The Vanishing Witch

by Karen Maitland

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction

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August 2014 eBook of the Month.

Set against the Peasants’ Revolt and the poll tax (yes, they had one in the 1380s), this is an involved, long, medieval drama of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times.  We are in Lincoln in the family of a wealthy cloth merchant where Robert becomes infatuated by a mysterious widow seeking to invest her inheritance.  The investment goes bottom-up, Robert becomes perhaps too close to the widow and his family don’t like it.  Now superstition, witchcraft and strange happenings abounded in that time and much occurs here.  This is glorious stuff, intriguing and thrilling on every page with a mass of historical detail, drama and colour.  A great story well told.


A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

'No one brings historical fiction quite so vividly to life as Karen Maitland. Her novels are dark delights, subtly woven with the superstitions of a bygone era when women were frequently cast as witches and the threat of plague was lurking in every corner. Her characters, though, embrace betrayal, love, murder and revenge as they dance around real events and grapple with the extremes of emotion familiar to us all – these are people you know, but governed by a wholly different set of beliefs and social pressures. The Vanishing Witch reveals the Peasants’ Revolt from an entirely new angle and forces you to question your own morals in a world seemingly gone mad. Enjoy a dousing in the swirling mists of the medieval world and know you’re in the hands of a master.' - Mari Evans, Publishing Director, Headline

Sarah Broadhurst

The Vanishing Witch Synopsis

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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ISBN: 9781472215017
Publication date: 14/08/2014
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472215017
Publication date: 14th August 2014
Author: Karen Maitland
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 512 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Karen Maitland

Karen Maitland travelled and worked in many parts of the United Kingdom before settling for many years in the beautiful medieval city of Lincoln, an inspiration for her writing. She is the author of The White Room, Company of Liars, The Owl Killers, The Gallows Curse and The Falcons of Fire and Ice. She has recently relocated to a life of rural bliss in Devon. Click here to read a our Ask the Author feature on Karen Maitland.   Author photo © John C. Gibson

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