In a mythic Scotland, two unlikely heroes must make a dangerous journey to save their people. Agatha is a Hawk, brave and fierce, who protects her people by patrolling the high walls of their island home. She is proud of her job, though some in her clan whisper that it is meant to keep her out of the way because of the condition she was born with. Jaime, thoughtful and anxious, is an Angler, but he hates the sea. Worse, he's been chosen for a duty that the clan hasn't required for generations: to marry. The elders won't say why they have promised him to a girl in a neighboring clan, but there are rumors of approaching danger. When disaster strikes and the clan is kidnapped, it is up to Agatha and Jaime to travel across the haunted mainland of Scotia to Norveg, with help along the way from a clan of nomadic Highland bull riders and the many animals who are drawn to Agatha's extraordinary gift of communication. Thrilling and dark yet rich with humor and compassion, this is the first book in the Shadow Skye trilogy, written by a wonderful new voice in fantasy and introducing a welcome new kind of hero.
by Joseph Elliott
by Joshua Khan
by Philip Pullman
"The first in a trilogy, this tale set in mythic Scotland features two engaging characters brought to life through Fiona Hardingham's and Gary Furlong's alternating narrations. Hardingham is masterful at sharing Agatha's worldview with listeners; a brave, fierce Hawk, she is proud of her job patrolling the walls of her island home. However, some say she's given the work to occupy her due to her Down syndrome-like disability. Ultimately, the unlikely heroes Agatha and Jaime embark on a perilous journey to save their people.The narrators give the characters wonderful Scottish inflections and skillfully build suspense while developing this duo into unique new heroes whom listeners will want to hear succeed. J.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"
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