… a thrilling adventure set in Revolutionary Paris …
In this sequel to Sawbones (published in 2013), Catherine moves her characters from c18th England to c18th France and we follow the young surgeon, Ezra McAdam, to Revolutionary Paris. Here, the English are the enemy and Citizen Renaud is anxious to involve Ezra in his reanimation experiments for which the “National Razor” is creating a steady supply.
In this dangerous city of harsh poverty and unpredictable violence, can Ezra find and rescue his friends: the impetuous Loveday and high handed Prince Mahmoud?
Blade and Bone is a thrilling adventure involving complex, believable characters with an intriguing background of c18th fact. Catherine has a lightness of touch and she deploys her considerable knowledge to colour the story without weighing down the narrative. I particularly enjoyed the dashing Lieutenant Colonel Dumas of the American Regiment – a real person and, as Catherine explains in her epilogue, still today the highest ranking soldier of African descent in any European army. She has written more detail about the man here, in The History Girls blog.
Cover design moment: I loved this cover with its old engraving style and the clever use of colour to create a Tricolour impression. The wonderful illustrator is Royston Knipe. His website is here.
Blade and Bone was published on 6 October 2016 by Walker Books.