Written by Lucy Jago
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There’s a many layered mystery to be solved at the heart of this richly evoked historical novel which captures the fear and superstition of Elizabethan society. Young Cecily, or Cess as she is universally called, lives in great poverty on the margins of society. But, when the badly disfigured body of a boy is found locally and then her best friend William goes missing, Cess finds herself drawn into a central role – and a very dangerous one. Witchcraft, superstition and the overwhelming social prejudices of the day are all vividly brought to life here.
Montacute House by Lucy Jago
Cess works caring for the chickens at Montacute House but on her thirteenth birthday everything changes. She finds a precious locket hidden in the chicken coop and is convinced someone has placed it there for her to find. But the day is overshadowed by fear as a boy's body is found by the river, and then when William disappears, Cess is accused by the villagers of bewitching her best friend. Cess is determined to find William and prove the villagers wrong, but is soon embroiled in a plot that threatens her world and forces Cess to draw on powers she never knew she possessed, powers that will place her life in danger if they are discovered by the villagers. Witchcraft, politics and religious ambition combine in this gripping and wonderfully realised novel set in the Somerset of the 1500s.
'This impressive historical debut is a beguiling mix of politics and witchcraft'
About the Author
Interest Age: From 12
More books by Lucy Jago
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
3rd May 2011
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