Queen of the Sea
When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her kingdom, where the nuns of the convent spend their days peacefully praying, sewing, and gardening. But the island is also home to Margaret, a mysterious young orphan girl whose life is upturned when the cold, regal stranger arrives. As Margaret grows closer to Eleanor, she grapples with the revelation of the island’s sinister true purpose as well as the truth of her own past. When Eleanor’s life is threatened, Margaret is faced with a perilous choice between helping Eleanor and protecting herself. In a hybrid novel of fictionalized history, Dylan Meconis paints Margaret’s world in soft greens, grays, and reds, transporting readers to a quiet, windswept island at the heart of a treasonous royal plot.
What worked: I really loved this hybrid novel. From the start readers are sweep away to the small island convert and a young girl who loves being there. There’s also lots of facts about the time period, the many different saints, and the order of Saint Elysia. Plus, how the nuns and Margaret spend their time on the island is fascinating and intriguing. Add to all of this the royal court intrigue and hints of a forbidden romance.
The illustrations lend to the time and emotions of the story line. I did wish that more was revealed on what happened to her young friend William and the fate of Queen Eleanor at the end. It almost felt as if there might be another novel?
The final copy will be illustrated in color, which will add to the colorful majesty of this highly engaging novel. Beautifully crafted hybrid novel that is loosely based on Queen Elizabeth 1’s childhood.