The Bloodletter's Daughter

By Linda Lafferty
(Lake Union Publishing, Paperback, 9781612184654, 512pp.)

Publication Date: September 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, MP3 CD, Hardcover

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In 1606, the grand city of Prague hides an ugly secret: the emperor s bastard son, Don Julius, is afflicted with a madness that pushes the prince to unspeakable depravity. Banished to a remote corner of Bohemia, Don Julius comes under the care of a bloodletter who works to purge the vicious humors coursing through the young royal s veins. When the prince meets the bloodletter s daughter Marketa, his madness sparks a frenzied and dangerous obsession. He believes Marketa embodies the women from the Coded Book of Wonder, a priceless manuscript from the imperial library that was the young prince s only link to sanity. As the prince descends further into the darkness of his mind, his acts become ever more desperate, and Marketa, both frightened and fascinated, can t stay away. Inspired by a true murder that rocked the Hapsburg dynasty, The Bloodletter s Daughter is a dark and richly detailed saga of passion and revenge."

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