10) Harry Harrison, for his playful and clever voice
9) Toni Morrison, for the way she can turn a phrase
8) Umberto Eco, for his amazing eye for detail
7) Laurie Halse Anderson, for how closely she can tap into the lived experiences of young people
6) Francisco X. Stork, for his evocative use of language
5) A.S. King, for the depth of her imagination
4) Connie Willis, for her tense, believable worldbuilding
3) Kate Beaton, for her ability to take the starch out of history
2) Octavia Butler, for her stark, unflinching vision
1) Margaret Atwood, for her accessible and often painfully real characters
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 17, 2012)
Hardcover: 352 Pages
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Cecily’s father has ruined her life. He’s moving them to occupied Wales, where the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will finally be the lady of the house.
Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl.
While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.