The Maker of Swans
by Paraic O'Donnell
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Pub Date 14 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 31 May 2022
“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.
About the Author:
Paraic O'Donnell is the author of The House on Vesper Sands. He lives in Wicklow, Ireland with his wife and two children, and can usually be found in the garden.
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"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
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Average rating from 12 members
Enigmatic, atmospheric book about Mr. Crowe, who is a kind of wizard, his faithful servant Eustace, and their ward Clara, a girl who herself has magical powers to create living things. Mr. Crowe kills someone in violation of the magical code, and Eustace must scramble to protect Clara at all costs. Clara, who is mute, has a rich interior world that draws in the reader, and Eustace also proves to be a fascinating character as his backstory is slowly filled in.
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