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Penguin Group USA, 2006 - Fiction - 280 pages
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Gwenore's mother is the evil Rhiamon, whose thirst for power transcends any morality. For years, Gwenore has lived in terrified captivity, not understanding why her mother so loathes her. Then she manages to escape, along with her longtime nursemaid and a mysterious enchanter-priest. First Gwenore is hidden at an abbey where she learns to read and make music. Then she is discovered. Her name and appearance changed, she is moved to the women's healing community of Blessingwood, and is taught medicine and herbwork. But then tragedy strikes again, and she must leave. As Mary Singer, she becomes nursemaid to the children of the magical king of Lir-until the king marries Rhiamon. Singer knows that her mother will try to kill the children. What can she do to save their lives-and her own? Based on the classic Irish folk-tale The Children of Lir, this swiftly paced fantasy will keep readers turning the pages.

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Good...until the last chapter or so, when suddenly the author seemed to rush the ending. Gone were some of the nice descriptions and characterization...It was like she'd hit her page limit with story left to tell. Read full review

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Too much plot in too little words. The Children of Lir was not given as much attention and respect as it deserved. It felt like an afterthought. Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Jean Thesman is a highly regarded author of a number of successfuil books on the Avon list, including Cattail Moon and The Ornament Tree. She lives in surburban Seattle, Washington, with her husband Bob and four dogs.

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