My Swordhand Is Singing

“A heart-stopping read.”
The Times

“Like Pullman, Sedgwick draws characters so magnetic that readers will find it hard to look away.”



From left to right are the UK, US, Czech, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Oxford Playscript, Polish, Slovenian, Swedish and Turkish covers.


An original interpretation of the timelessly fascinating vampire myth, and a story of father and son. Winner of the Booktrust Teenage Prize and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

In the bitter cold of an unrelenting winter, Tomas and his son, Peter, arrive in Chust. Despite the villagers’ lack of hospitality, they settle there as woodcutters. But there are many things Peter does not understand. Why does Tomas dig a channel of fast-flowing waters around their hut so they live on an isolated island? Why does Tomas carry a long battered box everywhere they go – and refuse to tell Peter of its contents?

When a band of gypsies comes to the village, Peter’s drab existence is turned upside down. He is infatuated by the beautiful gypsy princess, Sofia, and intoxicated by her community’s love of life. He even becomes drawn into their deadly quest – for these travellers are Vampire Slayers, and Chust is a community to which the dead return to wreak revenge on the living.

Stylishly written and set in the forbidding and remote landscapes of the 17th century, this is a story of a father and his son, of loss, redemption and resolution.

Below is a trailer for a mini-play version of the book, produced at the Pop-Up Festival, King’s Cross, London.


Winner of The Booktrust Teenage Book Award and 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.