Title: Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale
Author: Donna Jo Napoli
Summary (from Shelfari): A silent girl.
An awesome power.
Melkorka is an Irish princess, the first daughter of a magnificent kingdom -- but this all changes the day she is kidnapped and taken aboard a marauding slave ship. Trapped in a world both unfamiliar and cruel, Melkorka finds that her powerlessness gives her clarity. That she is the master of what she says. Choosing to take a vow of silence, Melkorka becomes an object of fascination to her captors. And then she realizes that any power, no matter how little, can make a difference.
This book involves old time princesses and Irishness. That was more than enough to make me want to read it while I'm in my historical fiction phase. And it was...interesting.
Set in the 900s, Melkorka and her sister are forced to run from their town to save Melkorka from a terrible fate. While running for their shelter, they're captured by a slave ship. In time, Melkorka's sister manges to escape but Melkorka is stuck there. The only thing she can do is be silent. So she doesn't talk for the entire book after being captured. I think she said something once, to a bird, but that was it. And the ending is so open-ended. I knew it was over, yet kept turning pages trying to find the actual ending or some explination. She probably won't write a sequel either.
But in all, I did enjoy it. It was a good story and I'm probably going to try to read more of her books if they might entertain me.