Reader Reviewed River Daughter by Jane Hardstaff

River Daughter

Written by Jane Hardstaff
Part of the Executioner's Daughter Series

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January 2015 Book of the Month Moss, the river daughter of the title, first appeared in Jane Hardstaff’s much-praised debut The Executioner’s Daughter, a thrilling novel that cleverly mixed the supernatural with a convincing historical background. In this new adventure, the Riverwitch calls Moss back to London and the Tower. Something dark and evil is threatening the Thames and the city, and only Moss can defeat it. Tudor life is vividly described - dirty, cruel and dangerous, and Henry VIII’s menagerie, housed in the Tower itself, adds some very special colour. A dramatic adventure set against an unusual and convincing background, this is another gripping read. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read the full reviews by clicking here.

  • Nadine Breen, age 12 - 'It was so good that I hope there will be a third one.'
  • Mary Murphy, age 14 - 'I loved the references and descriptions of Tudor London. The author really brings the sights, sounds and smells alive.'
  • Sam Moffat, age 12 - 'a very gripping sequel to The Executioner's Daughter. Moss has to return to her old home, the Tower of London and faces great dangers. I recommend this book for older children.'
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'Scary and exciting, this is a brilliant follow-up to The Executioner’s Daughter’ I loved it!'
  • Lucie Harrison - 'a fictional story of tudor London, through the eyes of the executioner's daughter. However gory the scene, it is always dramatic and transporting.'
  • Amisha McCrysta, age 12 - 'a BRILLIANT novel...Once you read this novel you will never forget it.'


River Daughter by Jane Hardstaff

The sequel to The Executioner's Daughter this is a thrilling adventure set alongside the Thames and the Tower of London in Tudor times.

More than a year has passed since Moss was released from the clutches of the Riverwitch. Now her father has swapped his bloody axe for a blacksmith's forge and they have moved away from London, taking Salter with them.

But strange things are happening on the river and the Riverwitch is lurking again. Moss has no choice but to leave her new home on a deadly journey to put an end to the evil that is enveloping the Tower like a stinking fog. It's a decision that may cost her her friendship with Salter and ultimately her life.

The Executioner's Daughter was chosen as Children's Book of the Week by The Sunday Times and The Times.


Praise for The Executioner's Daughter...

'This notable debut mixes vivid history with supernatural adventure and from its dark depths friendship, forgiveness and parental love rise to the surface.' Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

'A strong new voice in children's fiction... draws a wonderfully authentic portrait of a wilful tween desperate to find out more about her origins... Worth locking yourself up for an afternoon's reading pleasure.' Alex O'Connell, The Times

'Putting a different spin on the Tudor period, this pacy historical tale paints an intriguing and authentic picture of the times that will fascinate young fans of history. With some spooky and gruesome moments, it is best suited to readers of 11 and above, but older children will find much to enjoy in Hardstaff's gripping adventure.' Booktrust

About the Author

Jane Hardstaff

Jane Hardstaff longed to be an artist, but somehow became a TV producer. She grew up in Wiltshire with her brothers, hunting mayfly-nymphs with her father and reading fairytales with her mother. Now she lives in London's East End, near the great, wild River Thames - the inspiration for her first book.

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Book Info


352 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd

Publication date

8th January 2015




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