The Perilous Gard

The Perilous Gard

Book - 1974
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In 1558, while exiled by Queen Mary Tudor to a remote castle known as Perilous Gard, young Kate Sutton becomes involved in a series of mysterious events that lead her to an underground world peopled by Fairy Folk--whose customs are even older than the Druids' and include human sacrifice.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1974
ISBN: 9780618150731
Characteristics: 280 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Cuffari, Richard 1925-1978


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Aug 12, 2013

Kate Sutton is banished to a gloomy manor that seems to host a dark secret. Soon, she discovers a group of people who just might be the fair folk of the old legends she’s always rejected as a fairy tales. When she & her friend Christopher become their prisoner, she seeks to escape. Based on the old Tam Lin ballad. This is the twentieth time or so that I’ve read it. It’s one of the few books that stands reading again and again.

Sep 05, 2012

I thought this book was decently entertaining. I felt the plot could have been crafted a little more eloquently (the beginning was a little rough moving for me), but it was fun getting to know the characters. I would especially recommend this book to teens in middle school and/or high school.

Apr 16, 2010

A neglected and unknown gem, Mary Pope Osbourne only wrote two novels. And though the Sherwood ring is good, the Perilous Gard is better. Whether you like fairy tales, fantasy, romance, drama. This book's beautiful. Just, yeah. Read it. I can't even describe it to you until you have.

Jan 03, 2007

Kate Sutton, at the order of Queen Mary, has been sent to live in a lonely, remote castle called Perilous Gard. Upon arriving, she learns of the mysterious disappearance of a small girl that occurred a few months prior, and of the strange behavior of the castle's residents. Rumor has it that the child had been abducted by Fairies. Having little else to occupy her time, Kate makes a bold decision to try to solve the mystery herself. The story was a little dry, and the romantic element felt a little too pat at the end, but the story was otherwise charming.


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