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The Amaranth enchantment

by Berry, Julie, 1974-

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Summary
Orphaned at age five, Lucinda, now fifteen, stands with courage against the man who took everything from her, aided by a thief, a clever goat, and a mysterious woman called the Witch of Amaranth, while the prince she knew as a child prepares to marry, unaware that he, too, is in danger.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Intriguing characters, fine plotting, and a richly worked narrative carry the reader into Lucinda's vaguely medieval world. Orphaned as a small child when her wealthy parents were killed in a carriage accident, Lucinda has grown to the age of 15 as the maidservant in her goldsmith uncle's home, suffering abuse at the hands of his wife. Life changes quickly for Lucinda after her uncle dies when she attempts to complete an errand to return a strange glowing stone to a woman locally known as the Amaranth Witch. A street thief, the local Prince Charming, a goat with the manners of a loving dog, and an evil chief justice are among the characters who complicate and enrich Lucinda's life as she discovers her own past and the otherworldliness of Beryl, the amaranth lady. Tamora Pierce fans will particularly appreciate Berry's smoothly rendered first novel, where magic and historically accurate courtly rites are balanced with Lucinda's maturing sense of independence, fate, and self.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Berry's enticing debut novel teems with romance, danger and suspense. Lucinda, a 15-year-old orphan, leads a miserable existence as a servant until she gains possession of an unusual stone belonging to Beryl, a reputed witch. As luck would have it, the gem is stolen and sold to a prince before Lucinda even realizes it is gone. Most of the plot centers on Lucinda's adventures trying to retrieve the stone from the prince, with whom she predictably falls in love. Fantasy buffs will delight in the author's playful use of fairy tale conventions-unlike Cinderella, Lucinda has the good sense to retrieve her lost slipper after attending a ball ("I considered leaving it there, but one footfall in my stocking feet on the cold granite changed my mind"). But the book's main appeal comes from the revelations of many secrets and unexpected twists, including the truth about Beryl. Lucinda has to work harder than most such heroines to acquire her happily-ever-after ending, but her efforts eventually pay off, while leaving readers with enough unanswered questions to set imaginations spinning. Ages 10-14. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Orphans Juvenile fiction
Princes Juvenile fiction
Extraterrestrial beings Juvenile fiction
Witches Juvenile fiction
Family secrets Juvenile fiction
Gems Juvenile fiction
Orphans Fiction
Princes Fiction
Extraterrestrial beings Fiction
Witches Fiction
Family secrets Fiction
Gems Fiction
Fantasy
Folklore
Young Adult Fiction
Electronic books.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York :Bloomsbury Publishing2010
2010
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
Format: Kindle Book
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Awards A Junior Library Guild selection
Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781599905754
9781599905754
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