by Sandy Kirby Quandt
The Mad Wolf’s Daughter, Diane Magras’ middle grade Scottish medieval adventure for 9-12 year olds, is not the typical book you’ve seen reviewed on this blog. So, as Monty Python would say … Now for something completely different …
I truly loved this book. It’s a fun read with wonderful, well-rounded characters and witty dialog set in Scotland during the days of knights, quests, castles, treachery, rescue, war-bands, and witches. The witches are actually healers until something goes wrong.
After her father and brothers are captured by the lord’s knights, pre-teen Drest is left all alone. Alone, except for the knight, Emerick, someone from his group from the castle tossed over a cliff and into the ravine.
The youngest of her family, Drest has never fought in battle before. She’s only heard the tales her brothers told. But now she must use every bit of skill to rescue her family. Taking the wounded knight captive as a trade for her da and brothers, if indeed he’ll keep his word about the trade, seems the best way to rescue her loved ones.
The Mad Wolf’s daughter must reach the castle before her family hangs in four days. Of course, the way is filled with peril, and villagers tell Drest things which cause her to question some of the Mad Wolf’s war-band’s tactics.
Perhaps this is not a book for you, but it just might be the book for someone you know who is between the ages of 9 and 12, or someone who enjoys fun adventurous reads with witty dialog and likeable characters.
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