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  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hodder & Stoughton

Requiem for a Knave: The new novel by the author of The Wicked Cometh

Laura Carlin

3 Reviews

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Classic fiction (pre c 1945), Historical fiction

A page-turning historical mystery full of twists and turns from the author of The Wicked Cometh.

From the author of The Wicked Cometh comes a dark, page-turning tale of passion and romance in the darkest of places. . .

'Carlin can tell a good story' Observer

'A book of great beauty and lyricism' On Magazine

After the death of his mother, young Alwin of Whittaker leaves the only home he has ever known to seek answers about his unknown father through a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

On the journey, Alwin falls in with a band of violent and marauding soldiers and is witness to their terrible crimes. When Alwin later joins up with a group of pilgrims, he must hide his identity . . . but he is not the only one with secrets to keep. Rosamund, a young woman travelling the same path, has much to conceal too.

The journey to discovering who he really is will lead Alwin into great danger and great passion. These are dark times, and through them, Alwin must shine a light.

Will the revelations to come destroy everything that came before?

'Effortlessly transports the reader to fourteenth-century rural Derbyshire and the plight of young Alwin. With the deft touch of a master storyteller, Laura Carlin recreates the dangerous world Alwin must navigate as they flee the comforts of home for an entirely new life' Sophie Ward, author of Love and other Thought Experiments READERS' PRAISE FOR REQUIEM FOR A KNAVE:

'Hugely engaging'

'A gem of an historical novel with beautiful atmospheric writing'

'I loved Laura's first book and this is another fun, dark historical novel full of twists and turns. Atmospheric and passionate'

'Laura Carlin charmed and bewitched me with her Victorian era debut The Wicked Cometh and here again I am willingly sucked into the dark medieval world of pilgrims, lords and villains'

'Beautifully written with strongly portrayed characters, A very good read'

'The author gives us fully rounded, engaging characters, a compelling story and beautiful, lyrical prose. I loved this even more than The Wicked Cometh'

'A lyrical and engaging novel, with beautiful writing and a gripping storyline'

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Praise for Requiem for a Knave: The new novel by the author of The Wicked Cometh

  • Carlin can tell a good story - Observer

  • [Carlin's] female characters are both of their time, while also being witty and modern - Stylist

  • Carlin [is] one to watch - Culture Fly

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Laura Carlin

Laura Carlin left school at 16 to work in retail banking and it was only after leaving her job to write full-time that she discovered her passion for storytelling and exploring pockets of history through fiction. She lives in a book-filled house in beautiful rural Derbyshire with her partner (and a very naughty cat). When she's not writing she enjoys walking in the surrounding Peak District. The Wicked Cometh is her first novel.

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