The Kingdom of Little Wounds

The Kingdom of Little Wounds On the eve of Princess Sophia s wedding the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches Yet beneath the veneer of celebration a shiver of darknes

  • Title: The Kingdom of Little Wounds
  • Author: Susann Cokal
  • ISBN: 9780763669072
  • Page: 214
  • Format: ebook
  • On the eve of Princess Sophia s wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne s heirs, and a courtier s wolfish hunger for the king sOn the eve of Princess Sophia s wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne s heirs, and a courtier s wolfish hunger for the king s favors sets a devious plot in motion.Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.

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    1. The Kingdom of Little Wounds is about a seamstress, a nursemaid and a royal family haunted by illness. It is a, sometimes very, adult tale about secrets, sex and power.Confession: I picked this one out at the library for the cover.I saw it and thought, "This must be a young adult fantasy of some kind about a princess who works magic with needles." Sometimes it's nice to indulge in a pleasant escape from the world.So, this book is nothing like that.In the afterword, Susann Cokal describes her wor [...]

    2. Don't tell me this novel is not for young YA readers. Sure, there are things a young reader might not find appealing. It's a thick book. The language is beautiful and very much like something from a British Literature class, and the plot moves at a different pace then maybe some young readers are used to. Because of these things, a reader might put this novel back on the shelf of their library or bookstore, maybe with one final glance at the lovely cover. Maybe they wouldn't look back at all.But [...]

    3. This novel set in Renaissance Scandinavia is about many things -- friendship; guilt and absolution; the ways stories and their tellers influence lives for better and for worse; daily life in a royal city; disease and medicine and magic. But most of all it's about power. Who has it, who doesn't, and how it is used and, mostly, how it's abused. Susann Cokal's tale is the story of how three women, two of them young, find their paths out of powerlessness and helplessness. With so much recent debate [...]

    4. A fairy tale about syphilis. I am glad Printz committee brought attention to this book and this author (I will definitely read more of Cokal's work), but I pity the school librarian who would buy this book for her collection. Oh, the complaints that are sure to come! This novel is super gory, super explicit, in a super violent way. I am still not sure if some of it wasn't purely gratuitous. But it was nice to read something totally different. (And often unpleasant, irksome and eye brow-raising.) [...]

    5. I got a copy of this book to review through Netgalley(dot)com. I loved the beautiful cover and found the synopsis to be intriguing. I really disliked the first half of the book, but the second half was much more interesting and engaging.The author self-describes this book as a fairy tale about syphilis (which I wish I would have known before I decided to read it) and that is pretty much what it is. The story is set in the 1500’s and mainly follows two girls in their late teens, both are servan [...]

    6. I usually don't write comments, but I need to add an important caveat here - although I found this book fascinating, compelling, carefully researched, and very well written, IT IS NOT A YA BOOK. This novel is set in a Scandinavian kingdom in the 16th century, and the narrative alternates between the first person narrative of two young women who are roughly 16-17 years old, interspersed with third person narration. Most of the other principal characters in this novel are adults. I thought of the [...]

    7. Fair warning: Do not read this book while eating. Before praising the story, I feel obligated to warn readers of two things. One, this is absolutely not a young adult book and would be vastly inappropriate for a child or teen. I'm generally pretty liberal about what kids can handle, but this one crosses a line. And two, this book is, quite simply, gross, gratuitously and at times unnecessarily so. Read it and you will be an expert, whether you like it or not, on exactly (and in gruesome detail) [...]

    8. I am divided on this book. It is very well written, and it is an interesting story. The problem I have, is that I'm not sure I would classify this as a young adult story. There are definitely some factors in this book relatively early on that don't exactly match what I expect to find in literature intended for a younger audience. This being said, the writing in this book is incredible. The story unfolds nicely and is written using beautiful, eloquent language. The story is unique and multidimens [...]

    9. TheKingdomofLittleWounds is not for the faint of heart. The subject matter is beautifully, albeit grotesquely, told and contains many scenes I was shocked to read, including but not limited to anal rape. But this book is more than a sum of explicit scenes. It is a wonderful character study that sheds light on what life might have been like for those individuals who lived in the mid to late 1500s. If you a fan of history, enjoy reading historical fiction, and are not repulsed by dark content, you [...]

    10. Actual rating: 4.5. Wow. I could not put this book down. It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Horrible, gruesome, utterly awful. But riveting. The writing and story were superb and original and realistic and informative. This was historical fiction at its best: real, smelly, greasy, dirty, bloody, painful, violent. Unromantic in every way, shape and form. It did not sugar coat or pretty up the awfulness of life (whether rich or poor) in the 15th and 16th centuries. I do not know if [...]

    11. This is not a bad book. It really isn't. It IS odd, however, that this book should be marketed as YA when its themes and motifs of body modification, political and sexual manipulation, and ownership of the body are so, so mature. The casualness with which this book throws about scenes of rape and sexual fantasies and objectification baffles even me.

    12. rewind a few hours back. i'm sleeping inside my school bag, the buzz of teachers and students like an insistent and deplorable bee, i'm cocooned wearing a hat so cozy from my own heat like hot chocolate for freezing feet like song heard and learnt and again.fast forward a few seconds. someone pulls off my hat, bag is torn away. it is entirely unbearableat is a situation akin mine when i started the first part after the itty-bitty fairy tale. that is a situation akin to ava's, given hers is far m [...]

    13. I normally wouldn't mark this as read but I needed to be done with this book and let all of you know how disgusting and unnecessary this book is. I am not generally a sensitive person when it comes to violence, honest. But in 60 pages this author managed to cram plague, death, rape, miscarriage, and slut shaming and honestly it served not much purpose besides trying to further a story whose plot has still yet to reveal itself. I would not recommend this book to anyone for any reason.Which totall [...]

    14. Cokal, Susann. The Kingdom of Little Wounds.This book received a place on Publisher's Weekly's 2013 top ten list for books for young adults. I can't imagine what the editors at PW were thinking when they rated this book on that list. The Kingdom of Little Wounds is a story that follows two servants in a royal household in northern Europe. Touted by the author as a "fairy tale about syphilis," the story details the lives of the royal family as they struggle to survive in spite of having an STD, a [...]

    15. Okay - what to say about this book. I'll make a list.1. This is NOT YA.2. The premise is strange, but fresh.3. I never thought I would enjoy a book about syphilis4. I really want to read the other reviews of this book. I made myself wait until I was done so my thoughts would not be influenced.5. This is not YA.6. I loved to hate Count Bullen.7. I loved Queen Isabel for her craziness.8. I loved the happy ending.Yes, a fairy tale about syphilis, with a lot of facts thrown in. By the way, did I men [...]

    16. They say you should never judge a book by the cover, and yet the cover is often what pulls my attention towards new authors. Such is the case with The Kingdom of Little Wounds. I saw it sitting on the bookshelf, and thought it looked like a wonderful read. The cover instantly filled my mind with notions of what kind of book it could be, without giving me anything specific. Thus, I flipped it over. The information on the back, however, didn’t fill in all that many blanks. It gave me something, [...]

    17. Kingdom of Little Wounds is a lush, dense novel of historical fiction. I was sucked in by the author’s writing – in a word, beautiful (yet not overwrought). The time period (1500s) and the setting (Scandinavia) added to my interest. Normally, I don’t get too excited by “palace intrigue” novels, but this one had me, hook, line, and sinker. There was never a point where the action lagged. And I found the ending (it’s a long book) to be most satisfying. A wonderful novel about the power [...]

    18. This book has it all: plague ridden princesses, embroidery, random sludge filled holes in the ground, roast dolphin, strange stars/comets in the sky. Overall, one of my favorite reads for fall, The Kingdom of Little Wounds is a beautiful dark fairy tale. Comprised of little vignette style chapters focusing on various characters (the aging queen, the wronged seamstress, the devious count), that are almost stand alone little short stories in their own right. Cokal's prose weaves an amazing tableau [...]

    19. "I am part of history, whether anyone knows it or not," proclaims Ava, one of the two teenaged female protagonists of this tale set in medieval Scandinavia. The Kingdom of Little Wounds is not for the faint of heart. It's disturbing, but gorgeously written, honest, and completely captivating. For older teens and adults.

    20. I want to give this book twenty five of five stars! Five of five just doesn't do justice. Setting the stage: It's 1572 in Scandinavia in the royal courts of King Christian V on the eve of his eldest daughter's wedding. (Aren't you already excited? It's a fairy tale with princesses.) However, poor Princess Sophia is unwell. You see, her mother has The Italian Fire and has had it since before Sophia's birth, so Sophia also suffers from it, and perishes on the night she is to be wed. Here in the co [...]

    21. DNF @ 22%objectively, i know this is a well-written book, but lord above is it mind-numbingly boring. and there's only a limited number of times i'm willing to read about wounds weeping pus, a guy with jewels sewn into his cock, and rape (that last one i'm never willing to read about but i will let it go if it doesn't seem to be bordering on gratuitous. i got it the first time that he's forcing her to give him sex so she can keep her job. i don't need any more graphic descriptions from now on.). [...]

    22. So 51 pages into this book I've been treated to two girls having horrifying first time sexual experiences. (Well, one may be dying before it gets to the actual sexual part, but there is a lot of uncomfortable there still.) The third girl's first sexual experience was fine and dandy, but then I got to read all about her bloody miscarriage that took weeks to recover from. I'm just going to call book-not-for-me and stop there.

    23. This book deserves much better than the ratings it's received so far. As a historical novel about corruption and disease in Renaissance Scandinavia, it's compelling, full of plot twists and complex female characters who struggle with adversity and reveal just how strong they truly are. The relationships between the female protagonists turn out to be the most significant aspects of the story, which is fantastic to see, and the second half of the novel is worth waiting for just to experience how w [...]

    24. The author describes this as "a fairy tale about syphilis," which is true as far as it goes, but it's also a story about three women and how/where they each eventually come into their strength and power. The author has clearly done a lot of research into 16rh century Scandinavia, particularly disease and medicine (if graphic descriptions of oozing sores or medieval gynecology bother you, you'll probably want to skip certain scenes) and it shows in the occasionally stomach-turning vividness of he [...]

    25. I've never read anything quite like this. Imaginative, engaging, strange, gruesome, beautifully writtenl my favorite qualities!This most certainly IS a young adult book. Now, while I don't believe most teenagers would find it interesting, I do believe it is appropriate for them. People are too afraid of educating teens about STIs and safe sex. Teens know sex exists, some of them are even having it, they may as well know how easy it can be to get pregnant or contract unwanted pox. Also, this book [...]

    26. This is listed as a children's book(YA). PLEASE do not get this for your child thinking it is going to be a beautiful fairy tale. I looked at that gorgeous cover and thought exactly that. I'm still furious, just to be honest, that this is labeled as YA. It's dark and very much an adult book, in my opinion. I only got to about 4% before I realized fully that it wasn't for me. I scrolled through a little more(around 11% or so), and saw that it definitely wasn't. There's talk of STDs and a girl get [...]

    27. Holy smokes. This book is HARD. Like, I haven't said that since school, but it just felt that way. Like, this assignment was hard. It was worthwhile, but it was also really hard, and I didn't always feel smart enough or a good enough reader to catch everything. But it's also really fascinating and has lots of women doing things that are both historically accurate AND feminist, which is apparently really hard for authors to do, given how much anachronistic feminism is in most historical fiction.A [...]

    28. Let me start by sayingI didn't finish this book. The writing was fine. Very descriptive and scholarly and blah blah blah. Just because a book happens to have teen characters does not necessarily make it a teen book. It also doesn't make it a book that would even remotely appeal to teens, or adults who like teen fiction, or anyone who enjoys happiness or joy or love or a fun compelling story. This happens to be exactly what I don't like in a book. I read to take myself away from all of the hardsh [...]

    29. Reasons for the DNF:I could have dealt with the weirdness of the self-mutilation but what I couldn't really deal with was that none of the characters were likeable. I didn't want to align myself with any of them and while I read Vanity Fair by Thackeray, that was obliged reading and I'm not going to repeat that experience. So while the writing was beautiful, I'll just have to wait and see what else the author comes out with.

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