Aggie's life in the village with her aunt is as normal as can be.
She has never questioned the rule of the Ministration, or the power of the divine beings - the birds.
Then she is sent for by the Master of Murkmere, the great house nearby, who wishes her to be companion to his ward, Leah.
Needing the money, Aggie reluctantly leaves her aunt and enters a new life.
But all is not well up at the house. The Master is crippled and unhappy, trapped in a wheelchair, hemmed in with bars, for others' safety, as well as his own.
Life is ruled by the steward, Silas, who fascinates and repels Aggie in equal measure. And Leah - the strangest of them all - challenges everything Aggie has ever been taught.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 13/05/2004
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780340877906
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Review by wyvernfriend
In a world where birds are worshiped and feared, stories of Avia, half-human half-bird people are considered wrong and blasphemous. When Aggie is brought into Murkmere to be the companion of Leah all that she considers normal is put on it's head. Interesting but lacks something. The ending felt very rushed.
Review by sara_k
Murkmere by Patricia Elliot - interesting but slow in parts. Aggie is a peasant with a secret, she can read. She is sent as a companion to the Manor House where she meets people with darker and more dangerous secrets. Can she make it through alive? Can she separate the good people from the evil people? Yeah, well, you already know the answer but the story gets you to that answer along a path that seems familiar but twists nicely.