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4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting read, 24 May 2008
This review is from: Sovay (Hardcover)
When I read the blurb of this book I have to admit it really hooked me. What can be more interesting than a girl bent on revenge becoming a highwayman? Well there is much more to this story than is immediately apparent. Set during the french revolution Sovay is a story about a young girl surrounded by intrigue and adventure.

Sovay is a strong willed beautiful girl whose fiancee has had an affair. Instead of breaking down and crying she decides to devise a test for her fiancee to discover whether he is worthy of her or not. Donning a disguise, the apparel of a highwayman, she "tests" her fiancee. After this brilliant and clever opening Sovay continues to dress as a highwayman for excitement and also necessity, as intrigue and plots against the crown come to light. Through all this Sovay becomes a woman and finds true love.

This kind of reminded me of a tale of two cities, but mostly because of the background of the french revolution, and movement between England and France. On another note I found it a little strange that there was no moral commentary to Sovay's attempts to kill, despite this I think this is an interesting novel and should be categorised as young adult. If you like strong female characters, historical settings, and Celia Rees this something for you.
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Initial post: 26 Nov 2009 16:42:20 GMT
As I suspected this book to be, you have basically just described the plot of the traditional Folk song 'Sovay' {made famous by Pentangle}, where a young woman disguises herself as a highwayman to test her young man's loyalty. I'm all for taking inspiration from history, but this sounds too much like a medley of folk-song and 'Scarlet Pimpernel'...

No one knows if there was a real Sovay - the name is probably a corruption of 'Sophie' or 'Sylvie' - but there was a real highwaywoman, the "Wicked Lady" Lady Katherine Ferrers.
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