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The Executioner's Daughter

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

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February 2014 Debut of the Month Set in the underbelly of the Tower of London and on the Thames in Tudor times, with a cast of brilliant characters, including feisty heroine Moss and lovable rogue Salter. A nail-biting drama and a supremely authentic Tudor setting, this is a a thrilling adventure readers age 10+ will devour and a world they’ll want to return to again and again.

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The Executioner's Daughter by Jane Hardstaff

Moss hates her life. As the daughter of the Executioner in the Tower of London, it's her job to catch the heads in her basket after her father has chopped them off. She dreams of leaving, but they are prisoners with no way out. Then Moss discovers a hidden tunnel that takes her to freedom, where she learns that her life isn't what she believes it to be and she doesn't know who to trust. Her search for the truth takes her on a journey along the great River Thames. Could the answers lie deep in its murky depths?


Kids love to read and a small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review The Executioner's Daughter. You can read their reviews below.

Cody, age 10 - 'mysterious and spooky...I really enjoyed this book because it was exciting and it had a lot of description particularly about the River witch and the settings.' Click Here to read the full review.

Leah Roe, age 10 - 'I think Jane Hardstaff is an amazing writer and I hope she will write more amazing books like this one.' Click Here to read the full review.

Alice D'Angelo, age 15 - 'With a touch of mystery and danger, and a glimmer of royalty, Hardstaff keeps a fast pace to the story, so that you cannot help but turn the page.' Click Here to read the full review.

Emma Stephenson, age 10 - 'An amazing and clever story like no others I have read. Great historical detail shines through this book. It was a bit spooky but very exciting and I like the ending.' Click Here to read the full review.

Ellen Faulkner, age 11 - 'The Executioners Daughter is a fabulous book. Beware of the gruesome deaths though! Moss is a young girl who is imprisoned at the Tower of London. She dreams of freedom...' Click Here to read the full review.

Sam Moffat, age 11 - 'I enjoyed this book because it was action packed and very mysterious...I would highly recommend this book.' Click Here to read the full review.

Grace Reed, age 11 - 'The storyline is very real, which I like, but it also contains some mythical elements such as the river witch adds to the drama of the story...I think this is a fabulous book and I give it 9/10.' Click Here to read the full review.

Carla McGuigan, age 13 - ' I really enjoyed this novel and I recommend it to both boys and girls as I think they would enjoy it as well.' Click Here to read the full review.

Jemma Rubens, age 10 - 'This eventful story, which is full of suspense, is such a thrilling read. I was so annoyed when I had to stop reading as I was completely drawn in to Moss’s world!'Click Here to read the full review.

Hannah Pendell, age 9 - 'When I read The Executioner's Daughter I was hooked. This book has facts about the Tudor time as well as fantasy. I loved the detail of what the main character, Moss, was doing.' Click Here to read the full review.

Sam Harper, age 10 - 'There are Kings, Queens, witches, a cheeky young river-rat called Salter who steals Moss' boots and a dangerous mystery to solve. This book has it all! A fantastically exciting mystery.' Click Here to read the full review.

Traviss Chaytors, age 10 - 'Brilliant, different and an amazing read…I now have a line of people queuing up to read my copy, starting with my Mum!' Click Here to read the full review.

Lucy B, age 12 - 'All in all, I loved the entire book, and I hope that another book comes out to continue Moss and Salter's story!' Click Here to read the full review.

Nicky Davey, Great Torrington School - 'I really enjoyed reading The Executioner’s Daughter and would recommend this book as an excellent read.' Click Here to read the full review.

Tricia, Great Torrington School - 'The sights, sounds and smells of Tudor London bought to life in a really great story really well told.' Click Here to read the full review.

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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368 pages


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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd

Publication date

30th January 2014




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