"Shortlisted for the Indie Fiction Book of the Year Award and the Australian Women's Weekly Great Read
A haunting tale of love and witchcraft – about the lengths to which a mother will go to rescue her child, and the lengths to which a damned man will go to save his soul.
“There’s murder, child sacrifice, witchcraft, plague, poison, black magic, abortion, executions, torture and Tarot… Chris Womersley’s haunting novel City of Crows will take you into a nightmare labyrinth where superstition rules and where it seems the Devil calls the tune” THE AUSTRALIAN
“His writing is poetic and original; his insights into human character are true. Charlotte and Lesage shine as subtle, believable, likeable characters: cruel and treacherous but also funny and touching.” THE MONTHLY
“Written at a cracking pace... another beautifully written book from a master storyteller” AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW
“A harrowing adventure and an enchanted exploration of the seductive worlds of faith, hope, love, lust and longing.” ADELAIDE ADVERTISE
“Inspired by real people and historical incidents, City of Crows is a novel of rare craftsmanship, with an enthralling plot, empathetic characters, a fascinating setting – in terms of both time and place – and the darkly dramatic appeal of the occult and the supernatural.” GOOD READING MAGAZINE
“The characters are flawed and human. Womersley is an astute observer of human nature; his dialogue is sharp; his prose sings. His seventeenth-century Paris is a stinking cesspool of debauchery: Hieronymus Bosch in literary form. This book is fabulous.” READINGS BOOKS
“A brilliantly compelling read” AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S WEEKLY MAGAZINE
“A gothic masterpiece” BETTER READ THAN DEAD
“Rooted in historical fact this is a novel that entrances you, bewitches you and keeps you thoroughly enthralled” PAGES AND PAGES"