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The Leviathan (Hardback)Rosie Andrews (author)
Whispers of witchcraft and sinister revelations of an old shipwreck fill the life of Thomas Treadwater – a reluctant soldier and man of reason – with dark unrest in Andrews’ mesmeric historical mystery set amidst the English Civil War.
She is awake.
Norfolk, 1643. With civil war tearing England apart, reluctant soldier Thomas Treadwater is summoned home by his sister, who accuses a new servant of improper conduct with their widowed father.
By the time Thomas returns home, his father is insensible, felled by a stroke, and their new servant is in prison, facing charges of witchcraft. Thomas prides himself on being a rational, modern man, but as he unravels the mystery of what has happened, he uncovers not a tale of superstition but something dark and ancient, linked to a shipwreck years before.
Something has awoken in England, and now it will not rest...
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 608 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'Darkly compelling and dripping with atmosphere, The Leviathan is a bewitching tale of good, evil and all the shades in-between.' - Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars
'It's hard to believe that such an accomplished novel could be a debut - The Leviathan is a gloriously dark story that sweeps you along to its harrowing yet satisfying conclusion. Superb.' - Susan Stokes-Chapman, author of Pandora
'Infused with creepy gothic dread and gorgeously written. Fantastic.' - Amy McCulloch, author of Breathless
'An original and compelling page-turner, beautifully told.' - Annie Kirby, author of The Hollow Sea
'This debut oozes quality. I wanted to savour the incredible language, by turns lyrical and earthy, and the beautifully researched historical detail... The Leviathan is a sumptuous treat that positively thrums with tension. A story that does not shy away from questions of religion, personal choice and responsibility, good versus evil... Great to read at any time, but especially when the night is dark with howling wind and lashing rain. I absolutely loved it.' - Lianne Dillsworth, author of Theatre of Marvels
'A sinister, twisting tale, thoroughly gripping and utterly absorbing.' - Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne
'An outstanding historical debut, which blends emotional resonance with the chill factor of an M R James story. Utterly compelling from start to finish, The Leviathan is a seething, haunting delight.' - Beth Underdown, author of The Witchfinder's Sister
'A confident and accomplished debut, which skilfully blends historical detail, myth, faith and the fantastic into a dark and compelling story of huge imagination.' - Anita Frank, author of The Lost Ones
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“An excellent debut.”
The Leviathan is set during the English Civil War with its unrelenting political turbulence. The story is incredibly atmospheric and brought goosebumps to me when I read it. It is full of witchcraft, suspicion, and... More
“A creepy and compelling page turner”
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“Suspenseful and haunting”
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