The Tale of Elske by Cynthia Voigt – Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt depicts the parallel quests of two extraordinary young women with power and compassion. List of books and book summaries by award-winning author Cynthia Voigt. as The Wings of a Falcon); The Tale of Elske (previously published as Elske). 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.

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The Vandemark Mummy When the mummified remains of a girl are bequeathed to the college, Phineas and his sister find themselves in the middle of a dangerous mystery. The genre is fantasy only in the made-up medieval “Kingdom” setting; think wooded journeys and Robin Hood figures, and that’s what I loved it for.

The Tale of Elske

For some reason, I kept thinking about that time, that city. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

I was clambering up it, many years ago, when for some reason I pictured two young men who, after ascending the wall of the ravine and were just hauling themselves up, over the rocky edge, onto safety. Voigt is a writer known for shaking up readers’ expectations, and she does just that cynthoa Elske. Dugald is impressed at this feat, as he did not lose any men and was able to win the battle. Just not my thing; I’ve loved the others in dlske series, but I didn’t like the main or secondary characters in this one.

Detailed Review Summary of Elske: A Novel of the Kingdom by Cynthia Voigt

Beriel’s strength and determination are admirable, but her pride and her consuming and single minded narrow focus make her less likable. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. Tell Me if the Lovers are Losers Three very different girls are assigned to be room-mates at college, and over their freshman year they else to live together, and to be friends to one another, and to cause changes in one another.


There just wasn’t enough character development to make Elske relatable, or even likeable, and Beriel was far too aloof, in the author’s efforts to make her noble, to be anyone you really felt like cheering for. But where had they come from, and where were they going, and what was it about them that made them heroes?

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. To Beriel, the mistress, Elske offers steadfast loyalty and courage — hard to come by in her dangerous quest to re Two Women Elske — a girl with no future, until her grandmother’s sacrifice saves her from certain death Beriel — an imperious princess, determined to claim the kingdom that is her birthright Fate brings them together, both exiles, one servant to the other. This is the last book of the 4 Kingdom books written by Cynthia Voigt.

Best part of story, including ending: But when she is assigned as the servant of the Fiendly Princess–Beriel, the Queen-in-waiting–that Elske comes of political and emotional age. The Tale of Oriel Cynthia Voigt. Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! Elske makes her way to the trading city Trastadt, despite being a servant and an outsider, her honesty, intelligence, and good humour bring respect and friendship.

Books by Author Cynthia Voigt

Edwards Award in for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in His sister shrugs, his brother scoffs, and his mother scolds—that’s just the way it is. Raised among the barbaric Wolfers, thirteen-year-old Elske is saved from becoming the Volkking’s Death Maiden by her grandmother, and flees north, where she becomes the servant and dynthia of Princess Beriel–who is determined to claim the kingdom that is her birthright, stolen from her by her treacherous brother.

Elske and the Granddaughter learn to trust each other, for the most part, and to work around each other’s egos. If Beriel were a man, or if Voigt permitted Elske some overt same-sex attraction, this would be a potboiler complete with blood running hot. I also felt like something in the pacing was off, that too much time was spent on some things like setting the scene in Trasdad – it takes about pages before we finally get to the main event, her service to Beriel and not enough on others – for instance, the romances, squeezed in at the end, didn’t feel believable at all.


From cover to cover it is a joy to read. She, too, was rather unreachable. Both worlds can be equally stifling for a free-spirit vynthia Elske and it made for an interesting read to follow how Elske slowly adjusts to her new life living in civilization.

She was awarded the Margaret A. And thus does our story start. Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. Maybe in another time, another place.

Beriel is an imperious princess, determined to claim the kingdom that is her viigt.

By using our cynthai you agree to our use of cookies. Does Science have the power or the right to usher in the end the feudal lifestyle? Want to Read saving…. She is everything that is easy to love: It’s also a fine example of a fantasy world that handles itself just fine without the addition of magic.

While I don’t think Beriel was a brat, the way some people did, I didn’t think Elske should trust the queen the way she did. The spider wanted to swing across a corner, to anchor a web it had begun on the adjacent wall.

Another one I read of my daughter’s. All boys like to have a father well, so do girls, but this book is about the boysand if that father hasn’t been around, for whatever reason, why shouldn’t a boy go looking?