Oswald de Lacy

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3.5 out of 5 stars 32 ratings

Plague Land Summary

Oswald de Lacy was never meant to be the Lord of Somerhill Manor. Despatched to a monastery at the age of seven, sent back at 17 when his father and two older brothers are killed by the Plague, Oswald has no experience of running an estate. He finds the years of pestilence and neglect have changed the old place dramatically, not to mention the attitude of the surviving peasants. Yet some things never change.

Oswald's mother remains the powerful matriarch of the family, and his sister Clemence simmers in the background, dangerous and unmarried. Before he can do anything, Oswald is confronted by the shocking death of a young woman, Alison Starvecrow. The ambitious village priest claims that Alison was killed by a band of demonic dog-headed men. Oswald is certain this is nonsense, but proving it - by finding the real murderer - is quite a different matter.

Every step he takes seems to lead Oswald deeper into a dark maze of political intrigue, family secrets, and violent strife. And then the body of another girl is found.

SD Sykes brilliantly evokes the landscape and people of medieval Kent in this thrillingly suspenseful debut.

©2014 S D Sykes (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
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  • Book 1

    • Plague Land

    • By: S. D. Sykes
    • Narrated by: Ewan Goddard
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Oswald de Lacy was never meant to be the Lord of Somerhill Manor. Despatched to a monastery at the age of seven, sent back at seventeen when his father and two older brothers are killed by the Plague, Oswald has no experience of running an estate. He finds the years of pestilence and neglect have changed the old place dramatically, not to mention the attitude of the surviving peasants. Yet some things never change.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • It was not bad

    • By Sophie C Butcher on 16-12-14

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 2

    • The Butcher Bird

    • By: S D Sykes
    • Narrated by: Ewan Goddard
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Oswald de Lacey is growing up fast in his new position as Lord of Somershill Manor. The Black Death changed many things, and just as it took away his father and elder brothers, leaving Oswald to be recalled from the monastery where he expected to spend his life, it has taken many of his villagers and servants. However, there is still the same amount of work to be done in the farms and fields, and the few people left to do it think they should be paid more - something the King himself has forbidden.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enough twists & turns to keep me well entertained

    • By Tanny on 07-07-18

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 3

    • City of Masks

    • By: S D Sykes
    • Narrated by: Ewan Goddard
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    It's 1358. Oswald de Lacy, Lord Somershill, is in Venice awaiting a pilgrim galley to the Holy Land. While the city is under siege from the Hungarians, Oswald lodges with an English merchant and soon comes under the dangerous spell of the decadent and dazzling island state that sits on the hinge of Europe, where East meets West. Oswald is trying to flee the chilling shadow of something in his past, but when he finds a dead man on the night of the carnival, he is dragged into a murder investigation....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Nearly there but not quite

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-03-18

    Regular price: £19.99