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A Game of Sorrows

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781849167215

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 2nd September 2010

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Second historical thriller in the Alexander Seaton series sweeps the hero back to his roots in Ulster, and a family living under a curse and riven with long-held secrets

It is 1628, Charles 1 is on the throne, and the British Crown is finally taking control of Ulster.

Returning to his rooms one night, Alexander Seaton is shocked to find a stranger standing there – a man who could be his double. His name is Sean O’Neill, and he carries a plea for help from Maeve O’Neill, forbidding matriarch of Alexander’s mother’s family in Ireland. All those who bear their blood have been placed under a poet’s curse: one by one they are going to die. Only Alexander is immune, his O’Neill heritage a secret from all but his closest family.

Alexander travels to Ulster, to find himself at the heart of a family divided by secrets and bitter resentments. As he seeks out the author of the curse, he becomes increasingly embroiled in the conflict until – confronted with murder within his own family – his liberty and, finally, his life, are at stake.


MacLean has the first-rate historical novelist's gift ... she communicates her passion for the period without downplaying its brutishness
Daily Telegraph
Combines the ironclad plotting of Sansom with the artful recreation of Mantel ... MacLean once again demonstrates she is a distinctive talent
A fine, rich, beautiful historical thriller
Manda Scott