• 416 pages
A magical new stand-alone novel with an entrancing fairy tale feel, from the author of the highly acclaimed THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD.
Deep in the Hungarian woods, the sacred magic of King Solomon lives on in his descendants. Gathering under the midnight stars, they pray, sing and perform small miracles - and none are more gifted than the great Rabbi Isaac and his three daughters. Each one is blessed with a unique talent - whether it be coaxing plants to grow, or predicting the future by reading the path of the stars.
When a fateful decision to help an outsider ends in an accusation of witchcraft, fire blazes through their village. Rabbi Isaac and his family are forced to flee, to abandon their magic and settle into a new way of life. But a dark fog is making its way across Europe and will, in the end, reach even those who thought they could run from it. Each of the sisters will have to make a choice - and change the future of their family forever.
Enter a magical world of secrets, family ties and fairy tales weaving through history . . . perfect for fans of The Bear and the Nightingale and Spinning Silver.
Praise for Rena Rossner:
'Luscious and hypnotic . . . A gripping, powerful story' Madeline Miller, author of Song of Achilles and Circe 'A rich literary fairytale' Robert Dinsdale, author of The Toymakers 'A stunning tapestry of a story unlike anything I've ever read' Sara Holland, author of Everless 'Full of heart, history and enchantment' Publishers Weekly (starred review)
• 352 pages
'Swept me straight back to days of losing myself in Diana Wynne Jones novels, and getting lost in truly absorbing, sometimes scary, sometimes emotive adventure with its roots in folklore and history. A story that is full of magic and delight that will thrill readers of any age'-Rowan Coleman, author of The Girl at the Window As Spitfires roar overhead and a dark figure stalks the village of Woodville, a young woman will discover her destiny . . .
Faye Bright always felt a little bit different. And today she's found out why. She's just stumbled across her late mother's diary which includes not only a spiffing recipe for jam roly-poly, but spells, incantations, runes and recitations . . . a witch's notebook.
And Faye has inherited her mother's abilities.
Just in time, too. The Crow Folk are coming. Led by the charismatic Pumpkinhead, their strange magic threatens Faye and the villagers. Armed with little more than her mum's words, her trusty bicycle, the grudging help of two bickering old ladies, and some aggressive church bellringing, Faye will find herself on the front lines of a war nobody expected.
For fans of Lev Grossman and Terry Pratchett comes this delightful novel of war, mystery and a little bit of magic . . .
Praise for THE CROW FOLK 'Stay has brewed a cracking blend of charm and creepiness in The Crow Folk. A rip-roaring tale of bravery and witchcraft on the wartime home front, expertly told with lashings of wit and warmth'-Pernille Hughes, author of Probably the Best Kiss in the World ?
'A delightful mash-up of Dad's Army and Charmed. An absolute treat'-CK McDonnell, author of Stranger Times 'Warm, witty, witchy wartime fun. With Mark Stay as writer you're always guaranteed a magical read'-Julie Wassmer, author of the Whitstable Pearl Mysteries 'You'll love it: Doctor Who meets Worzel Gummidge'-Lorna Cook, author of The Forgotten Village 'A jolly romp with witches, demons, and bellringing. Pratchett fans will enjoy this, and Faye is a feisty and fun hero. Dad's Army meets Witches of Eastwick'-Ian W Sainsbury Praise for MARK STAY and BACK TO REALITY 'Heartwarming, inventive, and funny. Like if Nick Hornby wrote a time travel, body swap adventure!'-New York Times bestselling author Mimi Strong ?'A compelling story where the comedy compliments the drama and keeps you turning the page... A delight'-Caimh McDonnell, bestselling author of The Dublin Trilogy 'I LOVE IT! It's Back to the Future meets Freaky Friday' -#1 Kindle bestselling author of Hot Mess, Lucy Vine 'If you love time travel and rock and roll, you'll love this book!' -Julie Cohen, author of Together 'Sliding Doors meets Back to the Future in a story to make you sing with joy' -Karen Ball, Speckled Pen 'A magnificent book! Loved every page. Beautifully written' -Callan McAuliffe, actor The Walking Dead 'Doctor Who meets Freaky Friday at Glastonbury. With added cow. Escapist SF fun for everyone who wants to scratch their Terry Pratchett itch'-Ian W Sainsbury, Winner of the Kindle Storyteller Award 2019 'A miraculous, laugh-out-loud journey to a past never lived. Original and captivating!'-Keith A Pearson