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Plague Land: Oswald de Lacy Book 1 Paperback – 11 August 2015

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; 1 edition (11 August 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444785788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444785784
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.0 out of 5 stars240 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sykes's debut provides everything a reader would want in a historical mystery: a gripping plot, vivid language, living and breathing characters, and an immersive depiction of the past. - Publisher's Weekly

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.

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

There's a nice, cliche-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

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Sykes's debut provides everything a reader would want in a historical mystery: a gripping plot, vivid language, living and breathing characters, and an immersive depiction of the past. - Publisher's Weekly

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.

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

There's a nice, cliche-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

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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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