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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Entertaining Medieval Tale of Good versus Evil

If you’ve listened to earlier books by this author you’ll know how she weaves a strong story into a backdrop of mysticism and creates a powerful atmosphere of medieval life. Set in the 12th C this book has rulers and employers mercilessly exploiting the hard-working poor as they try to scrap a living burdened by taxes and low wages. Corruption is everywhere and superstition haunts all walks of life. Death and witchcraft abounds in the central story as rich cloth merchant, Robert, is captivated by a widow newly arrived in Lincoln and his troubles begin. Don’t expect subtle characterisation or nuanced morality: this is good old-fashioned good versus evil battling it out: simplistic but enjoyable nevertheless. I was intrigued by the references at the beginning of each chapter to superstitious beliefs of the period which seem preposterous to modern ears but held sway in medieval times.

There’s some pacey writing in this book, particularly the description of the rampage through London during the Peasants’ Revolt led by Wat Tyler

The narrator is outstandingly good.
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- Kirstine

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