth, or who was going to win in the end. That said, if this book were a movie, it would be rated R. There are a ton of flags and some very adult content, so don’t pick it up if you’re looking for a fairytale. But if it sounds like something you’re interested in, give it a try. I really enjoyed it!
*Printz Honor Book
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