Synopsis (from Chicken House website) –
It’s 1577. Queen Elizabeth I has imprisoned scheming Mary Queen of Scots, and Alyce’s mother is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Alyce kills the witchfinder and flees to London – but the chase isn’t over yet. As she discovers her own dark magic, powerful political forces are on her trail. She can’t help but wonder: why is she so important? Soon she finds herself deep in a secret battle between rival queens, the fate of England resting on her shoulders …
A dark, twisty and thrillingly original Elizabethan fantasy, exploring true history through a fantasy lens.
Why I can’t Wait:
- This is a fascinating era of history. I’ve read a lot of non-fiction about this time period, but it all began with my Phillipa Gregory filled teens.
- Persecution is a big theme at the moment, and witch hunts are an example of history we do not want to repeat. This looks like it might use the past to explore themes which are particularly relevant to the present.
- Fantasy is such a great way to explore big themes. This looks like it might be similar to the work of Marcus Sedgwick and Frances Hardinge, and frankly I can’t get enough of either author’s work.
- The cover??! Just look at it. The problem will be how I stop looking, when I finally get my paws on it.
Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling
Chicken House Books
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