Summary

A gothic delight from Karen Maitland, author of the best-selling and much-loved Company of Liars, that will delight fans of Game of Thrones, The Silent Companions or fans of Deborah Harkness seeking a new, dark fix this Halloween.
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.
©2015 Karen Maitland (P)2015 Headline Digital
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Critic reviews

"A compelling blend of historical grit and supernatural twists." (Daily Mail)
"An atmospheric and dark story." (The Times)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Miss on 26-03-15

Darkly medieval - not for the faint hearted!

Would you try another book written by Karen Maitland or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

Yes. Karen Mailtland's book are always fascinating and the social history very well observed. Jonathan Keeble's narration was excellent.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A little less cruel. Many of the scenes were very upsetting and hard to listen to. It spoiled an otherwise good tale. Caution advised.

Any additional comments?

Caution advised. Scenes of great suffering involving children. It took me out of y comfort zone.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Nick on 28-04-17

Good but not great

Enjoyable enough tosh but rather obvious twists in the plot made this less enjoyable than it might have been. However the author is really good at writing within a historical context.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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