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Quest for a Maid
Frances Mary Hendry
Sunburst Books (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), 273 pages

Quest for a Maid
Frances Mary Hendry
Frances Mary Hendry's work has proven to be a delight to most people who have managed to get their hands on some of her books.

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A review by Margo MacDonald

From the beautiful artwork on the cover through to the glossary on the last pages, this is simply a wonderful book. Aimed at young adult readers, the story is as well-written and compelling as many adult fantasy books I have read.

Inspired by historical fact, this is a fictional account of a young Scottish girl who gets caught up in the events following the death of King Alexander III. The most striking thing about the story is the heroine who is so full of spirit. Though young, she takes matters into her own hands rather than just letting things happen to and around her. This doesn't mean that she always makes the right choices, but even this makes her someone that you enjoy spending time with.

The writing is clear and evocative. The story moves along at a good pace and the plot keeps you on your toes. Though mostly straight fiction, there is a thread of real magic that binds the plot together which gives the book its fantastical side. A truly enjoyable read.

Copyright © 1997 by Margo MacDonald

Margo has always been drawn toward fantasy and, at the age of 5, decided to fill her life with it by pursuing a career as a professional actress. Aside from theatre (and her husband), Margo's passion has been for books. Her interests are diverse and eclectic, but the bulk fall within the realm of speculative fiction. She tells us that her backlog has reached 200 books and she's ready to win the lottery and retire.

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