Scaling castle walls? Clawing out of a dungeon? Dodging the arrows of an angry crossbow? Typical medieval shenanigans for your average knight. But this time we're not talking about a young man in his prime. This time we're talking about Drest, a lass, who can out fight most men....
Drest has saved her father, her brothers and Emerick from the treachery at the castle..at least for now. They've all gathered to make a plan that will defeat the traitors led by Sir Oswyn in his quest for power.
Drest sets out in to the woods alone and then realizes she's being followed. It's a man in armor; a man who has his own plan. Can she outrun him?
Using her wits and exceptional agility, Drest climbs a tree and waits. That's how she overhears the man standing below her and finds out she has has price on her head. She's been declared a wolf's head with a price any man might want to win.
Where does she go now? Where can she be safe?
288 pages 978-0735229297 Ages 9-12
Keywords: Medieval times, treachery, battles, loyalty, knights, weapons, self respect, self reliance, brothers, gender roles, leadership, women, gender equality, 9 year olds, 10 year olds, 11 year olds, 12 year olds
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
*********** A heart-pounding adventure starring a strong heroine who is battling the challenges of being a legend—perfect for reading aloud with the whole family.
In this Scottish medieval adventure, after attempting a daring rescue of her war-band family, Drest learns that Lord Faintree's traitorous uncle has claimed the castle for his own and convinced the knights that the lord has been slain . . . by her hand. Now with a hefty price on her head, Drest must find a way to escape treacherous knights, all the while proving to her father, the "Mad Wolf of the North," and her irrepressible band of brothers that she is destined for more than a life of running and hiding. Even if that takes redefining what it means to be a warrior.--from the publisher
A standout among quest tales for middle graders.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Exciting, fast-paced, and beautifully written! The perfect follow-up to the first book, and by the end, readers will be clamoring for more!" —Jennifer A. Nielsen, The New York Times bestselling author of The False Prince