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Author: Barnhouse, Rebecca
Hild hates the fighting between men of her kingdom and others, but when she is sent to marry a neighboring king to ensure peace, she must tap into her own abilities with the sword.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.90
Points: 12.0 Quiz: 150733
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 5.50
Points: 18.0 Quiz: 58046
Common Core Standards
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Range of Reading & LEvel of Text Complexity
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/12)
School Library Journal (05/01/12)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/01/2012 Barnhouse’s latest historical fantasy is a stand-alone companion to her Beowulf-inspired tale, The Coming of the Dragon (2010). When Hild, the niece of the Shylfings king, has a vision of the crown prince’s assassination, she impulsively murders the visiting lord she knows will be responsible. Unwilling to believe in her far-minded visions, the king claims she has been possessed, and after a frightening imprisonment, she is sent as a peace offering to marry the new king of the Geats. Hild’s scorn for the seemingly barbarian Geats changes during their long, dangerous journey, and she has a difficult decision to make when she learns that her uncle has no intention of honoring the treaty, instead using her journey to plan an invasion. This vigorous Norse saga is rich in details of medieval Scandinavian life, and Hild grows convincingly from a naive, judgmental girl into an honorable, capable warrior-queen as her prowess is tested against both monstrous creatures and all-too-human traitors. Give this to readers of epic fantasy, historical fiction, and Viking mythology. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2012 Gr 5–8—At the end of The Coming of the Dragon (Random, 2010), young Rune is crowned the successor of King Beowulf. As a token of peace from a neighboring kingdom, Hild, the king's niece, is offered to him in marriage. Rather than picking up where the last book left off, this companion volume begins with Hild living in her own kingdom without knowledge of Rune or the marriage proposal. She is a spirited girl who has her own ideas about how to improve and strengthen her kingdom. Not only does she have the ability to see people for who they really are, but she also has dreams and visions of what the future holds. These abilities seem like gifts until she impulsively kills one man in defense of another and is forced to leave her home. Under the pretense of weaving peace between warring kingdoms, Hild is sent out with a delegation of men to make the long journey to Rune. Along the way, her quick wit, determination, and visions keep her and her entourage out of danger despite monstrous creatures and a treacherous path. Barnhouse has woven a fantasy that is full of bravery, adventure, and magic. Hild is a real heroine; she is as strong willed and beautiful as she is entitled and selfish. The pacing of the story remains steady throughout with a nice balance of the protagonist's introspective struggles combined with nerve-racking suspense. A thoroughly enjoyable read.—Elizabeth C. Johnson, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, WA - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.