I very rarely write reviews, and then only for books I have enjoyed immensely, and that in my opinion stand out from the crowd. This is such a novel. Low-key, quiet and in many ways both sad and brutal, it brings to life a period of great change in England: the years just after the Black Death decimated the population and left fields and villages empty and unattended. It can also be considered a coming-of-age novel, and the events are narrated by the novel's young protagonist, someone who is irrevocably marked by the events he experiences, at the same time as he grows into his own power. But it is more than that as well, it is also a murder mystery.
This story will stay with me for a long time. I think this is a first novel, but I will definitely be looking out for more work from this author. Highly recommended for those who are love the combination of history, mystery, and excellent story-telling.