Witchcraft, politics and religious ambition combine in this gripping and wonderfully realised novel, set in the Somerset of the 1590s.
Outcast and illegitimate, Cess works in the chicken coops at Montacute House but on her thirteenth birthday everything changes. A boy's body is found by the river and her best friend, William, disappears. Accused by the villagers of bewitching him, Cess is determined to prove her
innocence and is soon embroiled in a plot that reaches the highest levels of society and threatens her own life as she uncovers secrets people would kill to keep hidden.
Drawing on powers she never knew she possessed, betrayed by her best friend and close relations, she finds allies in the strangest places and comes face to face with
the shocking secret of her