THE DAGGER AND THE BIRD by Margaret Greaves

THE DAGGER AND THE BIRD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Brother Simon's fear of cold iron is a family tragedy when father so desperately needs help at the forge, and it proves to Luke and Bridget that troublesome Simon is really a changeling. Armed with the motto ""'Hold fast to love, of all things lord"" and with secret charms given them by the Old One Tormentil, Luke and Bridget journey with the changeling to the kingdom of the Good People where nothing is real and even the primroses are made of gold, and there Bridget passes the test of recognition and of love and wins back the real Simon. Without being especially resonant or original, Greaves makes forthright use of a well-worn theme and her vigorous, uncluttered style breathes some new life into old magic and a familiar moral. Brisk and workmanlike.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1975
Page count: 595579pp
Publisher: Harper & Row