Douglas Nicholas's first novel, Something Red, is a horror story set in 13th-century England. The narrative follows a band of four travelers as they attempt to cross the countryside at the same time a vicious "something" is in the area, brutally murdering those with whom the troupe has contact but never attacking the quartet directly. The leader of the company, an enigmatic woman named Molly, knows more about the killings than she readily admits, and determines to use her talents and those of her retinue to stop the slaughter.
The tale is told from the viewpoint of thirteen-year-old Hob, an orphan unofficially adopted by Molly. As the book opens, Hob has been touring with Molly, Molly's lover Jack, and her granddaughter Nemain (pronounced "NEV-an"), for just over a year. Hob is the only individual that readers come to know well; Nicholas does a brilliant job of creating a character ...
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