The Maker of Swans (Paperback)
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Published: 12/01/2017
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In the dream there was nothing. Nothing and then fire.

The world had forgotten Mr Crowe and his mysterious gifts.

Until he killed the poet.

He lived a secluded life in the fading grandeur of his country estate. His companions were his faithful manservant and his ward, Clara, a silent, bookish girl who has gifts of her own.

Now Dr Chastern, the leader of a secret society, arrives at the estate to call Crowe to account and keep his powers in check. But it is Clara's even greater gifts that he comes to covet most. She must learn to use them quickly, if she is to save them all.

'Compulsive reading ...rich, strange, beautiful' - Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk

'A strange, new and captivating look at a magical realm ...Lavishly entertaining' - Independent

'Enthralling ...a literary feast' - Stylist

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474601030
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 237 g
Dimensions: 198 x 159 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

[With much] in common with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell ... a tale about magic and art, power and responsibility ... [that will] keep the reader enfolded - DAILY MAIL

It would not be surprising if the public clamours for a second instalment of this vividly imagined and deeply pleasurable gothic fantasy - not to mention a film. - FINANCIAL TIMES

The prose in O'Donnell's first novel is glorious, combining an ear for deep cadences of language with a phenomenal acuity of vision ... O'Donnell is clearly a major talent - THE GUARDIAN

Poetic and strange, this Gothic novel is a dark, elegant celebration of the power and beauty of words and the spells they weave. - SUNDAY EXPRESS

Strange and new and captivating - THE INDEPENDENT

A charming, lyrical read even when tension is high. I admired the depth of O'Donnell's imagination, which allowed him to conjure up this enthralling tale . . . A literary feast - STYLIST

A powerful thriller - VOGUE

Wonderfully dark, magical - ELLE

Strange and beautiful - one of Stylist's Essential Reads for 2016 - STYLIST

A fabulously assured, elegant Gothic-flavoured tale - WOMAN AND HOME

A peculiar and beautiful tale of art and magic - STYLIST.CO.UK

An oddly beautiful tale of magic and art, this reminded me of Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes - Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of THE LAST ACT OF LOVE

Compulsive reading . . . rich, strange, beautiful - Helen Macdonald, author of H IS FOR HAWK

I devoured this book and it kept me guessing right to the very end . . . Line by line, Paraic's writing contains some of the most beautifully turned phrasing I've read in a long while - Laura Barnett, author of THE VERSIONS OF US

Dazzlingly inventive, compelling - Jane Casey, author of THE BURNING

Exquisite - Liz Nugent, author of LYING IN WAIT

The Maker of Swans combines through-the-looking-glass enchantment with Nabokovian dexterity. O'Donnell has written a mesmerizing book whose prose absolutely soars - Sandra Newman, author of THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR

Sonorous, beautifully made, disquieting - THE SPECTATOR

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“Magical and mystical.....”

Paraic O'Donnell's debut novel " Maker of Swans " reminds you of an old fashioned Gothic novel or Grimms' Tales. First of all,it is set in a old house with interesting and enigmatic... More

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“Beautifully Written Debut! ”

What a brilliant, compelling, magical and gorgeously written book 'The Maker of Swans' is. I am utterly speechless because of just how much this book captivated me.

The storyline is fantastic,... More

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