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In the Heart of Hidden Things

Kit Whitfield



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Jo Fletcher Books
28 June 2022
Everyone knows that if you fall afoul of the People, you must travel the miles to Gyrford, where uncounted generations of fairy-smiths have protected the county with cold iron, good counsel and unvarnished opinions about your common sense.

But shielding the weak from the strong can make enemies. Ephraim Brady has money and power, and the bitter will to hurt those who cross him. And if he can't touch elder farrier Jedediah Smith, he can harm those the Smiths care about.

The Smiths care about Tobias Ware, born on a night when the blazing fey dog Black Hal roared past the Wares' gate. Tobias doesn't understand the language or laws of men, and he can't keep away from the Bellame woods, where trespass is a hanging offence. If Toby is to survive, he needs protection.

It should be a manageable job. Jedediah Smith has a head on his shoulders, and so too (mostly) does his son Matthew. Only Matthew's son John has turned out a little . . . uncommon. But he means well.

It wasn't his fault the bramble bush put on a berry-head and started taking offence. Or that Tobias upset it. But John's not yet learned that if you follow the things other folk don't see, they might drag those you love into the path of ruin.
Imprint:   Jo Fletcher Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9781529414882
ISBN 10:   1529414881
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kit Whitfield was born in West London and brought up in Wilshire and London, where she now lives with her husband and son in a neurodiverse family. She is the author of Bareback (published in the US as Benighted), which was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award, and In Great Waters, which was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. Her fantasy novel In the Heart of Hidden Things will be followed by a sequel set in the same world.

Reviews for In the Heart of Hidden Things

An impressive debut * TANANARIVE DUE, author of AFRICAN IMMORTALS, on BAREBACK * Resonates with real issues of power, responsibility and blame * LISA TUTTLE, THE TIMES on BAREBACK * A powerfully intelligent novel * INDEPENDENT on IN GREAT WATERS * Whitfield shows undoubted powers of imagination and talent * DAILY MAIL on IN GREAT WATERS. * Whitfield is a criminally under-appreciated world-building master * EVERY BOOK A DOORWAY * Takes a traditional genre and changes it into something extraordinary * KATE ATKINSON on BAREBACK * It's warm, witty, compassionate, filled with People, with a village and woods in which it's sweet to get lost. Fellow Good Folk aficionados, I know you're out there, I know you should get this book the minute it's out * FRANCESCO DIMITRI, award-winning author of The Book of Hidden Things, on IN THE HEART OF HIDDEN THINGS *

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