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Roddy’s dirt poor. He has no family to speak of and has been sold off like a slave to labor endlessly at making rope in cruel Mr. Queed’s factory. Thea’s father is of royal blood, though his tiny kingdom has been taken away from him. Exiled from their homeland, Thea and her sisters have come all the way from Germany to the frontier of America, where wild beasts still roam, and much stranger creatures too.
Enter Scalander, who commands the crows and evil spirits, and skulks in primeval forests. He sees Thea and plots to make her his bride. Roddy joins forces with the king and his daughters, fighting back to free themselves from Scalander’s plans of blackmail and murder.
This dark and mystical third novel by Leander Watts continues the gothic tradition of Stonecutter and Wild Ride to Heaven. Like the ropes Roddy labors to make, this story is woven together from a number of twisted strands. Fear, loyalty, suspicion, and love all combine to make a fantastic and original tale.
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Leander Watts is an author of adult nonfiction and a college English professor. His historical novels provide a welcome antidote to contemporary young adult fiction. He lives in the Genesee Valley in western New York, where he writes and teaches English literature.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6 Up–This story hovers somewhere between the boundaries of fairy tale and historical fiction. Deposed King Ivars of Schatzburg leaves his homeland for the New World with his three daughters to start a new life in York State. Their lives intersect with a boy named Roddy, who was sold by his parents as an apprentice at a rope works. When a strange and wicked entity named Scalander wants Princess Thea for his bride and queen, it is up to Roddy and King Ivars to rescue her from the villain's evil grip. The story starts with much promise, but fails to deliver a strong plot and may leave kids scratching their heads at the end over what exactly happened. Scalander, though described in beautiful and terrible detail, is never clearly defined as a being. Readers don't know what he is or where he reigned. And though the other characters are interesting, there are too many of them packed into this slim book to work successfully. Still, fans of fairy-tale novels may find the eccentric characters sweet and charming, if a bit confusing.–Anna M. Nelson, Collier County Public Library, Naples, FL
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