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The Raven's Seal

The Raven's Seal

by Andrei Baltakmens

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"Baltakmens captures the flavor and scope of classic British fiction." --Kirkus Reviews

"This atmospheric, character-driven, and plot-twisty bildungsroman is a worthy paean to Oliver Twist and Great Expectations." --Booklist

When the body of Thaddeus Grainger's rival turns up stabbed to death in an alley just hours after their inconclusive duel, only one suspect comes to mind. Charged with murder, Grainger's fate is sealed before his trial even begins.

A young gentleman of means but of meaningless pursuits, Grainger is cast into the notorious Bellstrom Gaol, where he must quickly learn to survive in the filthy, ramshackle prison. The "Bells"--where debtors, gaolers, whores, thieves, and murderers all mix freely and where every privilege comes at a price--will be the young man's home for the rest of his life unless he can prove his innocence.

Despite his downfall, his friends--the journalist William Quillby and Cassie Redruth, the poor young girl who owes Grainger a debt of gratitude--refuse to abandon him. But before they can win his freedom, they must contend with forces both inside and outside the prison determined to keep Grainger behind bars and, at the same time, decode the meaning behind the crude wax seal that inspires terror in those who know its portent.

Set against the urban backdrop of late 18th-century England, The Raven's Seal unravels a tale of corruption, betrayal, murder, and--ultimately--redemption and love.


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Product Details

BN ID: 2940015487084
Publisher: Top Five Books
Publication date: 10/14/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 962,138
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Andrei Baltakmens was born in New Zealand and holds a Ph.D. in English literature focused on Charles Dickens. His first novel, The Battleship Regal, was published in New Zealand in 1996. He continues to publish short fiction and is currently a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

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