The Butcher Bird

The Butcher Bird

eBook - 2015
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In the sequel to the critically acclaimed Plague Land, we return to Somershill Manor, where an ominous legend takes hold of hearts and minds as children begin to disappear.

Oswald de Lacy is growing up fast in his new position as Lord of Somershill Manor. However, there is still the same amount of work to be done in the farms and fields, and the few people left to do it think they should be paid more—something the King himself has forbidden.

Just as anger begins to spread, the story of the Butcher Bird takes flight. People claim to have witnessed a huge creature in the skies. A new-born baby is found impaled on a thorn bush. And then more children disappear. Convinced the bird is just a superstitious rumor, Oswald must discover what is really happening. He can expect no help from his snobbish mother and his scheming sister Clemence, who is determined to protect her own child, but happy to neglect her step-daughters.

From the plague-ruined villages of Kent to the thief-infested streets of London and the luxurious bedchamber of a bewitching lady, Oswald's journey is full of danger, dark intrigue, and shocking revelations.

Baker & Taylor
Oswald de Lacy, the new Lord of Somershill Manor, must reassure the villagers that the huge creature reported in the sky is just a superstitious rumor, despite the number of children who suddenly disappear, in the sequel to Plague Land.

Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2015
ISBN: 1681771195 electronic bk
9781681771199 electronic bk
144478580X electronic bk
9781444785807 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC SYKES
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Feb 16, 2016

I enjoyed the who dun it --it had twists and turns not expected. The point of view is the lord of the manor, this is well done. My complaints are that at times the characters are too politically correct and speak at times with modern isms. One historical in accuracy is that port was not around during this time period, that is sloppy editing and left me not believing...


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