The Vanishing Witch

  • by Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The critically acclaimed Queen of the Dark Ages, author of Company of Liars, introduces a chilling novel set against the backdrop of the Peasants' Revolt.
Take one wealthy merchant. Add one charming widow. And one dying wife.
The reign of Richard II is troubled, the poor are about to become poorer still and landowners are lining their pockets. It's a case of every man for himself, whatever his status or wealth. But in a world where nothing can be taken at face value, who can you trust? The dour wool merchant? His impulsive son? The stepdaughter with the hypnotic eyes? Or the raven-haired widow clutching her necklace of bloodstones?
And when people start dying unnatural deaths and the peasants decide it's time to fight back, it's all too easy to spy witchcraft at every turn.

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The Vanishing Interest

This started out really well, but I felt it ran out of steam towards the end and I wasn't sure all ends were tied up. There were elements that were definitely not for children, but overall this did feel like a book for younger readers. To me, a better book in a similar vein would be Witch Child by Celia Rees. There were a few twists and turns here and there, but they were fairly predictable and the central character, Robert, wasn't very likeable.
The narration was excellent.
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- W

My first read of Maitland but not my last!

What did you like most about The Vanishing Witch?

The characterisation and the period


Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator


Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Don't know


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

a clever woman had to be a witch in the middle ages!


Any additional comments?

Well worth a read, the characters were all engaging and the story rich and captivating.

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- KAREN

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-08-2014
  • Publisher: Headline Digital