Tale of Elske

Tale of Elske

by Cynthia Voigt, Jan Vermeer

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Overview

She never knew she had a self. From the time she was a child, she was prepared to sacrifice her life when the Volkking summoned her. She never knew she had a heart, until she set out on a journey north to live among strangers. She never knew she had a choice, until she chose to trust the princess she was told to serve. And she never knew her own value, until she met the man who understood her strength, and who could taste the honey in her name: Elske.
But the princess Beriel had always known who she was and what she was worth. She had always had a heart, and a stubborn one. She had always made her own choices, even when they were forced upon her. What Beriel did not have was the one thing she valued above all else, and that was the throne to her kingdom.
With immense power and compassion, Cynthia Voigt, Newbery Medalist, depicts the parallel quests of two extraordinary young women. As Elske seeks to find her true self and Beriel battles to reclaim what is rightfully hers, both discover the value, and the price, of reaching the journey's end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481445702
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Series: Tales of the Kingdom Series , #4
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, and the National Book Award Honor for Homecoming, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.

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Elske 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
pokylittlepuppy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first read this in 2003, after learning it was a conclusion to one of my favorite series as a teenager. The genre is fantasy only in the made-up medieval "Kingdom" setting; think wooded journeys and Robin Hood figures, and that's what I loved it for. I reread this now because I wanted to give it as a gift to Amy, and I was curious to revisit its themes. The first time, I was stunned by it being one of the most overtly feminist novels I'd ever read -- and for teenagers.It is, producing not one but two girl characters written in a shamelessly feminist way, in a story whose purpose is to explore the influence of gender customs on societies and have them surpassed. It compares a few extremes and degrees, and how independently thinking girls are challenged in all unless they shape change. The characters speak plainly about rape in many contexts. In the accepted gender dialogue, simply sharing these ideas without softening them is radical itself.I mean, mostly it's an adventure story for Elske, who has to escape her explicitly barbaric society first for one that is happier but just as explicitly conservative. I know these two examples are key to the author's ideas, but I find the story gets extremely better once Elske finally meets Beriel, and the two girls get to interact. Beriel's secret is amazing, and both girls eventually get to lead heroic retribution at the climax.In particular, I like how Elske breaks the mold with everyone she meets, but in a way that is often unwelcome or dangerous. She ends up earning respect for her unique stature, but she does not ever change anyone's mind. She's not a "magical woman" character, the upbeat type that heals everyone with her unconventional impulses and charm. (It works perfectly for Mary Poppins, but is pretty tired by now.) Elske is serious and practical within a variety of rigid groups, each of which would restrict her if she didn't prefer to act as an individual. It's not easy to be that person.I would give this book to every teen reader. Even in the few places it lags as a novel, its effortless portrayal of girls who will not sacrifice themselves is the most valuable moral for any story.
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Yes I agree the begining was a little gross but it had a nice ending and I enjoyed it. The plot was a little puzzling at first but if you read on it will soon become clear. I dont know if I would read it again but was still enjoyable
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book an interesting read. I'm addicted to all genres of heroine books. Women have the ability to express a kind of strength that men will never have. That isn't to say I'm opposed to love stories, as you might find here, and this one is a favourite of mine. I did not previously know that there were more Novels of the Kingdom, and am excited to read them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I couldn't even finish this book. I was just so confused. The plot made little sense and I just didn't get it. And the beginning was completely barbaric. The book was so random, and instead of being interested or drawn to the book, I was merely puzzled.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading Voigt's Novels of the Kingdom, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed when I read this one. Voigt could have put a lot more interesting things in there and also taken a lot of boring stuff out to improve it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was. . . interesting. It was probably my least favorite out of the Novels of the Kingdom. Voigt could have left some things out to make it more enjoyable. Overall it was a pretty good story though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a book that can gives you the strength and courage to live life. It will lead you to believe that a girl can be much more than 'just a girl'
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the first book i ever borrowed from a library because it caught my eye (before this book i bought everything i read). The book enthralled to the point i could never put it down going on for hours off end reading. If you are looking for a book of heroism then this is for you. Elske's bravery and stubborness can be related to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thrilling and intriging this book will keep you glued to the pages to read nonstop
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very good and well written book, one you can read over and over. It's one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I had expected allot more from this book. It's certainly thrilling at times, but it's underlying grotesqueness left me unable to really enjoy the characters. The only book in this series that I really enjoyed was On Fortune's Wheel. Elske seems to mirror the dak side portrayed in On the Wings of a Falcon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has become one of my favorites. I've read it multiple times and would recommend it to anyone! I have to admit, I judge books by their covers and this one grabbed me. Ms. Voigt has definate talent. Her characters- Elske, Beriel, Dugald, and all the others- were believable and wonderfully written out. The ending was good but since the last 2 pages were an epilouge I was dissapointed because she could have used that to make the book longer or for a sequel. I loved this story! The main characters are strong, interesting, and do not disappoint!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it was so believable. Voigt really outdid herself with Elske. A truely magnificent adventure story, Elske is a must-read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding! After the first couple of chapters I was completely enthralled in the intriguing tale of Elske's life. The story was expertly crafted, the dialog seemed natural, and the characters were all well developed. I really enjoyed it! And since it was the first book I've ever read by Voigt, it's safe to say that it definitely wasn't my last.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW this book is about a girl that has an unexplainable personality,She is strong willed and a good person. If you like a mix of exciting history and a real time passer i recomend this book to any age!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was the best book I've read in a long time. I thought the ending was kind of boring though also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, to a certain extent. I thought that it brought The Kingdom series to too abrupt of an end. The character movement advances too swiftly for you to be sure what events lead up to the change in Elske's heart. I also found the epilogue at the end a disappointment; however, I thought that the relationships between the characters were as superb as in any other Voigt book. A must read for any Jackaroo lover but not up to Voigt¿s usual standards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a Really good book. It's filled with adventure, suspense, history, mythology, and a name of a girl that you can not pronounce.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was a wonderful story. It had just the right amount of truth in it to make is seem real. I loved how Elske didn't act like the usual 'damsle in distress' that we see so common today. I was glad when everything worked out with a believable somewhat happy ending. Thanx for listening!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With a heroine who thinks for herself, speaks for herself, and knows how to take care of herself, Elske is a welcome addition to any library or bookshelf. Give this to any teen, female or male, and share the wonder of Cynthia Voigt.