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Four-and-20 extraordinary women; one chance to save a kingdom. What would you sacrifice to save your family, your loved ones, yourself? 

In September 1486, the reign of King Henry VII of England is again threatened by York loyalists. The only things standing in the way are a 400-year-old Sidhe who just wants to be left alone and a group of London women with a lot to lose if England is plunged back into war.

But, in 1486, women have no power. Only the ability to make difficult choices and sometimes-heartbreaking sacrifices. 

Become immersed in the fascinating, perilous lives of these women, as told through the medium of 25 interwoven short stories. A prostitute selling her daughter’s virginity to pay her debts; a nun returning to the world after 30 years; a laundress whose son is murdered; a lady’s maid hiding her Jewish culture; a blind musician running from a forced marriage; and more.

Each story is a piece in the puzzle. Each woman faces her own trials as she plays her small part in the desperate attempt to protect King Henry and his wife, Elizabeth of York. 

Because if they fail, England will once again be thrust into civil war between the Yorks and Lancasters. And these four-and-20 women have already sacrificed too much.

©2019 Aiki Flinthart (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Fascinating portrait of the lives of a brilliant cast of Tudor women - treason, intrigue, plots-within-plots, loyalty, courage and Sidhe magic...what more could you ask of a historical fantasy?" (Pamela Freeman, award-winning author of the Castings Trilogy)

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This is an extraordinary book

I had no idea what to expect but I am so glad I listened. Each story was so interesting - a peek into life for women in the 1400s. Then very quickly the stories of the women began to intertwine. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen. The grand finale did not let me down. Thank you for this wonderful book.

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Loved it, loved it, loved it! My favourite book this year. True escapism. Just buy it

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Amazing book

I love this book. I love Aiki’s use of language and how it varies from character.
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Overall the performances and good and the characters come to life one by one to bring the story to life.

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