|King's Shadow, the (1995) [Novel]|
by Elizabeth Alder
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(From the publisher):
Evyn, a young Welsh serf, has dreamed all his life of becoming a storyteller. Blessed with a beautiful voice, he loves holding an audience captive with his words, reciting verses that have been passed down from generation to generation.
But in a cruel twist of fate, Evyn and his father suffer a brutal attack by a group of murderous ruffians. Evyn's tongue is cut off and his father is killed. Orphaned and unable to speak, Evyn assumes he is destined to a life of slavery. But Evyn is resilient and teaches himself to read and write. He is then appointed the personal companion to Earl Harold of Wessex, who later becomes the King of England. The two travel the countryside together, forming a close father-son bond. Evyn chronicles all of their exciting journeys, which culminate at the Battle of Hastings, where the future of the country is decided.
Original title: The King's Shadow
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ Europe→ Middle Ages