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I, Coriander

I, Coriander by Sally Gardner

A tale set in the English Civil War and -- elsewhere. Coriander is the only child of her parents, and one birthday, she finds herself sent marvelous silver shoes. Her mother tries to keep them from her, but consequences follows. Such as an old woman and a crow seeing her.

Her tale winds on with many a fairy tale trope, though it's not a straight retelling. Her father's Royalist sentiments lead to a lot of trouble, including his having to remarry to distract Puritans from himself and her -- and then his having to flee, leaving her, and letting her stepmother bring in a "preacher" help control her. It includes a crooked little preacher, another world where time does not flow as it does in our world, a fox, a man named Medlar who had once met her father while he carried a lantern, her mother's stillroom, a tailor and his apprentice, a white horse, and much more.
Tags: fiction reviews: children's fantasy, fiction reviews: fairy tale based, fiction reviews: historical fantasy
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