My Swordhand Is Singing

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“He came to the gate of the graveyard. There could be no doubt. The wool ran over the fence… Dumbly, he gripped it as if it were a lifeline, when in reality it was leading him towards death itself…”

In the bitterly cold Transylvanian forest Tomas and his son, Peter, arrive in Chust and despite the hostility of the villagers settle there as woodcutters. Tomas digs a channel of fast-flowing waters around their hut so they have their own little island kingdom.

Peter doesn't understand why his father has done this, nor why his father carries a long battered box everywhere they go, and why he is forbidden to know its mysterious contents. But when a band of gypsies comes to the village Peter's hard existence is turned upside down.

Drawing on extensive research of the vampire legend which permeates traditions throughout the world and set in the forbidding and remote landscapes of the 17th century, this is also the story of a father and his son, of loss, redemption, resolution, and the acceptance of death.
A heart-stopping read.
The Times
Like Pullman, Sedgwick draws characters so magnetic that readers will find it hard to look away.
Booklist
Winner of the Booktrust Teenage Book Award
Winner of the Renfrewshire Book Award
Shortlisted for:
The CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Award
The Brilliant Book Award, Nottingham
The Southern School’s Book Award
The Manchester Book Award
The South Lanarkshire Book Award
The Calderdale Book of the Year Award
The Salford Children’s Book Award
The Surrey Book Award