City of Crows by Chris Womersley

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Read City of Crows Online Free - A woman's heart contains all things. Her heart is tender and loving, but it has other elements. It contains fire and intrigue and mighty storms. Shipwreck and all that has ever happened in the world. Murder, if need be... 1673. Desperate to save herself and her only surviving child Nicolas from an outbreak of plague, Charlotte Picot flees her tiny village in the French countryside. But when Nicolas is abducted by a troop of slavers, Charlotte resorts to witchcraft and summons assistance in the shape of a malevolent man. She and her companion travel to Paris where they become further entwined in the underground of sorcerers and poisoners - and where each is forced to reassess their ideas of good and evil. Before Charlotte is finished she will wander hell's halls, trade with a witch and accept a demon's fealty. Meanwhile, a notorious criminal is unexpectedly released from the prison galleys where he has served a brutal sentence for sacrilege...

Title : City of Crows
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ISBN : 1760551104
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Roy rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 20, 2017

I had heard amazing things from the local bookseller. This was a case of not being a great fit for me.I loved the historical fiction aspect with some hint of magic realism. I just found thr characters boring. I never felt involved in Charlottes plight. I also found it weird how sudden some charac...

Tundra rated it ★★★☆☆

October 07, 2017

I enjoyed this story with its factually based, plot driven magical realism. The plot, time period and setting are all intriguing however my hesitation lies in the ending where the magical realism (hinting at magic -but it could be just coincidence) tips into realism. It just feels like an easy op...

Bron rated it ★★★★☆

September 24, 2017

I am in love with historical fiction at the moment, and witches/sorcerers/village healer women always (see also the good people), so this looked right up my alley. It was a great read - I loved the relationship between the main characters, and there was a really good tension in the writing caused...

Pamela rated it ★★★★☆

September 28, 2017

3 1/2 stars ... It started out 4 star and dropped off by the end to 3 stars. I loved Womersley's descriptive writing style of the time and place but didn't feel the same about his character development. I couldn't tell if Charlotte became almost mute as the story went on because of extreme trauma...

Caren rated it ★★★☆☆

November 09, 2017

Probably more of a 3.5, the novel was engaging. It didn't have the poignancy of his BEREFT, which was sensational, but his portrait of Paris 17th century was so vivid: sights, sounds, smells - reminded me slightly of PERFUME in this regard. I'm just not great with demons and sorceresses, so the "...

Blair rated it ★★★★★

September 26, 2017

A completely absorbing and extremely well-told tale that evokes the era of late 17th century Paris brilliantly and is appropriately soaked in blood and desperation. I can see this being a hit worldwide.

Danielle rated it ★★★★☆

December 29, 2017

A beautifully evocative and compelling story exploring myth and mysticism, ignorance and power. A story that left me wanting more.

Andrew rated it ★★★★★

September 04, 2017

An amazing and dark journey into a world that's lost to us today: the pre-rational superstition and magic of late 17th century France. Womersley brings to life the arresting sights and odours of this vanished world and his own magic is being able to create the sudden and unpredictable collisions...

Di rated it ★★★☆☆

August 15, 2017

This book was compared to the books of Hannah Kent and Ian McGuire and so I had high expectations. Also, I enjoyed Womersley's earlier book Bereft very much. I was unsure of the genre that Womersley intended with the book. At first I thought it was intended to be historical fiction and beginning...

Boy rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 16, 2017

The premise had promise but it failed to deliver. The key issue with the book centres around the main character and the concept of magic-realism. Magic-realism normally dictates that elements of magic are woven into the story such that the characters don't question them and they seamlessly merge...

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