Season of Sacrifice [NOOK Book]

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From the author of the acclaimed Glasswright’s series comes this chilling tale. Alana Woodsinger was not ready to accept the lifelong responsibility of being the singer, but the Great Tree chose her. In the seaside village of the Headland of Slaughter, the Tree is the keeper of the past and the guardian of the people. Now she must sing the day’s events and return from the Tree with its wisdom. Her people count on her to give them hope for the future. During the spring celebration, two of the village children are...

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Overview


From the author of the acclaimed Glasswright’s series comes this chilling tale. Alana Woodsinger was not ready to accept the lifelong responsibility of being the singer, but the Great Tree chose her. In the seaside village of the Headland of Slaughter, the Tree is the keeper of the past and the guardian of the people. Now she must sing the day’s events and return from the Tree with its wisdom. Her people count on her to give them hope for the future. During the spring celebration, two of the village children are kidnapped and Alana must find a way to use her unwished-for power to guide a trio of villagers in rescuing the children. But darker forces are at work, great sacrifices must be made, and things get worse when the children turn out not to wish to be saved . . .


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Mindy L. Klasky, winner of Exploration's Maiden Voyage Award for Best Debut Science Fiction/Fantasy Author in 2000 for The Glasswrights' Apprentice, here delves into a completely different realm from her Glasswright universe. Season of Sacrifice takes place in a setting similar to Cornwall, England, during the early Middle Ages. The people of the seaside village of the Headland of the Slaughter have lived in peace for ages -- until an evil duke from the inland kidnaps two five-year-old twins to fulfill an ancient religious prophecy. In order to rescue the children, young Alana Woodsinger -- the village's historian and mystical leader -- must learn to utilize her untapped magical powers before the children are murdered. But when three members from the village finally find the children, they don't want to be rescued!
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The Headland is a region of seafarers, outlanders in a politically torn kingdom presently without a ruler. One nobleman vying for the empty throne is dashing Duke Coren, who visits the Headland during festival time. Alana is their newly appointed woodsinger and reluctant caretaker of The Tree, an ancient guardian of their clan's wisdom. She had to give up any chance of raising a family of her own when she dedicated her life to communicating with the tree, singing new stories to it and seeking its advice from past lore. Coren abruptly steals twins, rare and possibly sacred, from the midst, and a trio of villagers is chosen to pursue them. Alana learns to harness The Tree's awesome powers, which allow her to see what is happening to the children and to the rescuers. She soon travels to the foreboding capital city of Smithcourt to save them all and reawakens her emotions in the process. Her courage and strength grow as she reaches out to the long succession of previous woodsingers at the core of The Tree. The adventure culminates with a daring escape that requires the cunning of all the rescuers and convincing the twins that the pending ceremony in their honor is a deception. The author's ongoing Glasswright series has proved popular with teen fantasy enthusiasts. Here Klasky summons a medieval flavor for her descriptions of the kingdom, and she allows her well-rounded characters to display both frailties and courage. A few loose ends suggest a sequel with exciting possibilities. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2002,Roc, 344p,
— Kevin Beach
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497630963
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 866,179
  • File size: 488 KB

Meet the Author


Mindy L. Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her that she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice.


Klasky’s travels took her through multiple careers. After graduating from Princeton University, Klasky considered becoming a professional stage manager or a rabbi. Ultimately, though, she settled on being a lawyer, working as a litigator at a large Washington firm. When she realized that lawyering kept her from writing (and dating and sleeping and otherwise living a normal life), Klasky became a librarian, managing large law firm libraries. She now writes full time.
 
For years, Klasky’s dating life was a travel extravaganza as well. She balanced twenty-eight first dates in one year, selecting eligible gentlemen from sources as varied as Washingtonian Magazine ads, Single Volunteers of D.C., and supposedly certain recommendations from best friends. Ultimately, she swore off the dating scene entirely. After two years of carefully enforced datelessness, she made one last foray onto Match.com, where she met her husband—on her first match.
 
Klasky’s travels have taken her through various literary genres. In addition to her Red Dress Ink books, Klasky has written numerous short stories and six fantasy novels, including the award-winning, bestselling The Glasswrights' Apprentice. In her spare time, Klasky quilts, cooks, and tries to tame the endless to-be-read shelf in her home library. Her husband and cats do their best to fill the leftover minutes.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    very creative and colorful high fantasy novel

    To the people of the Headland of Slaughter, there is nothing more important than The Tree. The villagers of this small-secluded hamlet make their living through the bounty of the sea and are dependent upon the Tree to keep the fisherfolk safe. The Woodsinger is the villager who communicates with the tree through the bavins it grows enabling her to guide the fisherfolk on the water. <p>The nominal sovereign of the village is the king who lives in Smithcourt, but the townsfolk are so isolated from the mainstream of society, they barely know the king is dead and the throne vacant. Duke Coren and his men come to the village, ostensibly to trade goods, but in reality to kidnap a set of twins from the village and take them to Smithcourt where they are to play a key role in the Duke¿s plan to become the monarch. Alana Woodsinger and others from the village are determined to get the children back no matter what price they have to pay. <P>SEASON OF SACRIFICE is a very creative and colorful high fantasy novel that has enough action and drama it to keep readers from ever getting bored. The characters, especially the kidnapped children, are so endearing that they make a place for themselves in the reader¿s heart. Mindy L. Klasky proves she is a super-talented author. <P>Harriet Klausner

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