In the gripping last act of The Mad Wolf’s Daughter (2018), crafty Drest escaped with her life from Faintree Castle—but doing so has made her the prime target in a traitorous plot.
In addition to freeing her da—the Mad Wolf—and her brothers from Faintree Castle, she also saved Emerick, Lord Faintree, from his scheming uncle. They are recovering with friend Tig’s family in Phearsham Ridge when a disguised castle knight infiltrates the town, spreading lies. He is searching for Emerick. And because Drest has become his protector, a price is on her head. The Mad Wolf is determined to protect Drest, but his methods no longer suit her. She, Emerick, and Tig refuse to go on the run, planning instead to take the battle to Faintree Castle. But who’s loyal? Who’s duplicitous? In feudal 13th-century Scotland, powerful alliances are necessary for success, as the thoroughly researched story makes clear, and forging them allows Drest to continue to develop her newfound diplomatic skills, solidifying her reputation as an ingenious, righteous leader. Her position is not an easy one, as the political winds continue to shift, betrayals abound, and battles rage. Magras deftly balances introspection and action as Drest proves herself willing to risk everything—and the result will leave readers cheering.
Fair-minded men and strong women in unusual roles make this a standout among quest tales for middle graders. (glossary, author’s note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)