I reviewed ‘Plague Land’, the first book in the Oswald de Lacy series back in 2014. Having loved this novel I recently bought ‘The Butcher Bird’ which came out in paperback on the 7th April of this year.
It is now 1351 and life continues as it has been doing at Somershill Manor. Oswald is doing his very best to continue to run a struggling estate. However, with a socially ambitious mother, an overbearing sister and a mutinous workforce who are demanding higher wages, this doesn’t prove to be very easy and certain things are beyond his control.
When a baby is found impaled on a thorn bush word soon gets around and people start claiming that they have seen a huge creature in the skies. It is up to Oswald to find out the truth and quickly before more murders are committed. Is there such a thing as The Butcher Bird or is there something even more sinister at play?
I could have screamed with joy when I saw ‘The Butcher Bird’ in Waterstones. Having thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series I was expecting great things and I’m really happy to say that my expectations were more than met. This was an absolutely fantastic read with some shocking revelations and a number of twists and turns. Throughout the story you are reminded about what happened in ‘Plague Land’ which is good because it means you don’t need to refer back to it.
It was interesting seeing the character of Oswald de Lacy developing. He really did have a lot put on him at a young age but I think he coped pretty well. I loved reading about the journey to London from Somershill. I thought it to be very descriptive and fascinating. I also enjoyed meeting a number of the same characters.
The author has written another interesting historical note which you will find at the back of the book. I do like that she does her research and that a number of events that took part in the story actually did happen. There is also a useful glossary at the back too.
S D Sykes has done it again by writing yet another brilliant book. I don’t mean to wish the rest of the year away when it is already going so fast, but I really can’t wait for the next instalment in this series which is due out in early 2017.
You really should read ‘Plague Land’ first before starting this book.
I give this book 5 out of 5.