The story is built around two alternate worlds, both are in civil wars. In the real world, England, Coriander Hobie is born. She is the main character in the story and the plot revolves around her, in a struggle against Queen Rosmore of the fairy world to keep her mother’s fairy shadow from her in the hope of saving her true love from certain death. She has to deal with the death of her mother, and the rule of a preacher and a stepmother who is not at all kind like her mother. Main Characters
Coriander Hobie: A girl who had only known happiness before the tragic death of her mother, and the warrant for the arrest of her father was issued. Coriander is the main character of the story; she starts off as a child who lived in a carefree world until a pair of silver shoes were left on her doorstep. This is when her world starts to turn upside down shortly after she goes out of her way and takes the shoes without her parents’ permission; her mother dies tragically in front of her eyes. Her father married a Puritan in the hope of avoiding bankruptcy. Coriander has all the qualities that you would expect from the main protagonist; she is brave, honest, and resilient. Eleanor Hobie: The mother of Coriander, she and her stepmother Queen Rosmore are the main causes of the plot, as she possesses a great power which Rosmore desires and will even kill her for. She is much like her daughter, brave, clever and unselfish. Thomas Hobie: The father of Coriander, he
Mary Danes: She is the maid of Eleanor and Thomas Hobie before the tragic incidents, she acts as the main source of support for Coriander when Arise Fell and Maud Leggs abuse her. She and Coriander have a very close relationship comparable to that of Coriander and her own mother. Queen Rosmore: She is the main antagonist in the story; her struggle for her stepdaughter’s fairy shadow is the plot of the story. She is portrayed as very greedy for power and strict. She rules the fairy kingdom through fear. Arise Fell: He and Maud Leggs are the antagonists in the real world, he is a preacher who is very hypocritical; saying that he is a godly man and that all shall obey the word of god, yet he is very greedy for money and power and uses deception to get money and power, which is sinful. Maud Leggs: She claims to be a good godly woman, but just like Arise Fell she is very hypocritical, also being very greedy for money and power. Hester Leggs: She is the daughter of Maud Leggs and she could not be anything more unlike her mother, she is kind, resilient and unselfish, often risking a good beating from her mother to help Coriander out when she is left to starve. Tycho: He comes from the fairy world and is the love interest of Coriander. He is one of the reasons for Coriander wanting to keep the shadow from Rosmore; if Rosmore gets the shadow then Tycho will surely be killed. Master Thankless: He takes in Coriander and Hester after his apprentice Gabriel finds out how they are being treated by Maud Leggs and Arise Fell. He is very caring of others treating Coriander, Hester and Gabriel as if they were his own children. Gabriel: He is the apprentice to Master Thankless and through his efforts Coriander and Hester are saved from the so called ‘Godly house’ run by Arise Fell and Maud Leggs. He is revealed to have feelings for Hester and later marries her. Medlar: He serves as an introduction to the fairy world for Coriander, it is revealed that he is the one that gets Eleanor and Thomas to fall in love with eachover.
Information on the historical period it is set in
The story is set during The English Civil Wars (1642-1651) they were a series of armed conflicts and political machinations between the Parliamentarians and the Royalists. The first (1642–1646) and second (1648–1649) civil wars pitted the supporters of King Charles I against the supporters of the Long Parliament, while the third war (1649–1651) saw fighting between supporters of King Charles II and...