Released 3rd May 2010
Summary from Amazon:
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 John disappears, Cess is accused by the villagers of bewitching her best friend. Cess is determined to find John 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.
The Bookette says:
I found this as I trawled through pages and pages of Amazon future releases trying to find UK debut novelists. Finding a book with a premise as exciting as this one made it all worth while. I cannot wait to read this now. I'm pretty sure Montacute House is an actual location in the UK which makes this even more fascinating.
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