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KLIATTMcNaughton has a Ph.D. in folklore and her attention to detail in this historical fiction is careful and impressive. The story is set in Scotland in 1162, and the focus is on two sisters of a Norman nobleman—Isabel and Jenny. As the story begins, Isabel is disgraced—we must wait to discover why. She has sanctuary in her father's home, but lives in a state of shame. Jenny, therefore, as the second daughter, is expected to make an advantageous marriage for the family honor. It seems the best will happen to them: Jenny will be engaged to marry Earl William, heir to the King of Scotland. Tension mounts as it becomes clear that Earl William is violent, selfish, and domineering. What will Jenny do, especially now that she discovers she is pregnant with her true love's child? McNaughton has based this story on two traditional Scottish ballads: "Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight" and "Tam Lin"—so the man Jenny falls in love with is known as Tam Lin, believed to have been taken over by faeries, living alone in the forest, away from other humans. Jenny rides her horse into the forest to meet Tam Lin. He listens to her and respects her, unlike Earl William, her fiancé. They fall in love and she becomes pregnant with his child—disgraced, as Isabel had been disgraced. The greater danger, however, is rescuing him from the power of the faery world. Adolescents who enjoy historical fiction, the medieval world, adventurous heroines, and a touch of the supernatural will certainly want to read this intelligent, well-written story. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004 (orig. 2003), HarperCollins, 261p., Ages 12 to 18.