At a banquet for the royal
court of Wisland, Wynnfrith, a 12-year old orphan whose father was advisor to
King Goodliwink, sits silently mourning his recent death. Now, in the care of
the wicked new advisor, Lord Ugsome, Wynnfrith perks up her ears when she hears
King Goodliwink announce the arrival of The Word Dancer. The Word Dancer is a
mysterious young who communicates by dance. Each time his dance is completed,
he conjures up a single but significant word.The recipient ofthe word needs
to use both head and heart to interpret its true meaning.
When he appears before the
court, the Word Dancer performs a wild dance then presents the king with one
cryptic word of warning. But no sooner is this word given than King Goodliwink
is overthrown in a coup by Lord Ugsome. In the terrifying mayhem, Wynnfrith
grabs the five-year old crown prince and escapes with him.
Wynnfrith has little confidence in herself
and is ashamed of her fearfulness.She
is a young girl fighting not only for her life but that of the child who is set
to be the next king. If she fails, the entire country will live and die
under the tyranny of Ugsome’s evil power.
On her flight, Wynnfrith uses her wits to
survive against all odds. At times, she encounters The Word Dancer who, through
a variety of secret methods, provides a word as guidance. She must be decipher
the hidden meaning of the word then rally her courage to carry out the task
before her—to save the crown prince.
trials she faces, Wynnfrith matures and gradually sheds her self-doubts to
become a true heroine. Will Wynnfrith’s growing courage allow her to succeed in what
appears to be an impossible feat: overthrow the evil Ugsome army and restore
King Goodliwink to the throne? If she does, she will gain not only a new
confidence, but a new family.
With imaginative fantasy, fresh dialogue and original verse, this
suspenseful tale is laced with humor, wit and wordplay for The Word Dancer
is, at heart, a celebration of the power and beauty of words.