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Absolutely amazing mythological fantasy. To tell the plot would be to tell too much, but it is a retelling of the myth of Creithylad (Cordelia), aka the story of the Summer King and the Winter King, a very ancient dramatic enactment of the cycle of the seasons. I will mention one highlight: a very creepy possession-by-a-ghost!
I don't like that when you hover over three stars on Goodreads it says "liked it". I didn't like this book, but there was nothing glaringly wrong with it. I just didn't like parts of the narrative.For some reason, the whole "Cerilla has to marry a man, consummate the marriage, and then watch him be ritually sacrificed" plot appealed to me. That part was fine - as expected, Cerilla and Arlen escape and make their way to a new life...but then things happen that make their new life less-than-happy,...
For some reason, I became obsessed with this book. Looking back on it, I don't know why. There seems to have been a lot of needless suffering and misunderstanding...hm, maybe my adolescent self could relate.
I didn't finish this, but it's not really fair to call it a two star book. During my Arthurian phase, I would have liked it, although I think the possessed baby might have still freaked me out.
This was the first book that I ever read by Nancy Springer - got me totally hooked on her writing.