Far Travelerby Rebecca Tingle
240 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Kristi
Good read with some interesting history.
PlotAfter Aelfwyn's mother dies, her uncle King Edward tells her that she must either marry one of his loyal nobles or enter a monastery. Cutting her hair, she takes on the role of a 'scop' - a storyteller - and the new name of Widsith, "Far Traveler".
MoralityWhere kings and crowns are involved, there's plotting going on, and the plots form the crux of Aelfwyn's difficulties. Aelfwyn herself, however, proceeds to make largely moral and/or neutral choices.
Spiritual ContentAelfwyn and most of the other characters are Christians, and her aunt is a kindly abbess. The abbess comments that some of the stories Aelfwyn's mother loved seem to be a little worldy. Toward the end we see her reacting to a difference in opinion with an archbishop. Faith in this story is more of a backdrop device than a motivator for most characters, but it is not portrayed in a negative way.
ViolenceSome violence and a few brief battle scenes. Nothing graphic.
Drug and Alcohol ContentAle and other alcoholic beverages are mentioned.
Sexual ContentSome relationships are implied which are not confined to wedlock, and one character is acknowledged as the offspring of a slave and slaveowner.
Crude or Profane Language or ContentThe word "b------d" is used by one character in referencing her own birth.
ConclusionAn entertaining story for slightly older readers, this story featured some interesting information on a segment of English history I knew little about.
|Written for Age:||13+|
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