ACHUKA Book of the Day 15 Jul 2020
Times Children’s Book of the Week 18 July 2020
“A gorgeously written tale with a sublime lyricism to it… the story resonates across the ages, holding a mirror up to contemporary Britain.” — Catherine Bruton
“Elen Caldecott presents the sensory world of Late Antique Britain – clothes, artefacts and precarious lives – with compelling originality.” — Caroline Lawrence
Already known as an author of light-hearted fiction for younger children, Caldecott proves herself here with something more for an older readership – we are listing this in both our Fiction and YA recommendations.
It is the year 454AD. The Roman Empire has withdrawn from Britain, throwing it into the chaos of the Dark Ages. Mai has been kept safe by her father and her sister, Haf. But when Saxon warriors arrive at their farm, the family is forced to flee to the hills where British warlords lie in wait. Can Mai survive in a dangerous world where speaking her mother tongue might be deadly, and where even the people she loves the most can’t be trusted?