The Ravenmaster's Boy

Author(s): Mary Hoffman

Young Adult Fiction

Young Kit finds himself on a plague cart wedged between the bodies of his mother and father. But he is alive and is rescued and taken into the home of the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London. He soon finds he can speak the language of the big black birds, a skill which proves useful when he finds himself caught up in a story of queens and treason, princesses and executioners.There can be no change in the history of Henry Vlll's rst two wives but without Kit and the ravens another Tudor monarch might never have survived.


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Comes with a recommendation from Hilary Mantel: "The Ravenmaster's Boy is a dark but charming Tudor tale - history with a twist. The events of May 1536 - the days of the fall of the Boleyn regime - are still cloudy and mysterious, and it is possible that the birds of the air know as much as the rest of us about what really happened and why."Hilary Mantelauthor of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.

The tense political atmosphere of 1536 is so skillfully recreated in this story that it has that elusive page-turning quality, Henriette Gyland, Historical Novel Review; A skillfully imagined story of intrigue and magic. Figures familiar from history lessons are made vivid, breathing characters in this exciting story and, though we know how it ends for Anne, readers will be moved and saddened viewing events through Kit's eyes. This is proof of historical fiction's power to grip and entertain, Books for Keeps; The atmosphere in the Tower's grim precincts is thrillingly evoked, and Anne and her nemesis, Cromwell, are sensitively and shrewdly portrayed, Suzi Feay, Financial Times; Mary Hoffman's new novel, The Ravenmaster's Boy ... is such a perfect story that you barely notice you are reading ... It is inspiring to learn more about a famous part of history while also being treated to an exciting historical thriller, Ann Giles, The Bookwitch; A taste of history, a dash of magic and a delicate flick of gore, Lucille Turner, Bookmunch; A vibrant evocation of a familiar period of history. The School Librarian Summer 2017.

Mary Hoffman has written well over a hundred books including the internationally successful Stravaganza sequence, published in 30 languages. Her YA novels have been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and Costa Children's Book Awards; The Falconer's Knot also won the Prix Polar Jeunesse in its French translation, Crime Rouge.Mary runs the popular History Girls blog at

General Fields

  • : 9781911122135
  • : The Greystones Press
  • : The Greystones Press
  • : April 2017
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 224
  • : Mary Hoffman
  • : Paperback