Cecily’s father has ruined her life. He’s moving them to occupied Wales, where the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will finally be the lady of the house.
Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl.
While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.
This book. You guys. This book.
It blew me away.
Ok yes, it has that whole medieval thing going for it, which will get me every single time guaranteed, but this book also has the two elements sure to hook any reader: character and voice.
Cecily is a pampered, spoiled, sheltered English girl who’s never experienced a day of hardship in her life. Her naive snobbishness oozes from every page. You will probably spend the first half of this novel hating her (and that’s ok). Gwenhwyfar (or “Gwinny”) watched the English invade her land, kill her father and steal the home that was rightfully hers. She is bitter and angry and spiteful, and you might not like her all that much either at first (and that’s ok too). But watching the lives of these two girls intersect is delicious fun. I didn’t want this book to end, but what an amazing ending it was. I won’t say anything more, obviously, but rarely does a book get my heart pounding that fast, that’s all I’ll say.
I HIGHLY recommend this one.
Have you read THE WICKED AND THE JUST yet? What did you think?