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The new, gripping historical novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lady of Hay
A nest of vipers, they called us. But that is not how it was.
Mercia, 775 AD.
In the grand Saxon halls of Mercia, King Offa rules with ruthless ambition. Aggressive and relentlessly acquisitive, his three daughters are destined to marry advantageously in service of their country. Eadburh, the youngest, is neither the cleverest nor the most beautiful of the three. But, with her father's ruthless spirit and the secret gifts passed down from her mother, she is determined to carve her own path in the world.
2021. Simon Armstrong has escaped to a secluded cottage on the English-Welsh borders, desperate to finish his book about Anglo-Saxon King Offa. But he soon finds himself disturbed by unsettling noises and visions. Calling in local expert Bea to identify the issue, Simon hopes to get back some peace - but soon Bea is as embroiled as he is, feeling increasingly connected to a ghostly presence that is growing ever-stronger in its desire for revenge.
And when Simon's daughter disappears, centuries of secrets and resentment begin to tumble out...
An epic tale of deceit, revenge and exile from the queen of timeslip historical fiction.
Time is running out as the past and present collide...
Praise for Barbara Erskine:
'Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson' Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times
'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable' The Times
'Marvellous escapist stuff' Woman and Home
Publication date: 15/04/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||15th April 2021|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Collections:||2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon,|
|Categories:||Horror & ghost stories, Historical fiction,|
Barbara Erskine was our Guest Editor in July 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. An historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of thirteen novels, at once demonstrating her interest in history and the supernatural, plus four collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Barbara’s first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over three million copies worldwide to date. She lives in Hay-on-Wye. Author photo © Karolina WebbMore About Barbara Erskine