Quest for a Maid

by Frances Mary Hendry

Paperback, 1992



Local notes

PB Hen




Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (1992), Edition: First Edition, 288 pages


Aware of her older sister's powers of sorcery, which have been used to help secure the Scottish throne for Robert de Brus, Meg realizes she must try to protect the young Norwegian princess who has been chosen as rightful heir.


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288 p.; 5.12 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member satyridae
This wee bittie book is a powerful re-imagining of a couple of different historical events which dovetail nicely here. I saw some of it coming, but not all by any means. The characters are finely drawn, especially Meg and Davie and Peem. Sir Patrick Spens is a hoot. The plot moves along at a brisk
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clip, and keeps one engaged throughout.

It did start off a bit slow, with a good deal of telling in the 'As you already know, Bob' vein, but once through that, it soared.
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LibraryThing member arthos
Tells the story of the Maid of Norway, Margaret who was named Queen of Scots as a young girl, and sailed from Norway for Scotland in 1290, at the age of eight, to be crowned. The story is told from the point of view of a somewhat older Scottish girl, also named Margaret (Meg), whose older sister
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Inge had the Sight and certain powers, as well as considerable ambition. Much of the book is about Meg's growing up and her adventures, but Inge and the Maid are strong forces just off stage.

The picture of early 13th-century life is fascinating. Meg and her companions are strong and sympathetic characters. It is a very enjoyable read.
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LibraryThing member noirem
Set in 13th Century Scotland, the story opens with the death (murder via witchcraft) of King Alexander III. This is the story of Meg, a well-to-do girl of almost marriageable age who is in the wrong place at the right time again and again to watch (or shape) the way history unfolds.

A friend gave
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me a copy of A Little Princess for my 10th birthday, a book I already owned, so we took it back to the children's bookstore from which it had been purchased. At the time I pretty much only read Sci-Fi/Fantasy, the books my mother read, and was spectacularly uninterested in books aimed at my age-range. But I needed a book and we didn't have much time and it advertised kings and magic and adventure... I loved it. It's fun, and a fast read, and it's richly researched. And then it sat on my shelf for 18 years until, this last month when I resolved to cut my library by a third. "I should read this again before I go to Scotland!" I thought to myself. It's still as lovely as it was then -and- it's set in Inverkeithing, now Inverness, the city I'm going to visit :o)

Note: This book makes free, historically accurate, use of the word "b*tch." It's never used as a weapon ("'Wake up, you wee b*tch, you dare die on me now and I'll kill you!'") but it does seem, to the modern ear, like quite strong language compared to the rest of the book ("Drat that, I thought. And changed my mind: No, this is an emergency; To hell with that!").
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LibraryThing member bluesalamanders
This is a historical fantasy, about the kings of the British Isles and what might have happened if magic existed. And it's a good story, about a young girl with more compassion and strength than she realizes - she runs around willy-nilly saving lives and befriending outcasts, not even realizing
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that she's doing unusual things.
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LibraryThing member aiuliano
This was one of my favorite books as a child. The characters are rich and appealing to a child and the story-telling is addictive. The ending, however, I remember being weak. I recently re-read this book and found my adult self agreeing with my child self. Much to be desired of the conclusion.




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