By Lynne Reid Banks
In the aftermath of the murderous savagery among rival Scottish lairds, Bruce MacLennan instructions the construction of a fortress with a dungeon lower than. in the course of its building, he travels to the far off after which virtually unknown land of China, the place he joins a troop of mercenary infantrymen -- all to distract him from his memories.
In a terrible teahouse, he encounters the kid Peony, and, on impulse, buys her to be his attendant. regardless of his harshness towards her, she serves him faithfully. After many adventures, they go back to Scotland, the place MacLennan's fortress -- and his deliberate revenge -- wait for him.
Within those darkish partitions, Peony unearths a brand new lifestyles and unforeseen happiness. For MacLennan the time has come to fill the dungeon with its destined prisoner. yet he doesn't dream of the negative coincidence -- person who won't lock away his outdated enemy -- however the Most worthy individual in his life.
Celebrated writer Lynne Reid Banks takes us again to the fourteenth century during this compelling epic of 1 lord's sour fight, his quest for vengeance, and the tragic awakening of his frozen heart.
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She needed to carry tightly to her identify in her reminiscence or she may have forgotten it – forgotten who she was once. ‘Wo shi mudan – i'm Peony,’ she stated solemnly again and again in her head like a mantra – a sacred, continuous prayer to the Buddha. To be snatched from her existence so unexpectedly was once a surprise. yet she have been mentioned to the certainty that as a girl-child, she was once destined to be a few man’s ownership. She hadn’t anticipated it to take place but – that used to be all. Nor, in fact, had she ever dreamed she may turn into the typical chattel of a overseas big, and be taken away right into a man’s global of roughness and warfare. It used to be very scary, and for the 1st hours, her brain used to be a clean, with the exception of the repetition of her identify. That evening, while the warriors have been of their billet, McLennan threw a few straw directly to the ground beside his personal pallet-bed and pointed to it. Peony, tired, lay down on it obediently, drawing her knees as much as her chest for heat. Her toes back stuck the Scotsman’s awareness. The ft appeared to come to some extent below her fabric footwear and the insteps have been excessive – they honestly did seem like pears. He beckoned to Kai-fung. ‘Why toes hence? ’ he requested stiltedly, utilizing the hot phrases. ‘They are sure. ’ ‘What’s that? ’ the opposite guy knelt down and took the child’s textile sneakers off. McLennan observed her cut back and wince. less than the footwear have been strips of soiled textile that wrapped every one foot. They have been tied very tight. McLennan scowled. ‘Who do that – her mom? ’ Kai-fung nodded. ‘But why? ’ With indicators and straightforward phrases, Kai-fung attempted to give an explanation for. The toes of a few ladies have been certain tight to maintain them small, to prevent their development. This made the women, after they grew up, superior to males. ultimately, McLennan understood, or quite, guessed. the girl within the teahouse, having many daughters, had sure the toes of the youngest within the desire that she will be worthy a excessive bride rate whilst she grew up. He stared down at this deformed creature he had paid a gold coin for and felt anger burn within him. He wouldn't enable himself to believe pity for her – or to consider whatever for her. She was once spoiled items. the mummy, who had stored her different daughters traditional and uncrippled in order that they may possibly paintings, had offered him person who used to be purely intended for adornment – who will be lame and reliable for not anything. ‘I don’t wish her! ’ he shouted unexpectedly. ‘You can’t take her again. ’ ‘She’s no sturdy like this! ’ ‘In many years you could marry her. ’ ‘What? WHAT? ’ roared McLennan in a fury. Kai-fung, seeing he had given offence, was once silent. ‘Take them off,’ McLennan stated. ‘Take these rags off her toes! might be they’ll develop in the event you unbind her! ’ He stated such a lot of it in English. Kai-fung shook his head, stood up and went again to his pallet. ‘Then i'm going to! ’ roared McLennan. He knelt down and began to unfasten the bandages. the kid curled up and started to utter sharp yelps of discomfort. McLennan missed this. He was once now not mild. He nearly tore off the bindings that had made his cut price so sour. but if he received the 1st foot freed from them, he stopped chilly, and his abdominal became over.