It’s 1647: a time of bitter civil wars in England. Village blacksmith Wayland returns from army service to find his wife, Rebecca, murdered, his son traumatised and struck dumb. Wayland’s brooding desire for revenge is thwarted by the collapse of law and a dearth of clues to her sadistic killer. Thwarted, that is, until the villagers ask him to investigate a runaway horse. Searching for its rider, he discovers instead the body of a young boy, cut with the same symbols as Rebecca’s body was. Clues abound now - and confuse: witchcraft, religious hatred and the enmities of civil war.
Wayland sets out on a perilous journey to find the killer, taking with him his son Jonathan and Alun, a canny Welsh baker. But just as they find their first suspect, they are trapped in the brutal Siege of Colchester, facing ever more dangerous challenges. Wayland, Alun and Jonathan must draw on all their strengths, devise new strategies and make agonising decisions - if they are to stay alive and find the real killer before he strikes again.
Wayland's Revenge, by Lesley Lodge
Lesley Lodge grew up in the New Forest, an area of outstanding natural beauty, where ponies roam freely. Her love for the outdoors, and horses in particular, stems from this special place.
A First Class degree in English, two Master's degrees, and a career spanning journalism, economic research and housing policy, have equipped Lesley with wide ranging research skills – skills which she employs to the full in her thrilling work, Wayland’s Revenge.
Lesley is also a published writer of short stories, and lives on a smallholding bafflingly close to Luton, Bedfordshire.