The Raven's Head by Karen Maitland, author of the best-selling and much-loved Company of Liars, will delight fans of Kate Mosse or Deborah Harkness seeking a new dark fix.
Vincent is an apprentice librarian who stumbles upon a secret powerful enough to destroy his master. With the foolish arrogance of youth, he attempts blackmail, but the attempt fails, and Vincent finds himself on the run and in possession of an intricately carved silver raven's head.
Any attempt to sell the head fails...until Vincent tries to palm it off on the intimidating Lord Sylvain - unbeknown to Vincent, a powerful alchemist with an all-consuming quest. Once more Vincent's life is in danger because Sylvain and his neighbours, the menacing White Canons, consider him a predestined sacrifice in their shocking experiment.
Chilling, and with compelling hints of the supernatural, The Raven's Head is a triumph for Karen Maitland, queen of the Dark Ages.
"A compelling blend of historical grit and supernatural twists." (Daily Mail)
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Darkly medieval - not for the faint hearted!
Yes. Karen Mailtland's book are always fascinating and the social history very well observed. Jonathan Keeble's narration was excellent.
A little less cruel. Many of the scenes were very upsetting and hard to listen to. It spoiled an otherwise good tale. Caution advised.
Caution advised. Scenes of great suffering involving children. It took me out of y comfort zone.
Good but not great