Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale
Melkorka is a princess, the first daughter of a magnificent kingdom in mediæval Ireland -- but all of this is lost the day she is kidnapped and taken aboard a marauding slave ship. Thrown into a world that she has never known, alongside people that her former country's laws regarded as less than... show more
Melkorka is a princess, the first daughter of a magnificent kingdom in mediæval Ireland -- but all of this is lost the day she is kidnapped and taken aboard a marauding slave ship. Thrown into a world that she has never known, alongside people that her former country's laws regarded as less than human, Melkorka is forced to learn quickly how to survive. Taking a vow of silence, however, she finds herself an object of fascination to her captors and masters, and soon realizes that any power, no matter how little, can make a difference. Based on an ancient Icelandic saga, award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli has crafted a heartbreaking story of a young girl who must learn to forget all that she knows and carve out a place for herself in a new world -- all without speaking a word.
Publish date: October 23rd 2007
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Irish Literature
, Fairy Tales
, High School
Melkorka is captured and enslaved by Vikings. She was a princess but her life changes completely when she becomes a slave. She decides that her only act of defiance is by keeping quiet. This marks her as different and makes her attractive to her captors. It's not a bad story, it just didn't work...
I'm pretty much speechless.
The three stars are because the book is very well-written. It's because of everything else that it's only three stars, and I considered giving it less. The story is based on an incredibly unpromising hook from Icelandic myth: a mute slave is heard speaking Gaelic, and admits to being an Irish prince...
I'm not going to lie, I bought Hush on pure cover/title appeal (it was $3! Why not?). Gladly, I wasn't disappointed. Hush expands on a very small part of an Icelandic saga, filling it out and bringing it to life quite nicely. It follows Melkorka, an Irish princess who is kidnapped by slave trade...
My library has this shelved in the juvenile section, but I'd be pretty hesitant to actually suggest this one to anyone in elementary school. For the record, that's because I fear the wrath of parents, not because I actually think children would be damaged by reading "adult content". Anyway, ugh, I...