The Water Devil (Margaret of Ashbury Trilogy Series #3)

The Water Devil (Margaret of Ashbury Trilogy Series #3)

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by Judith Merkle Riley
     
 

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The final adventure in the beloved and bestselling Margaret of Ashbury trilogy, which began with A Vision of Light and In Pursuit of the Green Lion.

Margaret of Ashbury is ready to settle down; the medieval healer is looking forward to an uneventful life in the country. And, indeed, life with her true love and a brood of rambunctious children isSee more details below

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The final adventure in the beloved and bestselling Margaret of Ashbury trilogy, which began with A Vision of Light and In Pursuit of the Green Lion.

Margaret of Ashbury is ready to settle down; the medieval healer is looking forward to an uneventful life in the country. And, indeed, life with her true love and a brood of rambunctious children is nearly perfect—except for her husband Gregory’s ever-meddling family. Finding himself deep in debt once again, Gregory’s father has plotted to sell Margaret’s daughter off in marriage to save his woodlands from a greedy abbot. In a panic, Margaret turns to her old friend Brother Malachi to help save her daughter by whatever means necessary. The tension within the feuding family rouses an ancient being that dwells in a spring at the center of the disputed woodland. The watery creature has its own plans, and its eye is on Margaret’s infant son.

Favorite characters return, the stakes are high, and the air is thick with intrigue and danger. Written with the historical accuracy, supernatural plot twists, and humor that Riley’s readers have grown to love, The Water Devil is a high-spirited adventure that brings Margaret’s odyssey to a satisfying conclusion.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Set in England in 1362, Riley's charming conclusion to her trilogy that began with A Vision of Lightfinds Margaret of Ashbury still having amusing conversations with God ("As Supreme Judge of All Things, I assure you that you are one of the half-dozen most talkative of My creations"). Margaret's scrofulous and quarrelsome father-in-law plans to use her marriageable and well-dowered daughter, Cecily, as a bargaining chip in a squabble about riparian rights and borders. But the creature who dwells in the spring in question, the eponymous Water Devil, has other plans. Fortunately, Margaret has a lovely collection of con artists and mountebanks to help her save the incorrigible Cecily from being wed to an aged lecher. But who will save her son from the Water Devil? This is a sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, but always compassionate love story with a perfect ending. (Feb.)

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Library Journal
Gifted healer Margaret of Ashbury, now Lady Margaret de Vilers, returns to readers after too long a hiatus (see In Pursuit of the Green Lion, 1990) as mother of a rambunctious brood and wife to Sir Gilbert de Vilers (a.k.a. Brother Gregory), the Duke of Lancaster's official chronicler. Life would appear to be looking up for this former village girl; however, a legal dispute over Gilbert's father's prized oak grove and the mysterious pool within it embroils her in village affairs, nearly costing her her life and threatening her children despite her special powers. This work is a riotous Chaucerian mixture of the sacred and the pagan, the lordly and the lowly, the human and the heroic, delivered with a humorous twist sure to delight everyone. Hopefully, this colorful and enthralling picture of 14th-century England, painted by an author with a wonderfully unique voice, will bring Riley the widespread recognition she deserves. Highly recommended. [Originally published in Germany and now available for the first time in English, this is the final book in the "Margaret of Ashbury" trilogy; reading group guide included.-Ed.]-Cynthia Johnson, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Matronly mystic Margaret of Ashbury finally tames her formidable father-in-law in the final installment of Riley's 14th-century trilogy. Last time out (In Pursuit of the Green Lion, not reviewed), wealthy Margaret ransomed third husband Gilbert de Vilers from the French. Now that they've given Margaret's feisty daughters a stepbrother (toddler Peregrine), Gilbert's status with his neglectful father, Hubert de Vilers, has improved. This infuriates Petronilla, childless wife of dandified philanderer Hugo, Sir Hubert's heir apparent. (Somewhat to the novel's detriment, however, Petronilla proves a cartoonish villain posing no real threat whose punishment readers may find excessive.) After returning from Edward III's latest failed campaign to reclaim the French throne, Gilbert is enjoying the bustling domesticity of Margaret's London manor when his Pater barges in, angling to mortgage Margaret's holdings for legal fees. An oak grove bordering Brokesford, the de Vilers estate, is the subject of a boundary dispute between Sir Hubert and a neighboring monastery. The grove houses a pond inhabited, it is said, by an ancient pagan sprite to whom the villagers sacrifice small tokens for good luck. Margaret won't encumber her property and jeopardize her daughters' dowries, but she's willing to procure fake documents backing up Sir Hubert's claims. Obliged to live at Brokesford until the lawsuit is settled, our resourceful heroine quickly becomes embroiled in local scandals. A priest has been swallowed by the whirlpool at the pond's center, and a "succubus" lurks nearby to ensnare unwary men. When Margaret grapples with the water sprite to save her son, and Sir Hubert's chivalrous instincts arereawakened by her daughters' stately governess, can a happy ending be far behind?The author's wit and irreverent take on the period keeps sentimentality from swamping her tale. Agent: Jean Naggar/Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307498618
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
01/21/2009
Series:
Margaret of Ashbury Trilogy Series , #3
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
135,298
File size:
2 MB

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