The Maker of Swans

ISBN:
9781953534200
Pub Date:
06/07/2022
List Price:
$27.95
Page Count:
368
ISBN:
9781953534262
Pub Date:
06/07/2022
List Price:
$27.95
Page Count:
368

 “Truly bewitching.” —David Mitchell 

It is no small matter, after all, to create something—to make it so only by setting down the words. We forget the magnitude, sometimes, of that miracle. 

In the dead of night, shots ring out over the grounds of a sprawling English estate. The world-weary butler Eustace recognizes the gunman—his longtime employer, Mr. Crowe—and knows he must think and act quickly. Who is the man lying dead on the lawn? Who is the woman in his company? Can he clean up his master’s mess like he always has before? Or will this bring a new kind of reckoning? 

Mr. Crowe was once famed for his gifts—unaccountable gifts, known only to the members of a secretive order. Protected and privileged, he was courted by countesses and great men of letters. But he has long since retreated from that glittering world, living alone but for Eustace and Clara, his mysterious young ward. He has been content to live quietly, his great library gathering dust and his once magnificent gardens growing wild. He has left the past behind. Until now. 

Because there are rules, even for Mr. Crowe and his kind, that cannot be broken. And this single night of passion and violence will have consequences, stirring shadows from the past and threatening those he now cares for. He and the faithful Eustace will be tested as never before. So too will Clara, whose own extraordinary gifts remain hidden, even from herself. If she is to save them all, she must learn to use them quickly and unlock the secret of who she is. 

It is a secret beyond imagining. A secret that will change everything.

Praise

  • Luxuriant.

    —The Guardian

  • Compulsive reading. . . . rich, strange, beautiful.

    —Helen Macdonald

  • I devoured this book and it kept me guessing right to the very end.

    —Laura Barnett

  • It starts with a bang and keeps going.

    —Jon McGregor

  • Dazzlingly.

    —Jane Casey, author of The Stranger You Know

  • Exquisite.

    —Liz Nugent, author of Unravelling Oliver

  • A mesmerizing book.

    —Sandra Newman

  • Has that wonderfully dark, magical feel to it.

    —ELLE

  • A powerful thriller.

    —Vogue