The Servant's Voice

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Q34. Can the poor ever get justice?
In the land of Ricossa, rich people use brutal & permanent methods to protect their secrets.
A pauper is knocked down & killed in a tavern. Drunken manslaughter or deliberate murder? The victim’s niece, Hridnaya, is determined to find out which.
But the case has already been closed. She’s an insignificant servant. She can’t read or write.
And she can't talk. More

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About Penelope Wallace

Penelope Wallace has lived in St Andrews, Oxford, Aberdeen and Nottingham. She is a pedantic bibliophile, a sometime lawyer, a not-completely-orthodox Christian, a wishy-washy socialist, a quiet feminist and a compulsive maker of lists. She has practised law in England and Scotland, in the fields of employment, conveyancing, and marine insurance litigation.

Her favourite authors include Jane Austen, Robin Hobb, Agatha Christie, Nancy Mitford, George RR Martin, JRR Tolkien, Marilynne Robinson, JK Rowling and the Anglo-Catholic Victorian Charlotte M Yonge.

She invented a world where the buildings and manners are medieval, but the sexes are equal.

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Stormswift reviewed on on Jan. 4, 2020

Wow! An intricate and incredible historical mystery - a stand alone book.

Ricossan society is brutal and cruel to the poor. Wealthy families (cretins!) want Voiceless servants so to keep their secrets. Can you guess how they mutilate a person to get such a servant? That's what was done to 12 year old Hridnaya - a bright intelligent girl who eagerly wanted to work to provide for her family.

Eighteen years after becoming a Voiceless servant for the b'Nida family, Hridnaya's uncle is killed. Murder or manslaughter and why? She wants to find out but she's an illiterate; mute and poor servant. Her courage; tenacity and sheer determination to find the truth make her the hero of the story.

She encounters various people on her journey; some kind; others treacherous and cruel (Mobira is a nasty piece of work!). Truths will be uncovered about more than just her uncle's murder but also about other innocent blood being spilled due to conspiracies by the monarchy.

There are references to the Christian faith in the book, but this not preaching to the reader. Instead one is left in doubt whether the wealthy Ricossans live up to the tenets of their faith.

I didn't like the cover art though - it seemed too plain to convey how great the story is!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
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