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The Vanishing Witch

By Karen Maitland

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The critically acclaimed Queen of the Dark Ages introduces a chilling novel set against the backdrop of the Peasants' Revolt.

The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland, author of the hugely popular Company of Liars, will thrill fans of The Witchfinder's Sister and His Bloody Project with its chilling recreation of the Peasants' Revolt.

'A gem, crafted in the darkness ... Maitland has produced another gripping tale, from a darker age, which has surprising resonances with the present' Independent on Sunday

By the pricking of my thumbs ...

Lincoln, 1380. A raven-haired widow is newly arrived in John of Gaunt's city, with her two unnaturally beautiful children in tow.

The widow Catlin seems kind, helping wool merchant Robert of Bassingham care for his ill wife. Surely it makes sense for Catlin and her family to move into Robert's home?

But when first Robert's wife - and then others - start dying unnatural deaths, the whispers turn to witchcraft. The reign of Richard II brings bloody revolution, but does it also give shelter to the black arts?

And which is more deadly for the innocents of Lincoln?

Biographical Notes

Karen Maitland travelled and worked in many parts of the United Kingdom before settling for many years in the beautiful medieval city of Lincoln, an inspiration for her writing. She is the author of The White Room, Company of Liars, The Owl Killers, The Gallows Curse and The Falcons of Fire and Ice. She has recently relocated to a life of rural bliss in Devon.

www.karenmaitland.com

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  • ISBN: 9781472215031
  • Publication date: 12 Mar 2015
  • Page count: 608
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A gem, crafted in the darkness ... Maitland has produced another gripping tale, from a darker age, which has surprising resonances with the present — Independent on Sunday
Maitland has created a rich and believable medieval world with extraordinary attention to detail and finely wrought prose; her huge, deftly drawn cast of characters spring vividly to life — Sunday Express
Karen Maitland truly is the Doyenne of medieval fiction ... A tempting, beguiling and truly bewitching read — beadyjansbooks.blogspot.co.uk
An immensely powerful tale ... This is masterly storytelling, generous to the reader from start to finish — forwinternights.wordpress.com
A riveting, page-turning whopper of a book that had me captivated - in fact, positively bewitched - from the start. Blending history, superstition, folklore, murder, mystery and witchcraft sublimely, this ... is an absolute must-read — thelittlereaderlibrary.blogspot.co.uk
Beautifully written with an uncanny eye for detail — jaffareadstoo.blogspot.co.uk
Just put it on your list to read. You won't regret it at all — thislifeofliterature.wordpress.com
A wonderfully Gothic atmosphere... Maitland has produced another gripping tale, from a darker age, which has surprising resonances with the present — Independent
I relished the colour, the meticulously researched detail and strong characters — Fanny Blake, Woman and Home
Glorious stuff, intriguing and thrilling... a great story well told — Lovereading.co.uk
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