The Raven's Head

The Raven's Head : A gothic tale of secrets and alchemy in the Dark Ages

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The Raven's Head by Karen Maitland, author of the bestselling and much-loved Company of Liars, will delight fans of Game of Thrones or Deborah Harkness seeking a new, dark fix.

'A compelling blend of historical grit and supernatural twists' Daily Mail on The Falcons of Fire and Ice

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 165 x 233 x 38mm | 664g
  • Headline Review
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781472215062
  • 1,035,607

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Rich and believable ... with extraordinary attention to detail and finely wrought prose; her huge, deftly drawn cast of characters spring vividly to life - Sunday Express on The Vanishing Witch

Passion and peril. A compelling blend of historical grit and supernatural twists - Daily Mail on The Falcons of Fire and Ice

Glorious ... a thrillingly horrible vision of the Dark Ages - Metro on The Owl Killers

Bawdy and brutal - Simon Mayo on The Gallows Curse

Scarily good. Imagine The Wicker Man crossed with The Birds - Marie Claire on The Owl Killers

Combines the storytelling traditions of The Canterbury Tales with the supernatural suspense of Mosse's Sepulchre in this atmospheric tale of treachery and magic - Marie Claire on Company of Liars

An intricate gothic tale - Woman & Home on The Vanishing Witch
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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, The Falcons of Fire and Ice and The Vanishing Witch. She has recently relocated to a life of rural bliss in Devon.
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1,108 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
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4 42% (465)
3 27% (299)
2 7% (79)
1 2% (17)
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