Ingledove by Marly Youmans (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2005)ISBN: 0374335990 
                         Praise from DIANA WYNNE JONES:
     INGLEDOVE is a marvelous book.  I loved it and thought it was even better
 than Marly Youmans's first book about the magic land of Adantis, The Curse of
 the Raven Mocker, where the inhabitants and their magic are half Cherokee, half
 Border Celtic.  I loved the way the Hidden Land materializes around you as you
 read as naturally as breathing.  And the magic seems to arise almost as
 naturally--though it can be as sudden and cruel as a snakebite--and all of it is
 always breathtakingly wonderful.  Then, instead of leaving you simply gasping 
 at her marvels, Marly Youmans has the courage and the good sense to point out
 that experiences of this order cause people to change. I really admired this
 book.                                           

 

Best YA fiction of 2005,

The Baton Rouge Advocate

         
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In this exceptional novel Youmans skillfully mixes Celtic, Appalachian and Cherokee mythology and language to create Adantis, a fantastic world, half hidden in nature. Abandoned by their father and orphaned at their mother's death, Ingledove and her brother Lang know Adantis only as a fairy tale world from their mother's stories. Yet when Ingledove’s brother Lang is haunted by a beautiful serpent demon, the children must make the perilous journey to Adantis to free Lang from his deadly enchantment. There Ingledove discovers her mother’s legacy, the powerful beauty of Adantis, and her own inner strength. Youmans’ characters are compelling; the dialogue is unique, rich with invented vocabulary. Her prose, lush and evocative as fireflies, seems to lift from the pages. A simply beautiful novel.

Midori Snyder, Featured Fiction Spring/Summer 2005, at The Endicott Studio

 

What follows is a wonderful fantasy tale that can only be compared to J.R.R. Tolkien's work. In fact there is a wizard -- the Witchmaster --who leads a quest into a cave under a mountain and there is a monster stalking the heroes as well as little people and fairies. Don't assume, however, that because of the plot similarities to The Hobbit and Tolkien's other works that Youman's book is derivative in either plot or setting. This is very much an Appalachian book, and Youmans' poetic writing style is certainly her own.
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In Youmans' capable hands, the story progresses and Ingledove grows with each challenge she meets. It's a character-drive tale with a strong plot filled with danger and threats but also with great beauty. Ingledove is a book that will delight and enthrall both young adults and adults who are young at heart.   Greg Langley, Books Editor,  “YA titles include very good books,” The Baton Rouge Advocate, 5 June 2005

 

 Finally they must fight for Lang, their own lives and for Adantis, 'the soul of the planet, where all that once seemed a dark or a shining mystery has survived and flourished.' Ingledove is an unusual, lyrically written mix of fantasy and horror, enriched by familial love and the possibility of romance.  Bookloons, 16 May 2005

 

         Clips from the very first extended review of Ingledove:  In “Ingledove” she has created an Appalachian world as rich in nomenclature as J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. . . . And even more poetically written. . . . Youmans’ description of fungi and fireflies in a luminescent garden is some of the most beautiful prose I’ve run across in awhile. . . . Their journey is both arduous and exciting, and I can imagine my 14-year-old granddaughter reading this, saying “I can’t put this book down. I can’t stop reading.” . . . What an adventure of a book. What a fantastic read. Youmans is the author of several adult novels and most recently “The Curse of the Raven Mocker,” with the same Western North Carolina setting as “Ingledove.” Youmans grew up in Cullowhee, and in her young adult series she’s writing from her roots.  Ruth Moose, “Youmans Weaves a Fantasy,” in The Pilot, the newspaper of Southern Pines, Pinehurst, and the Sandhills region of North Carolina, 1 April 2005

 

Besides the richly imagined setting and history, this fantasy offers a sympathetic heroine involved in an exciting adventure. Booklist, May 2005

 

Youmans' wordcraft is both subtle and expressive ... Characterization is convincing—especially well drawn are the lonely Jarrett and Ingledove herself … Deft writing and the unusual yet down-home setting make this an engaging historical fantasy.  The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 5 April 2005

 

Curse of the Raven Mocker (2003) felt as fresh as a mountain breeze. . . Ingledove, her latest, is even better… even adults fantasy fans should find it enthralling, especially if they’re fans of Sharyn McCrumb.  Ben Steelman, Books Editor, The Wilmington Star-News 8 May 2005

 

I liked this book a great deal…  I heartily recommend it.   Galacticum.com  July 2005

 

The intricate and unorthodox mythos is fascinating…  Kirkus Reviews 15 April 2005

 

 

                                         

 

 

               Ingledove

 

The mysterious Danagasta had been the one to suggest a

journey across the Drowned Lands to visit their

mother's grave, deep in the mountains. But when

Ingledove and her older brother, Lang, reach the

remote cemetery, they find that a curious inscription

has been added to their mother’s headstone: "A

daughter of Adantis."

 

 

The Witchmaster, Lang, and Ingledove at the Drowned Lands…

 

Lured by song, Lang proposes that they go deeper into

the mountains. The two siblings cross the border into

the hidden kingdom of Adantis, where the ways of the

Cherokee and the settlers from the Old World have

fused to make a wild new world. The strange music

drifts before them like a dream of promise.

 

In the tunnels of the Little People, deep in Adantis…

 

Yet the bewitching fairy beauty of the singer draws

Lang to a place of death, where he is nearly destroyed

by her ancient evil. To save her brother, Ingledove

must search for the man known to Adantans as the

Master of Witchmasters. Hoping to restore Lang and

repel their dangerous foe, the siblings and the

Witchmaster brave the warnings of the Little People

and penetrate the tunnels under the mountains which

lead to the founts of the Uktena. And Ingledove, in

rising to meet the perils of the quest, begins to

understand what it means to be ‘A Daughter of

Adantis.’

 

Malia

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