The Wicked and the Just

Coats, J. Anderson

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Wicked and the Just
In medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the "vicious" Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress.

Published: Boston : Harcourt, 2012.
ISBN: 0547688377
Branch Call Number: YA COA
Characteristics: 344 p. ;,22 cm.


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Mar 06, 2015
  • foxylady31 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not my favorite book by far but it a good historical novel depicting so well the evilness of the early English and life in a class based society.. makes me wonder what the British had that made them feel like they were above Everyone else in the world...

Dec 23, 2013

A beautifully written , sometimes laugh out loud funny, sometimes cry-your-eyes-out sad expose of human nature at its darkest- and brightest, and how a little love, unselfishness and kindness and being willing to look beyond appearances can shine through the gloom and show you the way. A mixture of Catherine Called Birdy with a touch of To Kill A Mockingbird. Four out of four stars.
Warning: Keep lots of tissues handy.
Not for the squeamish. Doesn't shrink from detailing the good, the bad and the ugly- and sometimes downright gross, realities of life in the middle ages. Worth a read.

Jul 29, 2013
  • amodolo rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I felt that this story was a little disconnected. I liked that it was told from both Cecily's and Gwen's voices (and the author did a great job of making each voice unique). But I felt confused throughout a lot of the story. The ending definitely made up for things, and that's where all the action is. Though I felt that everything was left unfinished and that there is more to the story.

Jul 03, 2012
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Well. This one's lovely for its historical significance and accuracy, but wow. Cecily is such a stuck-up beyotch, even though we knew she was going to be -- how could she be so cruel? *coddles Gruffydd* And then the novel's end (and by "the novel's end" I mean the last page) was oddly abrupt. It makes me wonder if the unfinishedness is on purpose or not.

Jun 16, 2012
  • aplumpe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great historical novel about growing up in a class based society. Told from two points of view - the priviledged and the not so priviledged. Also shows the evilness of the British Empire at its worst. This book would make a modern girl really appreciate what she has in todays society - regardless of class.


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