In the aftermath of the murderous savagery between two rival Scottish lairds, Bruce MacLennan commands the building of a castle with a dungeon below. During its construction, he travels to the faraway and then almost unknown land of China, where he joins a troop of mercenary soldiers -- all to distract him from his memories.
In a poor teahouse, he encounters the child Peony, and, on impulse, buys her to be his attendant. Despite his harshness toward her, she serves him faithfully. After many adventures, they return to Scotland, where MacLennan's castle -- and his planned revenge -- await him.
Within these dark walls, Peony finds a new life and unexpected happiness. For MacLennan the time has come to fill the dungeon with its destined prisoner. But he does not dream of the terrible twist of fate -- one that will not lock away his old enemy -- but the most precious person in his life.
Celebrated author Lynne Reid Banks takes us back to the fourteenth century in this compelling epic of one lord's bitter struggle, his quest for vengeance, and the tragic awakening of his frozen heart.
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Lynne Reid Banks was born in London. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she acted and wrote for the repertory stage. Later, she turned to journalism, becoming one of Britain's first female television news reporters. In 1962 she emigrated to Israel, where she married a sculptor, had three sons and taught for eight years in a kibbutz. She now lives with her husband in England. She writes, travels, and visits schools, at home and abroad, full-time. Among Lynne Reid Banks's popular novels for young readers are Angela and Diabola; Harry the Poisonous Centipede; The Fairy Rebel; The Farthest-Away Mountain; The Adventures of King Midas; The Magic Hare; Maura's Angel; and the award-winning Indian in the Cupboard books.From Publishers Weekly:
Tinged with Buddhist notions of karma and reincarnation, Banks's (The Indian in the Cupboard) riveting tale of reprisal and redemption centers on a Chinese slave girl and her fierce, embittered master, the Scottish laird Bruce MacLennan. After a feud with a neighboring warlord results in the bloody deaths of his cherished wife and children, MacLennan sets in motion his plans for a huge fortress, complete with dungeon, and then decamps to the fabled land of China in search of adventure. Working as a hired fighter, MacLennan encounters young Mudan (Peony) and, on impulse, buys her as his tea slave. The child's presence begins to reawaken feelings of tenderness in MacLennan, which he does his best to squelch. In another, more conventional novel, this softening might be the start of the warrior's re-entry into the world of the loving; here, it is simply the beginning of a heart-wrenching struggle between compassion and vengeance. For her part, Peony takes scraps of happiness where she can, gleaning wisdom and courage from the teachings of the Buddhist soldier with whom MacLennan travels; some years later, when she accompanies MacLennan back to Scotland, she finds something like familial love in her friendship with a kind stable boy. As the novel moves toward its conclusion, it conveys a powerful message about the terrible price of unswerving revenge. A poignant epilogue offers a spark of hope, especially welcome after all the sorrow that precedes it. Ages 12-up.
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Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U. S. A., 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Ages 12 and up. Written by the author of The Indian in the Cupboard, this story takes place in China and Scotland from 1067-1603. Bruce MacLennan commands the building of a castle with a dungeon below; during construction he travels to China where he joins a troop of mercenary soldiers. In a poor teahouse he encounters a child named Peony and, on impulse, buys her to be his attendant. After many adventures they return to Scotland where MacLennan's castle-and his planned revenge on a rival Scotsman-await him. Within the dark walls Peony finds a new life and unexpected happiness. For MacLennan the time has come to fill his dungeon with its destined prisoner. He does not dream of the terrible twist of fate-one that will not lock away his enemy-but the most precious person in his life. 12mo - over 6Â¾" - 7Â¾" tall. ; 279 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 003021
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0066237823
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