The Kingdom of Little Wounds

The Kingdom of Little Wounds

by Susann Cokal

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A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

A young seamstress and a royal nursemaid find themselves at the center of an epic power struggle in this stunning young-adult debut.

On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches: brocade and satin and jewels, feasts of sugar fruit and sweet spiced wine. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne’s heirs, and a courtier’s wolfish hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion. Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem — and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763669072
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 265,351
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Susann Cokal is the author of two adult novels, Mirabilis and Breath and Bones, and her short stories and literary criticisms have been widely published in literary journals and The New York Times Book Review. This is her first novel for young adults. Currently an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, she lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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The Kingdom of Little Wounds 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing plot twist has everyone hooked
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The prose in this book is just awful. The plot is awful. I skipped to the end of the book and found it to be even worse. *Spoiler* If you have to end your book with two maids finding jewels within a servered manhood, you are a terrible author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok it my nit be teen appropriate but it is a great read based on historical truths that are birthed through realistic characters and beautiful writing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No. definately No ! Not a YA book. If a young adult wished to read about the dark side of society, I recommend any of Anne Perry's novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is in no way suitable for anyone under the age of 17. I almost couldn't read some parts. Both Barnes and Noble and my public library put this in the Young Adult section, but you shouldnt't be fooled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by no means a book for younger readers. The politics and power struggles and sex/rape that entails with them are not glossed over. I don't know why the author chose a young adult audience, this book could have been easily and successfully marketed to adults, but I would never recommend it to anyone under 17.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book thinking I would pass it on to my daughter. When I realized the underlying theme was about syphillis as welll as a descriptive rape and a very bloody miscarriage I quickly returned the book. I tried to mention the "YA" category was misleading but was told that's just the way it is. If you're trying to raise your kids with positive Christian influences this book wouldn't help. I know kids are exposed to all manner of things these days but I wouldn't deliberately support exposing a young teen to this.