When I reviewed Rebecca Barnhouse's retelling of the story of Beowulf and the dragon last December here, I tried to make clear just how much I appreciated this well-told historical fantasy full of fascinating characters. One of these characters was introduced right at the end--a girl named Hild, sent to Beowulf's kingdom to marry his heir and become a Peaceweaver between her people and his. It was clear, even though she made only a brief appearance, that there was a lot more to Hild and her story then we were shown here. And so I am as pleased as all get out to have a whole book about Hild to look forward to!
Peaceweaver comes out from Random House, March 27th, 2012 (for ages 10 and up). Here's the Amazon blurb:
"Sixteen-year-old Hild has always been a favorite of her uncle, king of the Shylfings. So when she protects her cousin the crown prince from a murderous traitor, she expects the king to be grateful. Instead, she is unjustly accused of treachery herself.
As punishment, her uncle sends Hild far away to the heir of the enemy king, Beowulf, to try to weave peace between the two kingdoms. She must leave her home and everyone she loves. On the long and perilous journey, Hild soon discovers that fatigue and rough terrain are the least of her worries. Something is following her and her small band of guards—some kind of foul creature that tales say lurks in the fens. Will Hild have to face the monster? Or does it offer her the perfect chance to escape the destiny she never chose?"
I'm hoping that, as well as Hild's own adventures, we get to see how she settles into her new home...I want to see my old friends from Coming of the Dragon again!
Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.