Cushman, Karen Grayling’s Song, 206 pgs. Clarion Books (2016. $16.99. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence G.
Grayling’s mother is a hedge witch who has been enveloped in some sort of dark magic that is turning her into a tree. It is up to Grayling, her shy and quiet daughter, to set off to find “the others,” cunning folk like her mother, who can help her free her mother and the darkness that seems to be filling their land. Grayling is reluctant to go, since she has been told what to do all her life and doesn’t see herself as a leader.
This book is a fantasy first for Karen Cushman, but retains the medieval England setting she is known for. Grayling is a plucky character and the characters she meets are an eclectic bunch. It was fun to see Grayling grow as a character, but there weren’t too many surprises.
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