Peaceweaver

Random House Children’s Books 2012

In this stand-alone companion book to The Coming of the Dragon, 16-year-old Hild has to decide what’s most important to her, honor or happiness. Those who have read Dragon will meet new characters and see some familiar faces from a new perspective. Readers new to Hild’s world will meet a girl who knows how to wield a sword, but whose job is to weave peace between two warring kingdoms.

"Barnhouse has woven a fantasy that is full of bravery, adventure, and magic. . . . The pacing of the story remains steady throughout with a nice balance of the protagonist’s introspective struggles combined with nerve-wracking suspense. A thoroughly enjoyable read."
--Elizabeth C. Johnson, School Library Journal.

"Hild is a satisfyingly complex character, both committed to peace and desperate to avoid exile . . . Although it depends not a whit on the previous book, it may well drive new readers to it, so they can spend more time in this fascinating, distant place."
--Kirkus

"This vigorous Norse saga is rich in details of medieval Scandinavian life, and Hild grows convincingly from a naive, judgmental girl into an honorable, capable warrior-queen as her prowess is tested against both monstrous creatures and all-too-human traitors. Give this to readers of epic fantasy, historical fiction, and Viking mythology."
--Krista Hutley, Booklist

"Fantasy readers will enjoy this epic journey with a strong female protagonist. Rich Viking mythology provides a captivating framework as readers witness Hild's growth from a pampered young lady into a brave and honorable future queen."
--Jessica Miller, VOYA

"This heroine's journey is absolutely, completely awesome."
--The Book Smugglers (click here to read entire review)

"Peaceweaver, like The Coming of the Dragon, is absolutely top notch historical fantasy."
--Charlotte’s Library (click here to read entire review)

“Entrancing! Barnhouse weaves a web of magic and treachery that will ensnare you.”
--Cinda Williams Chima, bestselling author of the Heir Chronicles and the Seven Realms series

Peaceweaver is splendid historical fantasy. Barnhouse’s sure-footed prose and intricate world building deftly evoke a time of ancient magics, perilous journeys, and thrilling tales spun by firelight. Highly recommended.”
--Elizabeth C. Bunce, winner of the Morris Award; author of A Curse Dark as Gold and StarCrossed

For great teaching ideas about Peaceweaver, visit The Classroom Bookshelf. (http://www.classroombookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/03/peaceweaver.html)

Read Elizabeth C. Bunce’s interview with Rebecca at The Enchanted Inkpot.

For a sneak preview of the first chapter, check out the spring 2011 issue of JENNY, Youngstown State University Student Literary Arts Association’s online magazine:http://www.jennymag.org/spring-11-issue/a-moment-with-rebecca-barnhouse/peaceweaver-chapter-1-excerpt. While you’re there, take a look at JENNY’s great selections of poetry, prose, and visual arts!

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Random House hardcover, 2012
ISBN 978-0-375-86766-8

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