- School & Library Binding
- Publisher: San Val (Nov. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0613377001
- ISBN-13: 978-0613377003
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,863,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Quest for a Maid
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It's the perfect blend of historical children's fiction and magic. You grow to really care about the characters, Meg, Davie, Peem, Inge....and really want to know what happens to them.
If you're not Scottish or have trouble reading Scots it can sometimes be a bit "What did you just say?" as a lot of the dialogue is in Scots. But I think it adds a little bit of authenticity to the writing.
I really recommend this for both children and adults. It's a wonderful story.
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The plot was interesting and engaging from start to finish. I liked that one of the characters had a disability - young Davie Spens had a cleft lip that gave him a severe speech disability.
The book includes a glossary at the end of the book because the author writes in Scottish dialect. This was charming and colorful, but it also made it more exhausting to read. It didn't help that the chapters were long (for example 34 kindle pages). I rarely made it past one chapter per sitting.
I do recommend the book, but be warned that the dialect could make it too difficult for some young readers (particularly ones who prefer short chapters). And I can't really imagine reading it out loud to a child, unless you're from Scotland.
I read QUEST FOR A MAID because it kept popping up under another website's recommendations. It was suggested because I loved Sherryl Jordan's THE RAGING QUIET.
The adventure took place somewhere during the mid-thirteenth century. Remember that because much of the interplay was consistent with that era. The leading protagonist was the plumpish Meg Wright and her story began at the age of nine with a toothache.
She was the youngest of (seven?) daughters and her father was a widowed peg-leg shipbuilder. They lived in Scotland. Meg had inadvertently witnessed a murder by witchcraft following her toothache 'cure'. Her loving oldest sister, Inge, whom was known as an herbal healer, had been coerced into killing King Alexander III.
From there on out, Meg began some wondrous adventures. Those same adventures encompassed both land and water. And along the way she saved several lives and became betrothed at a very early age. I found the mixture of actual history mixed with numerous fictional characters intriguing.
Many people have referred to this story as a children's fantasy or young adult story but I actually think adults, as I did, would find this wonderful entertainment. If you cherish QUEST FOR A MAID, I would encourage you to read THE RAGING QUIET or Irene Northan's THE TINNER'S BRIDE. All of these stories are historical pieces of medieval fiction with a mixture of reality and a light romance.
I definatly reccommend this book to anyone interested in medieval times or Scotland, or someone who just likes a good story with adventure and a bit a romance. Though, if you are a reader who only likes really fast-paced books, it might not be for you, since while it does have exciting adventure parts, some parts are slower.