The second in a brand-new medieval mystery series from the author of the popular ‘Hawkenlye’ series - On Ely Island, the Normans are proclaiming their authority with the construction of a magnificent cathedral. When Morcar, fishing for eels nearby, is attacked, his cousin Lassair is sent to nurse him. Morcar tells Lassair a frightening tale of assassins in the dark and a brief vision of horror. Then the killers strike again, and, as the secret hidden within the walls of Ely Abbey claims more victims, Lassair is forced to face a challenge that she fears is far beyond her . . .
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Alys Clare divides her time between Tonbridge, England-in the area where ""Tavern in the Morning"" is set--and her ancient stone cottage in Brittany. The author of two previous Hawkenlye mysteries, ""Fortune Like the Moon"" and ""Ashes of the Elements,"" she has also studied archaeology at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
Another outstanding entry in Clare's engaging Aelf Fen series, set during the Norman period in British history. Sixteen-year-old Lassair, an accomplished "healer," is sent to Ely Island to nurse her cousin, Morcar, after he is viciously attacked. Because it's too dangerous for Lassair to travel on her own, she is accompanied by Sibert, a young man she likes "most of the time." But Sibert has another motive for going to Ely: his father died there under mysterious circumstances before Sibert was born, and Sibert wants to find out what really happened. But his mission becomes secondary when Lassair discovers from Morcar that he may have been attacked because he witnessed a pale, white-haired youth being pulled into the Ely monastery, apparently against his will. What Lassair can't understand is why such a minor incident should provoke such a violent attack, and she determines to seek out the odd-looking young man, learn his story, and free him if he's being held captive. What she finds, however, is a terrible secret dating back decades, a secret that could have deadly consequences. This page-turning historical thriller from one of Britain's most talented popular-fiction authors ticks all the boxes with a riveting plot; fascinating period detail; engaging characters; and liberal doses of romance, magic, and mysticism. Recommend across genres to fans of historical mysteries and romances. --Starred Booklist Review, 1st December 2009
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