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The Raven's Head: A gothic tale of secrets and alchemy in the Dark Ages (Paperback)
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The Raven's Head: A gothic tale of secrets and alchemy in the Dark Ages (Paperback)

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Paperback 512 Pages / Published: 27/08/2015
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A gothic delight from Karen Maitland, author of the bestselling and much-loved Company of Liars, that will enchant readers of Kate Mosse's The Burning Chambers or fans of Deborah Harkness seeking a new, dark fix.

'An atmospheric and dark story' The Times

Never trust your secrets to a Raven when you are not its true master...

1224. Langley Manor, Norfolk.

Lord Sylvain has been practising alchemy in hiding for years and now only the Apothecary's niece can help him with final preparations to forge the Philosopher's Stone.

Alchemy calls for symbols - and victims - and when a man in possession of an intricately carved raven's head arrives at the Manor in a clumsy attempt at blackmail, Sylvain has both symbol and victim within easy reach.

But the White Canons in nearby Langley Abbey are concealing a crucial, missing ingredient... Regulus, a small boy with a large destiny.

What readers are saying about The Raven's Head:

'An intriguing and exciting dark tale about power and intrigue in politics, but most of all about the power and fear of the main ingredient of the book - almighty alchemy!'

'Full of stories, witchcraft, alchemy, suspicion and suspense. Fantastic book'

'As well as being a suspenseful tale that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, the book illustrates that the Middle Ages had a dark edge. The writing is beautiful, and the novel is crafted in a masterful way'

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472215048
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 342 g
Dimensions: 198 x 161 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An atmospheric and dark story... * The Times *
Karen Maitland knows how to wrap you up in the darkest wings of medieval storytelling * S Magazine *
Highly recommended * historicalnovelsociety.org *

Beautifully written by one of today's great masters of medieval historical fiction

* forwinternights.wordpress.com *
A potent brew of mystery and menace... good for a winter's night * thewhishlist.co.uk *

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“It's not fun to be a child in the 13th century”

Here we have three story lines that will eventually meet in a traumatic and disastrous finale. And all the protagonists of those story lines are poor children who have been mistreated, used and abused by adults in... More

Hardback edition
8th March 2015
Helpful? Upvote 56

“Too Disturbing”

Having read and enjoyed 'The Gallow's Curse' by Maitland, I was really looking forward to reading my preview copy of 'The Raven's Head'.
The novel started well, and I enjoyed reading the... More

Hardback edition
10th March 2015
Helpful? Upvote 49

“A Dark Surprise!”

Although I enjoy historical fiction, medieval or Gothic are not really the style I usually choose but, as always, I was happy to experiment with something new. From the start the pace of the novel was quite fast and... More

Hardback edition
29th March 2015
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