King's Shadow

King's Shadow

by Elizabeth Alder
Publisher: Laurel-Leaf Books
Mass market paperback, 259 pages
List Price: $7.99 Sale Price: $6.79

Historical Setting: England, 11th Century

Evyn, a young Welsh serf, has dreamed all his life of becoming a storyteller. Blessed with a beautiful voice, he loves holding an audience captive with his words, reciting verses that have been passed down from generation to generation.

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. Because he is orphaned and unable to speak, most assume Evyn is destined to a life of slavery. But Evyn is resilient and teaches himself to read and write. Having mastered these skills, he is 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 their exciting journeys, which culminate at the Battle of Hastings, where the future of the country is decided.

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