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Now in a handsome trade paperback edition comes the dramatic conclusion to the "Kingdom" sequence. Thirteen-year-old Elske escapes rape and certain death at the hands of the leaders of her barbaric society and later becomes handmaiden to a rebellious noblewoman, whose rightful throne together they reclaim.
Cynthia Voigt decided in the ninth grade that she wanted to become a writer. She attended Smith College, and after graduation moved to New York where she worked for an advertising agency. After marrying her first husband in 1964, she moved with him to New Mexico where she became a teacher. The couple had one daughter and divorced in 1972. Voigt and her daughter moved to Maryland, where she continued to work as a teacher. It was while searching for books to share with her class of fifth graders that Voigt began to get ideas for young adult and juvenile books that she could write herself. Her first book, HOMECOMING, was published in 1981. The sequel to that book, DICEY'S SONG, won the Newbery Medal in 1983 and, the following year, A SOLITARY BLUE--a companion piece to DICEY'S SONG--was named a Newbery Honor Book.
From the Publisher
This concluding book of the author's "Kingdom Series" focuses on Elske, a young woman who escapes from the cruel Volking and flees to the North. Now far from her homeland, Elske settles in Trastad where she becomes a handmaiden to Beriel, a rebellious noblewoman who has also a foreigner in Trastad. When Elske learns that Beriel has been banished from her kingdom by her evil brother, she agrees to help her reclaim her birthright as queen.
Fleeing her home in fear of her life, Elske becomes a handmaiden to Beriel, heir to the throne of her kingdom, who helps Elske fight for her rightful claim in her own homeland with the hidden strengths that are soon revealed through their special bond. Reprint.