This king's shadow is a book written by Elizabeth Alder.
It is set in the time of the battle of Hastings, and it is appropriate for all ages.
It's a great book.
Evyn, a young Welsh serf, has dreamed all his life of becoming
a storyteller. Blessed with a beautiful voice, he loves holding
an audience captive with his words, reciting verses that
have been passed down from generation to generation.
But in a cruel twist of fate, Evyn
and his father suffer a brutal attack
by a group of murderous ruffians.
Evyn's tongue is cut off, and his
father is killed. Because his is
orphaned and unable to speak, most assume Evyn is
destined to a life of slavery. But Evyn is resilient and
teaches himself to read and write.
Having mastered these skills, he is
appointed the personal companion
to Earl Harold of Wessex, who later
becomes the King of England.
The two travel the countryside together, forming a close father-son bond.
Evyn chronicles all their exiting journeys, which culminate at the Battle of Hastings,
where the future of the country is decided.
Hope you all enjoy.