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High Crag Linn by Margaret McAllister

High Crag Linn

by Margaret McAllister

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A brutally harsh story, set in fifteenth century England, challenging to read – but so worthwhile.

Hawk Jankin is determined to regain ownership of his family’s castle, lost to them many years ago. With a group of rough outlaws, he lays siege to the castle, and demands to wed Anna, which will regain him his right to the castle. Anna agrees, in the hope it will bring peace to her people’s lives. But an act of revenge by Hawk results in a terrible loss, and the story goes on to examine issues of guilt, remorse, regret and forgiveness.

The historical details are deftly interwoven into the story, giving a natural flow to the narrative. The cruelty and brutality of the times is confronted boldly and can be quite difficult to read, and the tension of the story makes it a real page-turner. ( )
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In a 15th-century England scarred by civil war, Hawk Jankin tries to take possession of a castle he believes is rightfully his. He offers to marry Anna, the daughter of the castle's owner to claim her inheritance. Desperate to protect the local villagers from his raids, Anna agrees. But Jankin's ambitions are thwarted by Thomasin, Anna's enterprising maid. In his desire for revenge he sacks the castle, making an appalling discovery in the burning ruins. Fleeing the consequences of his actions, Jankin even contemplates death at the local waterfall, High Crag Linn. But a strange encounter and his companion's uncharacteristic change of heart at the same spot combine to set him on a very different path. Instead of escaping his guilt he is forced to confront it in very different but equally dramatic circumstances.

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Set in 15th century England, two girls lives are changed forever when their village is ransacked.

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