Definition: any tower situated over a gate or bridge which was used to defend against attack
Word: Barber Surgeon
Definition: The monk who shaves faces and heads and performs light surgery.
Definition: The highest title attainable by an English nobleman who is not of royal blood.
Word: Horse Bread
Definition: Bread made from beans (not wheat)
My friend Gabrielle shared some her photos of her pet rabbits—and some fun facts for this month’s Pet Corner. If you want to see more, you can find her, and her rabbits on instagram at:@only1thistle. The rabbits in the buckets are called Movo (first pink bucket); Koala (blue bucket) and Snickers (in the right pink bucket). Click on the photo to view it in a bigger size.
If you would like your pet featured on the next chapter page, please email me at: “kc at karencossey dot com” and send me a photo and a few details. I’d love to share them with our book club community.
Right from the start when the unlikely heroine, Freya cleverly escapes some village boys intent on tormenting her, you see that she is resourceful and independent. As a baby her face is disfigured in an accident with scalding hot water and she loses sight in one eye. All her childhood she is bullied because of this and so she has learned how to be content in her own company.
The story begins when Freya is nearly fourteen and her family is selected to live in the Golden City – which was “a ticket out of poverty and into a better life’. I liked how the world Freya lived in was presented by the author; I could see it all in my mind and it fitted together well. I was excited for Freya’s family as they left their impoverished life behind and was excited to see the Golden City. Unfortunately Freya never makes it into the Golden City as she is stopped at the Gate and her true past is revealed, and then she is separated from her parents and destined to die, her rescue coming only minutes before she was to be thrown to her death in the pit.
As the story unfolds, Freya’s resilience and determination serve her well. There are clues in an ancient prophecy to be followed and understood, each of them with dangers to overcome, making it an exciting and adventurous story that tweens and young teens will love. I especially appreciated the family aspect to the story, and how Freya’s being torn from her family affected her mother, father and brother. The shift between their story and Freya’s built the tension and made for a page-turner of a book.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting wrapped up in Medar—Freya’s world—it was engrossing. The author has done an excellent job with this, the first book in her series and I’ve already read the second book in the series and found it just as appealing.