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The Plague Charmer

The Plague Charmer

A tale of the plague from Queen of the Dark Ages and bestselling author of Company of Liars, Karen Maitland, that will chill and delight fans of C.J. Sansom’s Tombland 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
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 6th April 2017

Price: £7.99

ISBN-13: 9781472235862

Reviews

Karen Maitland is the go-to writer for gruesome medieval murk
Writing Magazine
A dark read... fear and hysteria are portrayed with claustrophobic skill
The Times
Offbeat, absorbing
BBC History magazine
Written in dark but engaging prose, it is historical fiction with an apocalyptic twist
Lady
A really good read... as much one for first time Maitlanders as it is for the fans
Bookbag
If you like dark, atmospheric, historical fantasy, then this is definitely one for you
Daily Mail
A brilliant writer, with a real sense of history
Susanna Gregory