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Rhiannon | [Vicki Grove]

Rhiannon

Fourteen-year-old Rhiannon lives high on the bluff of Clodaghcombe with her healer mom and grandmother. She helps them tend to the sick and wounded from the town below - a town swirling with controversy ever since the arrival of the Norman gentry and the tragic shipwreck that killed the king's only son and heir to the throne.
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Fourteen-year-old Rhiannon lives high on the bluff of Clodaghcombe with her healer mom and grandmother. She helps them tend to the sick and wounded from the town below - a town swirling with controversy ever since the arrival of the Norman gentry and the tragic shipwreck that killed the king's only son and heir to the throne.

Rhiannon finds herself transfixed, imagining the horrid disaster that took so many youths near her own age. Then tragedy strikes closer to home with the discovery of a stranger's body near their bluff and accusations of murder leveled at one of the residents. Rhiannon knows she has to do something even though it means standing up to the aristocracy.

With help from a young monk and a mysterious pirate from France, Rhiannon hatches a dangerous plan to discover the true murderer's identity and sets off on a course that could have stunning consequences - and perhaps even reveal an astounding secret that could change history.

©2007 Vicki Grove; (P)2008 Penguin

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    Alexis United States 06-22-12
    Alexis United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2006

    In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!

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    "Strong medieval setting"

    This book is very atmospheric! Readers get a strong sense of what it was like to live in a medieval European town. The rhythms of Rhianna's everyday life -- her chores and activities, her family, her home on the bluff far above the town -- come through clearly. Even things we know to be true about medieval life but don't think about much are crisply portrayed. You can really feel how far distances can be when traveled by foot, or how long and deep nights can be without electricity.

    The narration is also very well done.

    The plot sounds fantastic in the blurb, but it wasn't presented with enough urgency for me to give it five stars. It's a gentle little story when I was expecting something with a little more punch. The good news is that this will likely keep it from being too scary for its intended audience (I'm guessing 9-12 years?), but I was never riveted to my earphones. I wouldn't listen to this again, and would recommend it to people looking for things in this setting but not if their main interests were mysteries or fast-moving storylines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clarissa Blytheville, AR, USA 05-07-09
    Clarissa Blytheville, AR, USA 05-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Pretty Good!"

    I thought this was a cute, original, thoughtful story. I love historic fiction. Great for teens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Alberta, AB, Canada 03-14-09
    Tracy Alberta, AB, Canada 03-14-09 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "A Simple, Pleasing Listen"

    Enjoyed this book. Was interesting, a simple listen, it was what I expected. What I did not expect, was the entertainment. This is not a simple little plot, there is more here than meets the eye. Somewhat predictable, but a good listen.

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    "Another great story!"
    If you could sum up Rhiannon in three words, what would they be?

    Mystery, superstitious and faithfulness.


    What other book might you compare Rhiannon to and why?

    I don't have a book that is in this setting and time that compares.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Van Dyck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, there is a few places when gramp is crowing and it is a bit unusual, but, the dialect is hard Scottish-like and the characters are quite diverse so i feel jennifer did just fine with it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book one can read to kids. It is clean and it has a great standard of right from wrong. I don't have to say this is a great book but be careful for all the &$@!?! Words!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09
    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09 Member Since 2004
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    "I really enjoyed this book"

    This book was fascinating as much for the glimpse of the daily life of a healer in that time period, as it was for the mystery. It's not as epic in scope but I would compare it favorably with "Pillars of the Earth". If you liked that book, you should enjoy this one.

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    Cynthia Las Vegas, NV, USA 08-14-09
    Cynthia Las Vegas, NV, USA 08-14-09
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    "Rhiannon - not for me"

    I listened to about 9 chapters of this book and it never really went anywhere. Around Chapter 7 or 8 something finally happened - then it just went flat again.

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