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.
""I am gobsmacked by this astonishing story. This is a remarkable achievement, full of truth and compassion.""—Karen Cushman, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Midwife's Apprentice
""Brilliant: a vision of history before the victors wrote it.""--Kirkus, starred review
""[An] unusually honest portrait of the effects of power...[Coats] offers us a potent historical novel.""--Horn Book, starred review
""This debut novel reverberates with detail, drama, and compassion.""--School Library Journal, starred review
""Coats's debut shifts gracefully between the two girls' perspectives, finding empathy for both.""--Publishers Weekly
""A rich historical novel that challenges readers to think about universal ideas, such as true justice.""—VOYA
""[An] intriguing first novel...Coats' considerable research provides details of everyday life that ground this dark and sometimes brutal historical novel.""--Booklist