The Scar-Crow Men

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Transworld Publishers Limited, 2012 - Changelings - 420 pages
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Supernatural action and adventure meets brilliantly researched historical fiction in the second novel in the genre- busting Swords of Albion trilogy. 1593. Walsingham has been dead for two years and a new mood of suspicion and mistrust sweeps through England's network of spies. No one feels safe. Even the great Will Swyfte must watch his back. Then Will's best friend, playwright and spy Kit Marlowe is accused of being a double agent and Will knows he must act... but too late, Marlowe is killed in a pub brawl that has all the hallmarks of an assassination. Going in search of Marlowe's killer, Will discovers that key members of England's ruling class, including many of Walsingham's men, are not who they claim to be: they look -- and act -- the same but they are changelings, straw men brought to hideous life through the vile magick of the Unseelie Court. In an atmosphere of growing paranoia, Will is branded a traitor and goes on the run.

The glass has turned: he must uncover the true nature of this supernatural conspiracy or the executioner's block awaits. Will Swyfte -- swordsman, adventurer, scholar, rake, and the greatest of Elizabethan England's new breed of spy -- and his comrades in covert arms must once again venture forth into the dark, deadly world of the vengeful Unseelie folk in defence of Queene and Countrie!

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Review: The Scar-Crow Men (Swords of Albion #2)

User Review  - Clare Neilson - Goodreads

The Scar-Crow Men picks up from the previous book a good 2-3 years after The Sword of Albion. The old spymaster passed away after falling ill, and his replacement seeks only to advance himself in the ... Read full review

Review: The Scar-Crow Men (Swords of Albion #2)

User Review  - Goran Zidar - Goodreads

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was looking forward to reading book 2 and continuing the adventures of "England's Greatest Spy", but I would have to say that this book was not as ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

A two-time winner of the British Fantasy Award, Mark Chadbourn was raised in the mining communities of South Derbyshire, and studied at Leeds University before becoming a journalist. Now a screenwriter for BBC TV drama, he has also run an independent record company, managed rock bands, worked on a production line and as an engineer's 'mate'. Mark Chadbourn lives in a forest in the Midlands. To find out more about him and his writing, visit

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