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Homegoing
by Michelle Markey Butler


Overview - Disowned. Disgraced. Discarded. I had been Princess of Bruster, then Queen of Ferrant. Now I was neither. I built a new life, in a new land. The clerk of my adopted lord. I wanted to copy books and build his library. Quiet and unremarked amongst parchment and ink.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Disowned. Disgraced. Discarded. I had been Princess of Bruster, then Queen of Ferrant. Now I was neither. I built a new life, in a new land. The clerk of my adopted lord. I wanted to copy books and build his library. Quiet and unremarked amongst parchment and ink. Then the great ship came. It delivered a letter - to a land where almost no one could read. By the time the letter came to my hands, the ship had departed. We had no way to tell them we had never heard of them. They gave us one year, but how could we meet their demands when we did not know what they meant? War was coming. Unless I could prevent it.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781939056085
  • ISBN-10: 193905608X
  • Publisher: Pink Narcissus Press
  • Publish Date: December 2014
  • Page Count: 424
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.86 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.08 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Fantasy - General
Books > Fiction > Fantasy - Historical

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-07-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

Butler's debut fantasy, set in a quasi-medieval world, features a strong-willed, educated woman and a plot focused on the power of books. Doctora Bann is a princess, former wife, and the only woman taught to read and write by the Vere scholars. She must unravel an enigmatic letter from an unknown land. With a year's deadline and the aid of a cook and a young man, both of whom have the rare gift of literacy, she throws herself into old, neglected tomes, even learning to read a formerly dead language. Following up leads, she revisits her teachers and her family, solving their troubles along the way. Keenly aware of the game of politics and dealing with a short temper, Bann conveys the oddness of her unsteady social status as a disgraced ex-wife and scholar barely tolerated in a male-dominated, illiterate society. Told in a clear style, the story moves along steadily, if a bit slowly at times. It's full of machinations and fight scenes, while also capturing the pleasures of scholarly investigation. (Dec.)

 
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