The King's Shadow

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Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 259 pages
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Evyn, a young Welsh serf, has dreamed all his life of becoming a storyteller. But in a cruel twist of fate, Evyn and his father suffer a brutal attack by a group of murderous ruffians. Evyn's tongue is cut off and his father is killed. Orphaned and unable to speak, Evyn assumes he is destined to a life of slavery. But Evyn is resilient and teaches himself to read and write. He is then appointed the personal companion to Earl Harold of Wessex, who later becomes the King of England. The two travel the countryside together, forming a close father-son bond. Evyn chronicles all of their exciting journeys, which culminate at the Battle of Hastings, where the future of the country is decided.

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I am typically a straight A student who reads a lot, but this is the most boring book that i've ever read and dropped my english mark down for sleeping too much while reading it in english class and at home. I was unable to finnish the book due to boredom and created much stress for me afterwards with book reports and tests on this book. Please, if you're an english teacher, take my advice and don't kill your innocent grade 8 students with this horrible book. 

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In my opinion the "The Kings Shadow" was a good book. I thought the ending was very bitter sweet, but I really liked it. I connected with The main character Evyn throughout some of the things he was ... Read full review


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Elizabeth Alder is the author of "The King's Shadow," which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Willoughby, Ohio.

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