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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She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Vogit in for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in She lives in Maine. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Two Women Elske — a girl with no future, until her elskee 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.

Elske (Tales of the Kingdom , book 4) by Cynthia Voigt

To Beriel, the mistress, Elske offers steadfast loyalty and courage — hard to come by in her dangerous quest to regain the throne she has been denied by treachery.

Elskw Elske, the handmaiden, Beriel’s proud example provides a perhaps even more precious gift — the strength to find her true self. Read more Read less.

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It is beautifully written with good characterization, interesting characters, and many universal themes — especially loyalty. This is the last book of the 4 Kingdom books written by Cynthia Voigt. It stands on its own, but is interesting to read in conjunction with the others to see how the family relationships go on between the different books. Elske is the granddaughter of Tamara, who is a minor character in the Wings of a Falcon. This kind of continuity over many generations adds to the depth of this novel.

One person found this helpful. If you’ve enjoyed any of Voigt’s other fantasy novels, this one won’t disappoint. Another story about The Kingdom with strong female protagonists.

Bought this book used. It had some wear and tear but it’s as I expected. I never got the chance to read this last book in the series. I am very happy with my purchase. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. Intense, creative and engaging. Love the Kingdom series. Wish there were more. Easy read and exciting.

Can be read separately from the others. I remember reading this as a youth and tried to find the book with the same cover and all. So glad I was able to find a piece of my memory.

Cynthia Voigt was a terrific writer. Set in an unspecified medieval world of fictitious geography this book presents a very young heroine who barely escapes rape and immolation as the chosen Death Maiden among the heartless Volkaric horde.

Raised as a Wolfer this daughter of a gentler clime and culture avoids both fates thanks to the wisely intense foresight of her grandmother–who chose to design her own revenge on her captors.

In Trastad–a merchant city located on three islands–Elske learns the Norther tongue, gradually relaxes in a new, more humane lifestyle, eventually discovering that men and women can enjoy each other’s private company in ways undreamed of by the hated Fruchtmen. 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.


Now 15 she provides invaluable service to her new mistress, who, despite her prickly, imperious manner, manages to win Elske’s undying loyalty over the girl’s natural obligation to her two first lords, known as Vars. But what is the fascination of this mysterious new weapon called “black powder” which men risk their lives to possess?

Does Science have the power or the right to usher in the end the feudal lifestyle? Will both maid and mistress always scorn the idea of the marriage bed? How can a mere girl orphan help the future Queen regain her crown and her reputation in the distant South? Family dynamics are challenged as treachery and revenge are unleashed into an already beleaguered realm.

Cleverly plotted with deep insight into the mysteries of the human heart, ELSKE proves satisfying fiction for both adults and YA readers. See all 37 reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Cynthiw to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping.

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