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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it was a vilant but fun book

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I really wanted to like this. The premise was cool, the first couple of chapters were pretty smashing....and then it was just, dull, dull, dull. I found it hard to make myself keep picking it back up. at last it accidentally went back to the library when I was 40/50% through and I just let it be. 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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