Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Wicked and the Just by J Anderson Coats

Librarian M has notoriously good taste when it comes to books, that's why she's our collections librarian, here's her latest:

The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats

Cecily is hoping to return to Edgeley Hall, her family’s home, but for now her uncle has possession and her father has decided to move to Wales where he can easily become a burgess and get cheap land from the English government. The Welsh have only recently been conquered and subdued by the English and most of the Welsh are not very happy with the current situation.

Gwenhwyfar is one of these unhappy Welsh. She works as a servant in Cecily’s father’s house and is very angry about the injustices that have been, and continue to be, visited upon her people. She thinks Cecily is a spoiled brat and hates her along with the rest of the English.

The Wicked and the Just explores Cecily’s feelings about being relocated to a new environment where she doesn’t fit in with the more established families. She arrives haughty and certain of her superiority over the Welsh, but over the course of the book her opinions are gradually shaped by the events that occur and the people she meets in her new home.

Bonus: You get to read YA historical fiction set in Wales during the Middle Ages. How often do you get the chance to do that?

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