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280 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1974
"You know the old proverb that there's no sense meddling in what you can't mend? - Didn't your father ever say that to you?"So Kate, of course, decides to dig into the mystery, and after some initial resistance, Christopher takes her into his confidence. Gradually Christopher and Kate begin to piece the clues together and realize (we're getting into spoilerish territory here now) It's up to Kate to use her wits to try to save both Christopher and herself.
Kate nodded a little doubtfully. "Well," she began, "he -"
"Then you take his advice if you won't take mine. He has the name of being a wise man, your father."
The corner of Kate's mouth quivered very slightly. She had often heard her father quote that proverb; he said it was invented by fools to save them the trouble of thinking.
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.
—whose customs include human sacrifice.
"How can you tell what I meant to do? How can I? How can anyone? I think the damned souls in hell must spend half their time wondering what it was that they really meant to do."
"If you think the damned in hell spend their time doing that, then you can't know very much about the damned in hell," Kate retorted furiously. "I am utterly at squares with this childish dealing. Why in the name of heaven don't you go down to the village and make a proper confession to the priest and let him tell you what penance you ought to be laying on yourself? You aren't one of the damned in hell. We're all of us under the Mercy."