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The Shadow Huntby Katherine Langrish
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Wolf is on the run—from the oppressive monastery where he was raised, from the ghosts and demons that haunt the windswept moors of Devil's Edge, and from the shadows in the landscape that resemble the Devil himself.
When Wolf rescues a strange child on Devil's Edge, he takes her to a grand castle hoping to win the favor of its ruler. There he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a girl named Nest, and he thinks he's finally found a place to call home. Wolf is determined to fit in, but not everything is as it seems at the castle. Dark forces are conspiring against Wolf and Nest, and a sinister enemy is looming closer than they could ever realize.
With lies masquerading as reality, will Wolf and Nest learn who they can trust . . . before it's too late?
Critically acclaimed author Katherine Langrish has created a wonderfully spooky and richly imagined world of ghosts and magical creatures, where good may be evil and light may give way to dark.
"British author Langrish (the Troll trilogy) shifts venue to the British Middle Ages, when Christianity holds sway but Pagan elements also thrive. Wolf, bound to monks at age six, runs away after one beating too many and finds himself on a haunted moor, fleeing wolves, hounds, and men on horseback. In the melee, he catches sight of a strange creature, soon revealed as a naked, terrified girl child, who Wolf is convinced is an elf. The two are taken up by the local lord, Hugo, whose daughter, Nest, sees the elf-child as a last chance to achieve something special before her arranged marriage. Like Nest, Langrish is ambitious: she seeks to create a moment when all beliefs hold a kernel of truth, and supernatural creatures of any origin can overlap. Christian spirituality proffers moments of beauty (on Christmas morning Wolf and Nest witness angels dancing in the sky), while underlying the book's instances of abuse and social oppression. It's a lot of metaphysical freight for one story, but Langrish hasn't lost her touch for vivid action and sympathetic characters. Ages 10 — up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
Katherine Langrish grew up in the Yorkshire Dales, the hill country of northern England, where there are still strong Scandinavian traces (in place names, family names, and even dialect) from the Danes who settled the area a thousand years ago, and where a farming community with an emphasis on neighborly interdependence continues. She graduated with an honors degree in English from the University of London and has been writing stories for most of her life. Living with her husband and two daughters on the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau, thirty miles from Paris, she began storytelling to classes at the International School. Her family later moved to Corning, New York, where she joined Literacy Volunteers of America. She is the author of two previous novels: Troll Fell, a New York Public Library "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing" book, and Troll Mill, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Katherine Langrish currently lives in England.
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