When six American children are sent to England to escape a plague they find themselves plunged in the middle of a fairy war.
Rowan, Meg, Silly and James Morgan are sent to the home of a distant relative in rural England. They are joined by their brilliant, bashful friend Dickie Rhys, and the despised Finn Fachan.
First they scoff at the country traditions – never give your real name to strangers, don’t step on the ants – but soon realize those silly superstitions are deadly serious. They help protect people from fairy influence. Their great-great aunt Phyllida Ash is the Guardian of the Green Hill, the last bastion of fairies in England.
Rowan, the eldest, is chosen to be one of the champions in the Midsummer War. His options are grim: kill his opponent, a beloved friend, or die himself as sacrifice. His sister Meg thinks she sees a way out, but will she risk her life and the fate of the earth itself to change a ritual that has gone on for thousands of years?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura L. Sullivan was born and lived most of her life in Florida. She moved to Kentucky a couple of years ago so she could raise her son in the mountains. She has a BA in English from Cornell University. She once assumed she would be an English professor, but soon realized she can’t stand to deconstruct and analyze books she loves.
Laura has been a social worker, biologist, newspaper editor and most recently a deputy sheriff. Above all, she is a dilettante.
Her favorite authors are E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis (his fiction anyway) L.M. Montgomery, Trollope, Dickens, George MacDonald Fraser (who used to be her favorite living author, but since he recently died she’s holding auditions), E.F. Benson, P.G. Wodehouse, Saki, Richard Adams, Douglas Adams, Edith Wharton, Mary Web, Austen, Tom Wolfe and Angela Thirkell.