It's a fictional novel about a little girl that falls into a well (I don't remember what happens to her) or is taken down into the well by the people that live down there, sortof as a offering. Her big sister goes into the well. They make her stay there, sleep in a cave, no light.

The people that live down there use markings along the tunnel walls to navigate. The big sister eventually learns to interpret these markings and starts to plan her escape.

Somewhere along the way a handsome young man (as is bound to happen) decides to save her and gets himself caught by the people in the well. The well people dress him up in fancy clothes and a jeweled, gold mask and put him on a horse as an offering to their fictional pagan gods. The big sister character ends up saving him.

  • So is this fantasy or science fiction?
    – Valorum
    Aug 28, 2015 at 20:35
  • This was my question.. I can't comment.. It's a fantasy novel, not science fiction.
    – user51332
    Aug 28, 2015 at 22:16
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    possible duplicate of YA book about a young girl who is kidnapped by fairy people Aug 29, 2015 at 0:13
  • Sometimes things go a little weird with the authentication for unregistered accounts (like the account that posted this question). You should be able to follow the instructions here to fix this Aug 29, 2015 at 2:48
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    @WadCheber Will do in future. Sep 4, 2015 at 1:29

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This is a duplicate question, but the answer is The Perilous Gard, by Elizabeth Marie Pope.

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