“The Perilous Gard” by Elizabeth Marie Pope

“The Perilous Gard” by Elizabeth Marie PopeThe Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
Published: 1993 by Scholastic
Genres: Horror/Gothic, Young Adult
Pages: 280
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For any parents out there who are having a difficult time finding acceptable YA lit for your teenagers, here’s a really neat book that you might be okay with, and would probably enjoy as well.

The story is set in the 1500s during the time of Elizabeth I.  The protagonist, Kate Sutton, and her sister are ladies in waiting.  Kate ends up being blamed when her sister manages to royally piss off the queen, and so she is exiled to a manor in the country.  While there, she discovers a plot that protects the faerie folk, England’s remaining pagans who are living underground (quite literally).  When she learns too much, she’s given to the faerie folk as a mortal slave.  Of course everything works out in the end, and she ends up learning a lot from the faeries.

This novel is loosely based on the ballad  “Tam Lin”, which I described in an earlier post.  There’s no real objectionable content, but the story is fantastic, to the point that I re-read this book every time I visit home.  I like the way that the faerie are portrayed as not so much magical as simply knowledgeable and of a different culture.

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