2020-today All eBook English High school (grades 9+) Novel Print

The Short Knife

The Short Knife is a historical novel set at the beginning of the Dark Ages, after the Romans have left Britain to its fate, which means marauding Saxon tribes. It charts the progress of two ‘British’ speaking sisters – the language which will develop into Welsh – who get separated, one ending up as a slave in an invading tribe, who has to learn the saxon language to survive. Chance brings them together at the end, in a surprising – but violent – situation.

Year of Release: 2020

Author(s): Elen Caldecott


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The target is 14+, but it is likely to appeal to an adult readership too.
Also in Kindle format.

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