Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374335991, 208pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2005
A gripping, fantastic battle against an evil creature
After rowing across the waters that cover what was once their home, a valley intentionally flooded during World War II, Ingledove and her older brother, Lang, visit their mother's remotely situated grave, where they find a mysterious inscription on her headstone: "A daughter of Adantis." Vaguely remembering hearing of Adantis when they were younger, the two siblings find themselves unwittingly entering into it, a magical place hidden deep in the Great Smoky Mountains. But they seem predestined to encounter something terrible as they continue what Lang thinks is just a good camping trip. A strange music hangs in the air, and eventually Lang is entranced by its source - at first sight, a beautiful woman. In fact, she is part serpent, an ancient creature of evil who is out to drain the life from Lang. Only with the help of a man called the Master of Witchmasters and only by venturing into enchanted tunnels will Ingledove be able to save her brother from death.
Mining the rich legends of the Cherokee Indians, Marly Youmans has crafted a decidedly American fantasy written in breathtaking prose.
Praise For Ingledove…
"Ingledove is a marvelous book. I loved it . . . I loved the way the Hidden Land materializes around you, as you read, as naturally as breathing. And the magic seems to arise almost as naturally - though it can be as sudden and cruel as a snakebite - and all of it is always breathtakingly wonderful. Then, instead of leaving you simply gasping at her marvels, Marly Youmans has the courage and the good sense to point out that experiences of this order cause people to change. I really admired this book." -- Diana Wynne Jones
"Youmans' wordcraft is both subtle and expressive. An engaging historical fantasy." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Fascinating." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Besides the richly imagined setting and history, this fantasy offers a sympathetic heroine involved in an exciting adventure." -- Booklist