Mist Over the Water (Aelf Fen Series #2)

Mist Over the Water (Aelf Fen Series #2)

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by Alys Clare
     
 

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The second in a brand-new medieval mystery series from the author of the popular 'Hawkenlye' series - On Ely Island, the Normans are proclaiming their authority with the construction of a magnificent cathedral. When Morcar, fishing for eels nearby, is attacked, his cousin Lassair is sent to nurse him. Morcar tells Lassair a frightening tale of assassins in the dark… See more details below

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The second in a brand-new medieval mystery series from the author of the popular 'Hawkenlye' series - On Ely Island, the Normans are proclaiming their authority with the construction of a magnificent cathedral. When Morcar, fishing for eels nearby, is attacked, his cousin Lassair is sent to nurse him. Morcar tells Lassair a frightening tale of assassins in the dark and a brief vision of horror. Then the killers strike again, and, as the secret hidden within the walls of Ely Abbey claims more victims, Lassair is forced to face a challenge that she fears is far beyond her . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Norman plans to build a cathedral on the Isle of Ely in East Anglia lead to trouble in Clare’s less than compelling second medieval historical featuring apprentice healer Lassair (after 2009’s Out of the Dawn Light). When unknown assailants attack Lassair’s cousin Morcar while he’s fishing for eels one night, they leave him close to death. With Lassair’s teacher otherwise engaged, she must try to save Morcar’s life. After she succeeds in stabilizing her patient, 16-year-old Lassair turns her attention to identifying the men responsible for the assault and their motives. She soon learns that the culprits, who may be connected with a local monastery, are still looking to tie up loose ends by eliminating Morcar—and that they’re prepared to kill her as well. Clare (the pseudonym for British author Elizabeth Harris) has done a better job of creating interesting lead characters and settings in her Hawkenlye series (The Joys of My Life, etc.). (Feb.)
Booklist
Another outstanding entry in Clare's engaging Aelf Fen series, set during the Norman period in British history. Sixteen-year-old Lassair, an accomplished "healer," is sent to Ely Island to nurse her cousin, Morcar, after he is viciously attacked. Because it's too dangerous for Lassair to travel on her own, she is accompanied by Sibert, a young man she likes "most of the time." But Sibert has another motive for going to Ely: his father died there under mysterious circumstances before Sibert was born, and Sibert wants to find out what really happened. But his mission becomes secondary when Lassair discovers from Morcar that he may have been attacked because he witnessed a pale, white-haired youth being pulled into the Ely monastery, apparently against his will. What Lassair can't understand is why such a minor incident should provoke such a violent attack, and she determines to seek out the odd-looking young man, learn his story, and free him if he's being held captive. What she finds, however, is a terrible secret dating back decades, a secret that could have deadly consequences. This page-turning historical thriller from one of Britain's most talented popular-fiction authors ticks all the boxes with a riveting plot; fascinating period detail; engaging characters; and liberal doses of romance, magic, and mysticism. Recommend across genres to fans of historical mysteries and romances. Starred Review
Library Journal
The son of William the Conqueror is building an impressive cathedral on Ely Island. While fishing for eels, Morcar, cousin of apprentice healer Lassair, is horribly injured, and Lassair goes to tend him. What appeared to be an accident turns out to be an attempt on Morcar's life. VERDICT In this second entry in her Aelf Fen Norman series (after Out of the Dawn Light), Clare doles out enticing clues to keep the reader turning the pages. She also knows her medieval medicine, which should delight all fans of Ellis Peters and Susanna Gregory. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 10/1/09.]
Kirkus Reviews
A young medieval healer becomes involved in a dangerous political scheme. Lassair lives with and learns from her aunt Edild, a healer and herbalist of prodigious skill who sends Lassair to tend to her cousin Morcar, attacked and left for dead on Ely Island in the waterlogged Fen area of East Anglia. Accompanied by her friend Sibert, who lives with his mother and uncle Hypre, a sorcerer, she travels to Ely. The island is a-bustle with men building a huge new Norman abbey-a job that involves destroying the Saxon chapel of Saint Elfreda. Lassair saves Morcar, but the murder of several men who looked and dressed like him makes it clear that her cousin knows a deadly secret, presumably connected to his glimpse of the abbey's monks roughing up a pale lad. Lassair has Sibert take Morcar to safety while she meets and learns more about the simple young man. Sibert, whose father died after a battle at Ely, has his own reasons for returning. Between them they discover dangerous and heartbreaking secrets from the past. At length Lassair meets an attractive man who also seeks the pale boy, a pawn in a dangerous game that could lead to death for them all. The second in the Aelf Fen series (Out of the Dawn Light, 2009) is a worthy continuation of the entrancing story of Lassair, whose talents are both practical and mystical.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780100937
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Series:
Aelf Fen Series , #2
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
519,451
File size:
0 MB

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