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    • ISBN:9781473616462
    • Publication date:04 Oct 2018

Songwoman: a stunning historical novel from the acclaimed author of 'Skin'

By Ilka Tampke

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A thrilling historical novel and the sequel to Skin, perfect for fans of Outlander and Game of Thrones.

A thrilling historical novel and the sequel to the critically acclaimed Skin, perfect for fans of Outlander and Game of Thrones.

Since the slaughter of her people, Ailia has been living, alone, in the forest. It is a time of deep healing and communing with the earth and its spirits - the Mothers. But now, Ailia has regained enough strength to return to the tribes, and rejoin the war.

She goes to Llanmelin, a major tribal centre in southeast Wales, where the British war king, Caradog has been leading a bitter guerrilla campaign against the encroaching Roman army.

Ailia and Caradog begin a passionate relationship - but as the Roman general Scapula becomes ever more determined to claim the rich roils of Wales, pressure mounts for a final battle that will determine the future of Britain.

As the battle approaches, Ailia must use her powers to protect, forever, what is most sacred amongst her people. The future of Britain will depend upon her success.

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  • ISBN: 9781473616479
  • Publication date: 28 Jun 2018
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton

Praise for Skin:

'A visceral tale of ritual, magic and violence

— The Sunday Times
A convincing world... [Readers will] enjoy Tampke's skill in weaving the otherworld with this one — The Times
'A page-turning novel of transcendence and change — Guardian
'A tender, lyrical novel' — S Magazine
'A tale as evocative as it is compelling' — Starburst
Engaging and thrilling...a subtle blend of reality, fantasy, romance and action, Ilka Tampke's first novel is a beautiful read. She has created a mystical world that's certain to charm most readers — Sci-Fi Now
A thrilling debut, it throbs with the passions of a young woman's sexual awakening and paints a brutal world teeming with enticing detail... those who root for Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen will find much to love — New Daily, AU
I am in awe of Ilka's ability to recreate a Britain of AD43... a great book — Cecilia Ekback
A mesmerising read, set in a distant past that feels both real and magical. Filled with drama and passion, it is also an intensely soulful story about courage, sacrifice and belonging. I was captivated — Antonia Hodgson
'I am hooked! [Ilka] is an amazing writer' — Karen Maitland
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