Wicked Children: Murderous Tales from History, by Karen Maitland, author of the much-loved Company of Liars, explores some true crime cases of murderous children throughout history. Here the Dark Ages meets Stephen King's Carrie or We Need to Talk About Kevin. 'Atmospheric and dark' The Times on The Raven's Head 'An atmospheric and dark story' The Times 'An adult who commits murder usually has some kind of motive we can understand, however twisted, but a child who kills often does it simply because they discover they can - and no one is stopping them.'Karen Maitland, Queen of the Dark Ages, has created possibly some of the most wicked children in fiction. From Narigorm, the child rune reader with a penchant for death, from Company of Liars, to the scheming yet devastatingly beautiful Leonia in The Vanishing Witch, they revel in manipulating the world around them - and those foolish enough to cross them. In Wicked Children: Murderous Tales from History, Karen Maitland explores some of the real-life cases of dangerous and powerful children which have inspired her own young - but deadly - characters.