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Kingdom of Shadows

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What to expect

Gorgeous repackage of Barbara Erskine’s first novel, blending history, family legacy and contemporary passion

In a childless and unhappy marriage, Clare Royland is rich and beautiful – but lonely. And fueling her feelings of isolation is a strange, growing fascination with an ancestress from the distant past. Troubled by haunting inexplicable dreams that terrify – but also powerfully compel – her, Clare is forced to look back through the centuries for answers.

In 1306, Scotland is at war. Isobel, Countess of Buchan, faces fear and the prospect of untimely death as the fighting surrounds her. But passionate and headstrong, her trials escalate when she is persecuted for her part in crowning Robert the Bruce, her lover.

Duncairn, Isobel’s home and Clare’s beloved heritage, becomes a battleground for passions that span the centuries. As husband Paul’s recklessness threatens their security, Clare must fight to save Duncairn, and to save herself from the powers of Isobel…

Critics Review

  • Praise for Barbara Erskine

    The Warrior’s Princess:

    ‘An engrossing race against time’ Woman and Home

    ‘This is one of the most gripping page-turners I’ve read’ Sun

    Barbara’s many bestsellers:

    ‘A riveting timeslip novel’ Fanny Blake

    ‘Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson’ Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times

    ‘Stephen King meets Ruth Rendell’ Frank Delaney

    ‘Barbara Erskine’s storytelling talent is undeniable’ The Times

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