The Coven's Daughterby Lucy Jago
On her thirteenth birthday, Cess finds a precious locket in one of her chicken coops, a strange discovery that's quickly overshadowed by her best/i>
Cecily may have occasional visions, but that doesnt' make her a witch! Fatherless and without friends, Cess knows she's lucky to be employed by a grand estate like Montacute House, even if it is as a poultry girl.
On her thirteenth birthday, Cess finds a precious locket in one of her chicken coops, a strange discovery that's quickly overshadowed by her best friend William's disappearance two days later. The parson has already started planting rumors that the missing boys were bewitched, and the villagers think Cecily may be the culprit.
The only way Cess can prove her innocence is by finding William, but she's soon embroiled in a plot that threatens her world and forces her to draw upon powers she never knew she possessed.
Witchcraft, politics and intrigue combine in this gripping and wonderfully realized novel set in the Somerset of the 1500s.
Cecily Perryn, 13, a lowly poultry girl in 1596 England, discovers a jeweled pendant enclosing a woman's portrait in the Earl of Montacute's hencoops. Her strange find is quickly eclipsed by other matters: Young boys, including her friend William, have been disappearing. Seeking William, Cess makes her way to the town of Yeovil, where Jasper, the innkeeper's son, becomes her reluctant helper. Their search uncovers a plot against Queen Elizabeth I, soon to visit Montacute House. Meanwhile, Cess attracts unwanted attention from the Earl's sinister son after her cousin fabricates a story that Cess practices witchcraft—truer than she knows. Cess' friend, the healer Edith Mildmay, falsely accused of bringing plague and exiled, is a witch, though of a benign Druid-esque variety, and initiates Cess into their practices. A rich portrait of rural life in Elizabethan times emerges—convincingly detailed and seamlessly woven into the narrative fabric—as readers uncover the intertwined secrets of pendant, plot and plague. While Cess' mundane world is entirely believable and always interesting, the witchcraft, with its generically contemporary, New Age feel, is less persuasive. It's only when we lose the witches that the story comes to life. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)
Meet the Author
Lucy Jago lives in London with her family. This is her first book for young readers. She has previously published two non-fiction titles for adults.
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