Marly Youmans

Synopsis of Ingledove

After rowing across the waters that cover what was once theirhome, a valley intentionally flooded during World War II,Ingledove and her older brother, Lang, visit their mother'sremotely situated grave, where they find a mysteriousinscription on her headstone: "A daughter of Adantis." Vaguelyremembering hearing of Adantis when they were younger, thetwo siblings find themselves unwittingly entering into it, amagical place hidden deep in the Great Smoky Mountains. Butthey seem predestined to encounter something terrible as theycontinue what Lang thinks is just a good camping trip. Astrange music hangs in the air, and eventually Lang isentranced by its source - at first sight, a beautiful woman. Infact, she is part serpent, an ancient creature of evil who is outto drain the life from Lang. Only with the help of a man calledthe Master of Witchmasters and only by venturing intoenchanted tunnels will Ingledove be able to save her brotherfrom death.

Mining the rich legends of the Cherokee Indians, MarlyYoumans has crafted a decidedly American fantasy written inbreathtaking prose.

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Reviews of Ingledove


...pleasantly dream like... -- Daniel Eskridge,

INGLEDOVE is a marvelous Book. -- Diana Wynne Jones

Besides the richly imagined setting and history, this fantasy offers a sympathetic heroine involved in an exciting adventure. -- Carolyn Phelan, Booklist

Youmans' wordcraft is both subtle and expressive ... Characterization is convincing...especially well drawn are the lonely Jarrett and Ingledove herself ... Deft writing and the unusual yet down-home setting make this an engaging historical fantasy. -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Fascinating. -- Kirkus Reviews

Ingledove is an unusual, lyrically written mix of fantasy and horror, enriched by familial love and the possibility of romance. -- Hilary Williamson, Bookloons

In Youmans' capable hands, the story progresses and Ingledove grows with each challenge she meets. It's a character-drive tale with a strong plot filled with danger and threats but also with great beauty. Ingledove is a Book that will delight and enthrall both young adults and adults who are young at heart. -- Greg Langley

This is a Book of magical beauty, as captivating and dangerous as the magic of Adantis. -- Sarah Meador, curled up with a good kid's Book