Castle of Whispers is a richly imagined work of fiction from one of France's best-loved authors. In 1187, on the day of her wedding, the beautiful 15-year-old Esclarmonde scandalises the court when she refuses to accept the knight chosen by her father. She vows instead to give herself to God, an act of defiance for which she is imprisoned in a cell. There, she encounters a mystical crossroads where the living and the dead meet, and she begins to exert a mysterious and pervasive power over the kingdom, reaching a saint-like status.
Carole Martinez teaches French at a middle school in Issy-les-Moulineaux. She began writing during her maternity leave in 2005. The Castle of Whispers is her second novel, following The Threads of the Heart.