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Walk the wild with me, Rachel Atwood

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Walk the wild with me
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Walk the wild with me
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Rachel Atwood
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eng
Summary
"Orphaned when still a toddler, Nicholas Withybeck knows no other home than Locksley Abbey outside Nottingham, England. He works in the scriptorium embellishing illuminated manuscripts with hidden faces of the Wild Folk and whimsical creatures that he sees every time he ventures into the woods and fields. His curiosity leads him into forbidden nooks and crannies both inside and outside the abbey, and he becomes adept at hiding to stay out of trouble. On one of these forays Nick slips into the crypt beneath the abbey. There he finds an altar older than the abbey's foundations, ancient when the Romans occupied England. Behind the bricks around the altar, he finds a palm-sized silver cup. The cup is embellished with the three figures of Elena, the Celtic goddess of crossroads, sorcery, and cemeteries. He carries the cup with him always, listening as the goddess whispers wisdom in the back of his mind. With Elena's cup in his pocket, Nick can see that the masked dancers at the May Day celebration in the local village are actually the creatures of the wood: The Green Man--known to mortals as Little John--and Robin Goodfellow, Herne the Huntsman, dryads, trolls, and water sprites. Theirs are the faces he's seen and drawn into his illuminations. Guided by Elena along secret forest paths, Nick learns that Little John's love has been kidnapped by Queen Mab of the Faeries. The door to the Faery mound will only open when the moons of the two realms align. That time is fast approaching. Nick must release Elena so that she can use sorcery to unlock that door, allowing Nick's band of friends to try to rescue the girl. Will he have the courage to release her as his predecessor did not?"--Amazon.com
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  • Atwood puts a twist on the legend of Robin Hood in her first novel that combines the history of Sherwood Forest and the realm of faerie. A young monastic initiate, Nick, is guided on a quest to help the few fey left in Sherwood Forest in a battle with the evil faerie Queen Mab of Celtic legend. With the help of Abbot Maeson, Robin Goodfellow (aka Robin Hood) and Little John, this band of eclectic heroes must save both Little John and Robin's romantic interests along with all of England from Queen Mab's evil clutches. Nick is entrusted with the pitcher of the Lady Elana, the Celtic goddess of the crossroads, sorcery, and cemeteries. She helps him to guide his friend Dom to a restful passing, to decisions that help him to stay on his path of faith, and to a door that bridges both faerie and human worlds. Nick is the key to reuniting the worlds, so that religion and the regencies of the land can live in peace. This elegant historical fantasy will have readers anticipating Atwood's next book. -- Tiffany Austin (Reviewed 10/15/2019) (Booklist, vol 116, number 4, p39)
  • Characters from Robin Hood and English folklore gambol through Atwood’s vibrant historical fantasy debut. Twelve-year-old orphan Nick Withybeck is raised by monks in Locksley Abbey. When the Celtic goddess Elena chooses Nick as her vessel in the mortal world, she reveals his true heritage to him; Nick has the wild blood and is a child of the forest. Nick’s newfound magic, combined with the goddess who whispers in his mind, enable him to recognize Little John, of Robin Loxley’s merry band, as “the Green Man,” a mythical creature of the wood. When Queen Mab of the Faeries kidnaps Little John’s lover, Little John enlists Nick to use his special connection with Elena to help get her back. Infusing the story of the Sherwood outlaws with magic is a well-established trope, but shifting the focus from Robin to Little John is a welcome innovation, and Nick’s fresh eyes breathe life into the legend. Atwood’s lively tale is sure to appeal to lovers of mythology and folklore. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/14/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 41, p)
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10829790
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YDX
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Atwood, Rachel
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FIC ATWOOD
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
DAW book collectors
Series volume
no. 1841
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  • Abbeys
  • Artists
  • Crypts
  • Goddesses, Celtic
  • Magic
  • Quests (Expeditions)
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Walk the wild with me, Rachel Atwood
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rdacarrier.
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  • txt
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Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xii, 306 pages
Isbn
9780756414849
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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  • n
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  • (OCoLC)1089848732
  • BK0024950104
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Walk the wild with me, Rachel Atwood
Publication
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xii, 306 pages
Isbn
9780756414849
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1089848732
  • BK0024950104

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