City of Crows by Chris Womersley – Book Review

Reading a book  set in plague times at the start of a modern global pandemic… sure. Why not?

It’s France, it’s 1673. In an attempt to save her young son from the plague that has taken her husband, the rest of her family and much of her town, Charlotte leaves for family in a nearby town. However, she is knocked out and her son kidnapped, and she must find him. Meanwhile, a man is mysteriously released from prison and the hard labour he is forced to complete.

It’s a strange world, a place where magic is real and simply surviving is hard work. How can Charlotte know who to trust? What are her strengths, and  can she get her son back? It’s a compelling fiction, it feels very much like historical fiction, but then with a whole heap of magic and the like thrown in.

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