Katelyn Michaels is in France visiting the tourist destination of Mont St. Michel. As pleasant as that may seem, she is there grudgingly because her father’s new wife is French. And she does not like That Woman. Her younger brother is eagerly sharing with her details of the area and its history, but she finds herself drawn by the efforts of a couple of unusual young men to get her attention. One, dressed in a monk-style wool robe, calls her by name and gives her an “enseigne.” The other, a scary-looking Goth, seems to have it in for her and for “Woolrobe.”
And almost before she knows it, Katelyn ends up in the 15th century.
She is taken in by the Watchmen, the older Jean and the young Nicolas, Jean’s apprentice, who turns out, incredibly, to be the mysterious guy she had dubbed Woolrobe. And they tell her that Katelyn must help them to save the mount from the invading English. She has no idea how she could possibly do that. She can scarcely deal with the lack of … well, anything she is familiar with in the 21st century, let alone figure out why she has been sent back centuries.
As time goes on, she eventually finds herself caring about Jean and Nicolas and the Montois, trapped by the English in their village with hardly any food and few other supplies. And Katelyn pieces together a plan. Maybe, just maybe, she can survive the horrific dangers and even get back home.
The Keys of the Watchmen is an interesting book. I enjoyed learning about the setting and history of Mont St. Michel and cared about the characters. I thought the way Katelyn helped the people in the 15th century was simultaneously almost silly and incredible but also kind of cool.
Rated: Mild, for some mild violence.