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Annotation: It is 1577 and one month ago Alyce's mother was burnt at the stake as a witch, and Alyce escaped from the witchfinders using her own poorly understood powers, only to be locked up in Bedlam; now another pair has come for her, only they seem different (and a lot easier to escape), and with the help of an innkeeper and a boy, Alyce sets out to find out about her mother's mysterious past--and finds herself in the middle of both a political war between rival queens, and a supernatural war, and not really sure which side she is on.
Catalog Number: #170483
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 309 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-338-27753-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-338-27753-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018033244
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
After her mother is executed as a witch, Alyce flees to London. There with the help of Solomon, a friendly actor, she discovers strange truths about the supernatural powers that drive the politics of Renaissance England. Although Bowling's novel showcases deep historical research, the plot is an extended chase scene, with Alyce making one discovery after another until she and Solomon escape to the New World.
Kirkus Reviews
They found them, the witchfinders...In 16th-century England, Alyce's mother is dead, burned at the stake. In her rush to escape a similar fate and follow the only clue her mother left her, Alyce finds herself on a path that will take her through London's seedy underbelly, all the way to Whitehall itself. Alyce Greenliefe looks like any other prisoner in Bedlam, but looks can be deceiving. Holding on to a secret too dangerous to even speak aloud, her only hope is to escape and find the mysterious John Dee, the hangman, and pray he knows why her mother sent her to him. With a bit of luck and help from gangly young Solomon, an unlikely new companion, Alyce finds herself free but quickly ends up in the middle of a treasonous plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I and release dark magic into the world. Can she stand up to Queen Mary and do what is right even when Mary promises her the thing she wants most in the world? This is an enjoyable tale with well-researched historical elements that will inspire curiosity about actual events. All characters are white.An intriguing story full of exciting, creepy, dark magic, just enough action, and endearing characters readers will root for. (historical note) (Historical fantasy. 12-18)
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Kirkus Reviews
Word Count: 73,805
Reading Level: 5.4
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.4 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 502171 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.6 / points:18.0 / quiz:Q75152
Lexile: 760L

Two queens, two religions, two visions for the future of the nation. Fleeing to London with a witch hunter on her trail, Alyce discovers her own dark magic and lands herself embroiled in the struggle.

Alyce's mother has just been burnt at the stake for practicing witchcraft. With only a thin set of instructions and a witch's mommet for guidance, Alyce must face the world that she's been sealed off from -- a world of fear and superstition. With a witch hunter fast on her trail, she'll need the help of an innkeeper and a boy looking to discover the truth behind his own mother's past.

But as her journey continues, another war rages: a hidden war of the supernatural, of the living and the dead. Good and evil are blurred, and nobody's motives can be trusted. And Alyce finds herself thrown unwillingly into the conflict. Struggling to understand her own powers, she is quickly drawn into a web of secret, lies, and dark magic that could change the fate of the world she is just coming to know.

This dark, twisty, and thrillingly original debut will leave readers entranced in its suspenseful plot and rich prose.

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