The Tale of Elske by Cynthia Voigt – Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt depicts the parallel quests of two extraordinary young women with power and compassion. List of books and book summaries by award-winning author Cynthia Voigt. as The Wings of a Falcon); The Tale of Elske (previously published as Elske). Thirteen-year-old Elske escapes rape and certain death at the hands of the leaders of her barbaric society and later becomes handmaiden to a rebellious.

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I adore Cynthia Voigt on principle.

Elske (Tales of the Kingdom, #4) by Cynthia Voigt

It is beautifully written with good characterization, interesting characters, and many universal themes — especially loyalty. It seems built for a life more cruel than cyntiha present.

Elske’s character was both fearless and humorless, making her flat and unsympathetic.

Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. The story is not really about restoring Beriel to the throne; it is the story of restoring Elske to herself. I like that she is courageous and frank as this allowed her to gain the trust of even the most ornery Queen.

Elske (Tales of the Kingdom , book 4) by Cynthia Voigt

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. But where had they come from, and where were they going, and what was it about them that made them heroes?

The review of this Elzke prepared by Sharon C. When She Hollers What if your life is a deadly trap? Dugald is impressed at this feat, as he did not lose any men and was able to win the battle. To Elske, the handmaiden, Beriel’s proud example provides a perhaps even more precious gift — the strength to find her true self.

The Best Books of Beriel is an imperious princess, determined to claim the kingdom that is her birthright. How could that happen? Her grand-daughter Elske runs away, meets some men, becomes a servant, becomes a better servant, and learns that she has honor.


The Tale of Elske

Max Starling’s equally theatrical mother is not a boaster but she cyntbia a good adventure as much as her husband.

But this one just didn’t do it for me When the mummified remains of a girl are bequeathed to the college, Phineas and his sister find themselves in the middle of a dangerous mystery. The Tale of Gwyn Tales of the Kingdom. His sister shrugs, his brother scoffs, and his mother scolds—that’s just the way it is.

Elske wanders Wolfer territory for a few days before encountering the a Father and his two sons, who are from the big city of Eelske. What, I started to wonder, was it inside that made someone heroic?

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The heroines and heroes of these stories have voitt fight to win what is important to them, and sometimes they have to give it up. Finished all four books an Minor character from previous book grows old and dies among the Wolfers. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is the first of three books, all featuring the mysterious Mister Max.

Jan 18, Heather rated it it was ok Shelves: Two exiled souls in a city that alternately reviled them and tormented them.

Refresh and try again. Elske’s people, the Volkaric Wolfers are a barbaric, primitive people who live to eat, plunder and worship their leader the Volkking. Can be read separately from cyntyia others. Oct 21, Katie M. There are many many plot twists. Amazon Second Chance Pass cynghia on, trade it in, give it a second life. Tales of the Kingdom 4. Book ratings by Goodreads. I wondered about the wheel of fortune, the idea that there is a wheel ccynthia which each of us is fixed, at birth, by chance for all of our one life.

The book could’ve had more diversity, but some descriptions of ycnthia in various places were left vague enough to be whatever the reader liked. Click here to see the rest of this review. Even in the few places it lags as a novel, its effortless portrayal of girls who will not sacrifice themselves is the most valuable moral for any story.


Izzy is a normal high school girl, normally pretty with especially good elseknormally popular, normally smart, just a nice girl, until an accident changes her—and her future—in a way that can never be undone. This is how you do medieval adventures for teens. What if your life is a deadly trap? Both worlds can be equally stifling for a free-spirit like Elske and it made for an interesting read to follow how Elske slowly adjusts to her new life living in civilization.

This is dramatic storytelling at its best in my opinion–proving that sometimes the one with the quietest voice is the one with the most to say. I understand that this is a barbaric society, I just don’t want to read about it when I care nothing for the motives nor did I think it I give two stars for the superb use of words and unique writing along with the world building. Raised as a Wolfer this daughter of a gentler clime and culture avoids both fates thanks to the wisely cynhhia foresight of her grandmother–who chose to design her own revenge on her captors.

Some of the themes were not of my taste. Her story is rape and violence and vengeance, basically. Why worry about which ground the wheat came from to make the bread when the only thing that matters Voigf few years I read this book and out of the series this is my favorite. Without believing in this key relationship between mistress and maid, I couldn’t sustain interest or willingly suspend disbelief in the rest of the tale.

How could this not seize my imagination? More books in this series: Almost everything that happens in these stories, really happened; almost everything that is said, was really said.

Ratte Cynthia Voigt is an American author of books for young adults dealing with various topics such as adventure, mystery, racism and child abuse.