By Clare B. Dunkle. New York: Henry
Holt, 2005. Edited by
Reka Simonsen. A folklore-based
fantasy/horror novel for young adult readers.
places all over this land—old, old places. Places with a chain to
them for to chain up the wolf when it's time."
"Your shadow," Maddie stammered, pointing to the
ground behind him. "It moved. Moved by itself. I saw it."
The carver turned to look, and she looked, too. His shadow was exactly
like hers, thin and gray in the overcast evening. Maddie blushed hotly,
waiting for him to laugh at her.
But the young man didn't laugh. He just watched his shadow for a
minute. When he straightened up and faced her again, his green eyes were
"Are you going to tell the others?" he wanted to know.
A mysterious young man has come to a small Highland town. His
talent for wood carving soon wins him work at the castle and the admiration
of the weaver's daughter Maddie. Fascinated by the silent carver,
she sets out to gain his trust, only to find herself drawn into a terrifying
secret that threatens everything she loves.
There is an evil presence in the woodcarver's
life that cannot be controlled, and Maddie watches her town fall under
a shadow. One by one, people begin to die. Caught in the middle, Maddie
must decide what matters most to her—and what price she is willing
to pay to keep it.
"In this strong-boned fantasy, the Scotland of the
Middle Ages comes to full and vibrant new life around Maddie,
who lives wholeheartedly within the limited compass afforded
her. ... Dunkle's superb treatment of such a violent,
desperate character and the straightforward young woman who
loves him is what makes this novel the success it is." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's
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jackets. Excerpt copyright 2005 by Clare B. Dunkle. Text and image
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