Franny Billingsley's books owe their images and rhythms to the songs her father sang -- two songs every night, unless she chose a Scottish ballad with more than thirty verses. Then he'd sing only one song because he was faithful to every word and had four other kids, waiting. Now Franny sings to her own two kids, and she reminds herself of the great gift her father gave her whenever she's tempted to skip a verse.The Folk Keeper is her second book. Well Wished, her first, was an SLJ Best Book, one of Booklist's Top Ten First Novels for Youth, and an SLJ Sleeper: 100 Books Too Good to Miss. She lives in Chicago with her family and works as a children's bookseller.
Harry Crewe is a Homelander orphan girl, come to live in Damar from over the seas. She is drawn to the bleak landscape, so unlike the green hills of her Homeland. She wishes she might cross the sands and climb the dark mountains where no Homelander has ever set foot, where the last of the old Damarians, the Free Hillfolk, live.
Corlath is the golden-eyed king of the Free Hillfolk, son of the sons of the legendary Lady Aerin. When he arrives in Harry’s town to ally with the Homelanders against a common enemy, he never expects to set Harry’s destiny in motion: She will ride into battle as a King’s Rider, bearing the Blue Sword, the great mythical treasure, which no one has wielded since Lady Aerin herself.
Legends and myths, no matter how epic, no matter how magical, all begin somewhere.