The Executioner’s Daughter

by Jane Hardstaff (author)

Suitable for 11 - 18 years

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Magical and gory historical fantasy set amid the darkness of Tudor London. The heroine? Her job is to catch chopped-off heads. No wonder she wants to run away… Moss hates her life. And we don’t blame her. As the daughter of the executioner in the Tower of London, it’s her job to catch dead heads in her basket as they roll away. She dreams of escape, but she and her father are prisoners; condemned to die in the tower like the executed. Just much more slowly. Then Moss discovers a hidden tunnel that leads her to freedom, and to a great journey along the mighty River Thames. Could the truth about her past lie deep in its murky depths? Riveting stuff: gothic, horrifying yet laced with fairytale beauty.

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Egmont Books Ltd

Date published

January 30th, 2014

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AR book level: 4.4; Upper years; 8.0 points




  1. Kloe, Book Club Review Team
    on 24 February 2014

    Felt like I was in Tudor times

    I really enjoyed reading this book because it felt like I was in the Tudor times. It was so realistic. Moss was an executioner’s daughter in the tower of London. She had to catch the heads of the people, who had just been executed by her father in a basket. Moss’s father was keeping her imprisoned in his forge because of what had happened to her mother on the day she was born and the promise her father made. Moss’s mother died when giving birth to her. She needed help and the only person was the river witch, who had died years ago. The river witch helped but in return Moss’s father had 12 years to love and look after her until he must hand her over to her. Moss’ was angry when her father told her that she didn't have to stay in the tower and lied to her about being a prisoner so Moss ran away down a secret tunnel to the river. In the end the river witch took Moss but Moss remembered all the river witch wanted was someone to give her a real hug because when she was alive she had her son took off her. Surprisingly the river witch let Moss go. But unfortunate loads of other children had drowned before her because they struggled.

    I think this book is for any 9-12 year old boy or girl. It is very adventurous. It was good having this book because I'm doing about Henry the Eighth and the Tudor times at school.

    5out of 5

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