I was fourteen when I discovered The Perilous Gard. A parent who carpooled me to school was listening to it on tape. I was immediately fascinated with the story and asked what it was called. When I found out I searched for the book at my library but couldn't find it. Luckily, I found it on Amazon and my parents were good enough to give it to me the following Christmas. I have since read it over 20, possibly 30 times. I'm not sure because I lost count after 16, which was sometime in high school (Ten years ago) . . . I tend to read it at least once a year, around Halloween toward Christmas I start craving the dialog and overall flavor that Pope created. I also enjoy her other novel, The Sherwood Ring, but something about The Perilous Gard is just so enticing for me. I love that it has so much to it. It's historically based fiction with mystery, fantasy, Christian theology and just the right peppering of wit and romance. I simply adore it! Which is why I created this fan group here on LJ.
Please feel free to post your own stories of how you discovered this amazing book! I would love to hear them!
I read this sometime in high school and enjoyed it enough to buy myself a copy of the book. I think I read it at least 3 times back-to-back. Then, it sat on the bookshelf of my mom's house for years collecting dust until this past Christmas. For some reason, I had a memory of this book and a strong yearning to reread it again. And as everyone knows, the books you loved when you were a kid are never far from your heart. So I took the book from my mom's bookshelf and brought it home with me and have re-read it at least 3 times again recently and completely fell in love with it again. As an adult, I understand and appreciate Pope's writing even more so than before. I appreciate the intricate details of the fairy world, the symbolism of Christian theology, the complex relationship between Kate and the Lady, the budding attraction between Kate and Christopher that's very subtle in their dialogue (that I missed as a teen), and of course, the intense climax and ending. I can't say enough of how much I appreciate what Pope did with the ending. It wasn't just a tacked on epilogue. It was a well thought out and executed ending and one of the best I've read.
I reread it every Halloween too! I try to read Pope's other book The Sherwood Ring every Christmas because my favorite scene in that takes place on Christmas Eve. I like The Perilous Gard better as a novel but I love Peaceable Sherwood as a character.