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Plague Land: Oswald de Lacy Book 1 Hardcover – 25 September 2014

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (25 September 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144478577X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444785777
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.0 out of 5 stars240 customer ratings

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The medieval CJ Sansom (Jeffery Deaver)

Sykes's damp, depopulated, miasmic Middle Ages is well evoked, making this an impressive debut with at least one sequel on the way. (The Herald, Scotland)

A novel full of suspense and intrigue that will have you gripped. (Best magazine)

PLAGUE LAND is a fascinating historical crime novel about a world turned upside down, inhabited by a rich cast of characters. A terrific debut and a wonderful start to a brand-new series. (Antonia Hodgson, author of THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA)

Plague Land is a gripping historical crime thriller, an engaging coming-of-age story and a richly textured evocation of 14th Century Kent. I was totally hooked. (Jake Woodhouse, author of The Amsterdam Quartet)

There are plot twists aplenty . . . PLAGUE LAND is a quest to rebuild identity in an apocalyptic world, a theme that makes this new medieval series one I will be sure to follow. (Martine Bailey, author of An Appetite for Violets)

If you're looking for a well written and engaging book set in the Middle Ages, or you happen to like thrillers, mysteries and "whodunnits", then this is your cup of tea. Sykes has really reset the bar for medieval mysteries. Throughout the book, every clue brings with it unexpected twists and turns. When you think you know who the killer is, you're slapped with yet another surprise. (Medievalists)

The mystery is engaging and . . . I found the whole subject of the Plague and the feudal system fascinating. It's a period of history I wasn't familiar with but one I'd love to investigate further. This book fills the gap between the late Ariana Franklin and CJ Sansom and I look forward to reading more of the adventures of Oswald and company. (From First Page to Last)

There's a nice, cliché-free sharpness to Sykes' writing . . . that suggests a medieval Raymond Chandler at work, and there are no phony celebrations of the peasantry or earth-mothers thrusting herbal concoctions down grateful throats. Plenty of action and interesting characters, without intervention of the libertarian modern conscience that so often wrecks the medieval historical novel. (Independent)

Plague Land is an extraordinary debut novel - confident and clever, bringing the reader so close to the history it evokes . . . I found everything about Plague Land unputdownable as it immersed me so fully in the mid-14th century, carried along as I was by these excellent characters as well as by S.D. Sykes' wonderful writing. There is a lot going on in this book, all of it fully engaging - S.D. Sykes is to be congratulated. One of my top books of 2014 without doubt. (For Winter Nights)

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A thrillingly suspenseful crime novel set in medieval Kent in the aftermath of the Black Death.

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andytricky
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely readable historical fiction from a promising author
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3.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere good but characters and plot Hummm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a new series with interesting characters.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great yarn with good twists
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm not the best murder mystery you can read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very immersing and detailed read
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3.0 out of 5 stars A new anti-hero stumbles through a land devastated by plague!
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