The Kingdom of Little Wounds

By Susann Cokal
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763666941, 554pp.)

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

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A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
A young seamstress and a royal nursemaid find themselves at the center of an epic power struggle in this stunning young-adult debut.
On the eve of Princess Sophia's wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches: brocade and satin and jewels, feasts of sugar fruit and sweet spiced wine. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne's heirs, and a courtier's wolfish hunger for the king's favors sets a devious plot in motion. Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem -- and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.



About the Author
Susann Cokal is the author of two previous novels, Mirabilis and Breath and Bones, and her short stories and literary criticism have been published in literary journals and the New York Times Book Review. Currently an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Susann Cokal lives in Richmond, Virginia.
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