Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Perilous Gard

The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope, 1984

Entling no. 2 kept me entertained in the car this summer with Loreena McKennitt music on her Mp3 player. While I was reading The Perilous Gard I kept hearing that music in my head.

Kate Sutton, a lady in waiting to Princess Elizabeth, is exiled to Elwenwood Hall when her pea-brained sister gets her in trouble with Queen Mary (Tudor.)

On the journey there she sees a mysterious lady in a green cloak and is soon embroiled in the secrets and terrible history of the castle also known as Perilous Gard. Her new guardian, Sir Geoffrey, cannot wait to get away from the place. His brother, Christopher, is filled with guilt over the disappearance of Sir Geoffrey's young daughter years earlier.

The local villagers fear the fairy folk who live under the hill and supposedly kidnap children. The inhabitants of the castle are rumored to be in league with them.

When Kate stumbles into the underground realm of the Lady In Green she must work to keep a hold on reality while looking for a way to escape.

I enjoyed this read a great deal.

Another favorite Elizabethan era story is A Murder for Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner. One day I will visit York Cathedral.


Mental multivitamin said...

I purchased The Perilous Gard on your recommendation this afternoon. Also, the graphic novels I ended up reading were Persepolis I and II by Marjane Satrapi. They were so different from my usual fare... and quite wonderful. I don't know if I'll remember which title first caught my eye in the graphic novel genre, but I credit you and Girl Detective with educating me about its merits.

Best regards.


Camille said...

The Perilous Gard is very different and not at all what I was expecting. I want to read her other book now. I want to read more "Tam Lin" books now. ChildLit has been discussing one, Fire & Hemlock.