About the book
Plain Kate lives in a time afraid of magic.
She has a gift for carving ‘lucky’ wooden charms. Known as Witch-Blade, her unusual gift attracts dangerous attention in a place where witches are burned. When her village falls on bad times, suspicion falls on Kate. Scared for her life, she seeks the help of a mysterious stranger.
In exchange for her shadow, the stranger will assist her. But Kate soon becomes part of a terrifying plan, darker than she could ever have dreamed.
First published in the USA as Plain Kate, this is the heartfelt story of an orphan ‘witch-child’ and her cat, caught in a time afraid of magic.
“Truly, madly, deeply felt loss saturates the novel, scarring its characters … demonstrates a mature, haunting artistry ... Kate’s adolescent struggles for acceptance, companionship, love and vocation are achingly, believably familiar and real ... ”
NEW YORK TIMES
“... a refreshing, complex, lovely and satisfying novel that explores sacrifice, identity, belonging, and more in a lyrical and enchanting style.”
“... a dark and complex tale, full of violence ... Kate is undeniably a sympathetic character deserving of happiness...”
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