The Perilous Gard

The Perilous Gard

by Elizabeth Marie Pope


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In 1558, while exiled by Queen Mary Tudor to a remote castle known as Perilous Gard, young Kate Sutton becomes involved in a series of mysterious events that lead her to an underground world peopled by Fairy Folk—whose customs are even older than the Druids' and include human sacrifice.

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ISBN-13: 9780441659562
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1984
Pages: 240

About the Author

Richard J. Cuffari (1925-1978) was born and raised in Brooklyn. He served in the army during World War II before studying at the Pratt Institute, graduating in 1949. He illustrated more than 200 books for children, including the Newbery-winning Perilous Guard.

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Perilous Gard 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dude this book is like awesome I have had it since I was like 2 and personally I love it! It has a hot dude (Christopher) who is described as young handsome and finely made. Kate is the opposite she's tall and very awkward (not gay awkward). She thinks she's ugly but Christopher does not while she later finds out that she is. But, Heck she saves his life at the end and it all ends happily ever after. *ish*
nessreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young adult version of Tam Lin done as a novel set in tudor England. The heroine, snappish but intelligent, is sent into exile from court because of her (simpering idiot) sister's error. Alone in a strange castle, she seems to have stepped into a gothic novel with ruffs - a handsome man who is blamed for a child's death, a staff who are shifty, a lord of the manor who hates his home, and haughty gypsies.. who turn out to be remnant pagans. There is a very low magic count in this fantasy, and a lot of the mystery is open to a scientific explanation if you squint, but it's a deeply satisfying story - the explanation in this of who the sidhe were was original and functional, both, and the irritable courtship of the romantic leads rereads well. The current paperback cover is hideous.
ncgraham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Young Adult novel, which was a Newberry Honor book but should have one the medal, is a tour de force that defies description. Is it a historical mystery with traces of the occult (practiced only by the "baddies," of course) or a mythic fantasy set in Elizabethan England? I do not know, but I love it either way. The characters are excellent, Kate in particular, and the ballad of Tam Lin is interwoven very effectively.The protagonist's imprisonment under the Hill reminded me a little of Kezi's term in the underworld from Gail Carson Levine's novel Ever, except that in this case there is more of a point to her suffering. The Fairy Folk themselves were handled in a very interesting manner, and I was never certain whether they were another race of creatures, or druid-like humans who had been in Britain for centuries. And they were interesting well-rounded characters too, not stock villains: though Kate returns to her own people's ways in the end, she tells the Lady that there were certain things she preferred about their world. That whole last chapter was excellent, but my favorite scene by far was the one in which she discusses the teind with the Fairy Queen, urging her that it need not be paid any more, on account of the Great King who paid it once and for all in a land far away. Somehow it didn't come off as preachy, and was fully in keeping with the way in which the character would have been brought up. Even if Elizabeth Marie Pope isn't a Christian¿and I find that difficult to believe¿she has a knack for explaining the Gospel.Make sure you get a copy with the original illustrations by Richard Cuffari. They're lovely and really add to the atmosphere of the story.
Silvernfire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This holds up well: I think I read it maybe 30 years ago, and rereading it now, I like it even more. Kate may have more modern sensibilities than a real teenage girl of 1558, but it's a tiny quibble, and anyway, the story might not have been as fun to read if she were more authentic. And I enjoyed the illustrations as well. This is one of those YA novels that many adults will enjoy as well (well, adults who like fantasy anyway).
auntieknickers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember this as excellent and I will probably reread it some time.
luxlunae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I still reread this book about once a year or so, and I'm 25 now!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The year is 1558, and the queen of England is still Mary. Alicia and Kate Sutton are both ladies-in-waiting to Princess Elizabeth. Alicia sends an impertinent letter to Queen Mary, and as a result Mary exiles Kate to a castle (gard) in northern England. It is there that she first comes in contact with Christopher Heron, Master John, and the people of the hill. This is an incredible story. Kate is a womderful heroine, and very human; she makes mistakes, is clumsy, meddles, and cares about others, so you can relate to her. I would honestly give this book more stars, if you could. This is absolutely one of my favorite books of all time. I first read it 3 years ago, and I am continually rereading it. I love all the characters, especially Kate and Christopher. If you have not yet read this book, you must read it now. I am only sorry that there is not a sequel. I could read a million sequels to this book, if only there were any.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favourite books. The story of Kate, lady-in-waiting to Princess Elizabeth, and how she meets her destiny after she is dismissed from Elizabeth's service, is believable and delightful. This book shares many aspects with Diana Wynne Jones' 'Fire and Hemlock' and with Sally Odgers 'Translations in Celadon'. If you enjoyed either of these books, read this one. You won't be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is my favorite in the world. I reread it all the time. I really enjoy the 'believable' magic.