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    • ISBN:9781472235848
    • Publication date:20 Oct 2016

The Plague Charmer

A gripping novel of the plague

By Karen Maitland

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Ring the bells and lock up your homes. Karen Maitland, author of the bestselling Company of Liars, is back. And so is the plague...

Queen of the Dark Ages and bestselling author of Company of Liars, Karen Maitland returns to the plague with a tale that will chill and delight fans of Minette Walters' The Last Hours and Beth Underdown's The Witchfinder's Sister in equal measure.

'A dark read... fear and hysteria are portrayed with claustrophobic skill' The Times

1361. An unlucky thirteen years after the Black Death, plague returns to England.

When the sickness spreads from city to village, who stands to lose the most? And who will seize this moment for their own dark ends?

The dwarf who talks in riddles?
The mother who fears for her children?
The wild woman from the sea?
Or two lost boys, far away from home?

Pestilence is in the air. But something much darker lurks in the depths.

What readers are saying about The Plague Charmer:

'I couldn't put it down. Atmospheric and dark. [Karen Maitland] has created a very believable world of superstition, reality and the possibility of the supernatural'

'An incredibly absorbing book, full of twists and turns'

'Loved this gritty tale set in a time of dark magic and the plague. Its horrors are vividly told but with an underlying sense of human resilience and hope'

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, The Falcons of Fire and Ice, The Vanishing Witch and The Raven's Head. She has recently relocated to a life of rural bliss in Devon.

www.karenmaitland.com

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  • ISBN: 9781472235862
  • Publication date: 06 Apr 2017
  • Page count: 576
  • Imprint: Headline Review
A brilliant writer, with a real sense of history — Susanna Gregory
If you like dark, atmospheric, historical fantasy, then this is definitely one for you — Daily Mail
A dark read... fear and hysteria are portrayed with claustrophobic skill — The Times
A really good read... as much one for first time Maitlanders as it is for the fans — Bookbag
Karen Maitland is the go-to writer for gruesome medieval murk — Writing Magazine
Written in dark but engaging prose, it is historical fiction with an apocalyptic twist — Lady
Offbeat, absorbing — BBC History magazine
A brilliant writer, with a real sense of history
An atmospheric and dark story
Rich and believable . . . with extraordinary attention to detail and finely wrought prose
Teeming, invigorating
A ripping tale . . . full of colour and detail
Scarily good. Imagine The Wicker Man crossed with The Birds
Combines the storytelling traditions of The Canterbury Tales with the supernatural suspense of Mosse's Sepulchre in this atmospheric tale of treachery and magic
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