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City of Crows

City of Crows

2018, pp. 384, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609454708
Region: Australia
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$ 17.00

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"A gothic masterpiece."—Better Read Than Dead

Set in seventeenth-century France—a country in the thrall of dark magic, its social fabric weakened by years of plague—Chris Womersley's City of Crows is a richly imagined and engrossing tour de force. Inspired by real-life events, it tells the story of Charlotte Picot, a young woman from the country forced to venture to the fearsome city of Paris in search of her only-remaining son, Nicolas. Fate (or coincidence) places the quick-witted charlatan Adam Lesage in her path. Lesage is newly released from the prison galleys and on the hunt for treasure, but, believing him to be a spirit she has summoned from the underworld, Charlotte enlists his help in finding her child.

Charlotte and Lesage—comically ill-matched but nevertheless essential to one another—journey to Paris, then known as the City of Crows: Charlotte in search of Nicolas, and Lesage seeking a fresh start.

Dazzlingly told, with humor and flair, City of Crows is a novel for readers who like their fiction atmospheric, adventurous, spine-tingling, and beautifully written. Pre-revolutionary France, with all its ribaldry, superstition, and intrigue is mesmerizing, and Charlotte Picot's story—the story of a mother in search of her lost son—holds universal appeal.

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