Nov 18, 08
The Tree Shepherd's Daughter by Gillian Summer is a delightful Renaissance Faire tale abound with magic and mayhem that grabs the reader from page one and bewitches you right through to the last page. A young adult novel to devour no matter what age you are.
Keelie Heartwood is the typical California girl in every way until the loss of her mother due to an accident. Confused, angry, resentful, determined, Keelie is not about to give up her California girl ways without a fight.
A few weeks following her mothers death, Keelie is uprooted from her California life to go live with her father at a Renaissance Faire in Colorado. Upon arrival she is not only stunned by the fairy tale image of the place but of the people who actually think they are a part of this period lifestyle. What could only be worse is the giving up of the concrete life for the world of woodlands, mud and the uneasy buzzing that seems to have taken hold of Keelie since she walked through the gates of the Faire.
It doesn't take long before what seems to be fantasy turns into a stunning reality when Keelie is confronted by water sprites, tree spirits, a nasty dastardly evil troll, elves, dwarves, and all kinds of other fairytale characters that a normal person would see in a totally different light.
This author has given us a truly wonderful tale that would be every girl's dream given the chance. Add a little magic and mayhem, good magic and dark magic, magical beings and mundanes (humans), throw in a normal looking kitty with an infinity for out drinking almost everyone when the mead starts to flow and you have a page turner that will make you laugh, cry, astonish you and make you wish for more when the story finally comes to the very last page. I can't wait to get my greedy little hands on book two of this deliciously delightful trilogy.