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1564, Lisbon. The Inquisition displays its power and ruthlessly spreads fear. Heretics are tortured and burned. Isabela, daughter of the Falconer at the Royal Court, is about to be caught in the Church’s terrifying schemes. The slaughter of two of the King’s precious white falcons sees her father arrested and imprisoned.
He and his family will be killed unless the birds are replaced. Isabela decides only she can save her father. These birds are impossibly rare, and she will have to travel far - to strange lands - to find them. Unfortunately the Church has sent a companion to ensure she never returns...
©2013 Karen Maitland (P)2013 Oakhill Publishing
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"A tour de force: dark and woven with the supernatural" ( Daily Mail)
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5 out of 5 stars
By mollymoon1 on 09-30-13

Incredibly Impressive

Karen Maitland is, in my opinion, one of the most impressive and satisfyingly one of the most best informed of writers there is, she writes informatively intelligently and knowledgeably and puts her obtained knowledge into impressive and great stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was aided by the great reading and interpretational spin placed in the story by David Thorpe who's brilliant accents brought every character to life. This is a great historical story, full of wit and wickedness, taking you on a journey from Portugal to Iceland. There is a unique aura around Karen Maitland's stories which although, factual in their telling, have a unique mystic to them giving them a fantastical ambience and I loved this story for all of the above reasons. This book is worth every penny of your money.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 08-21-13

Brilliant as always

Another brilliant story very well read. If you liked the other books you'll like this.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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