The Executioner's Daughter

The Executioner s Daughter Thrilling adventure set in the underbelly of the Tower of London and on the Thames in Tudor timesMoss hates her life As the daughter of the Executioner in the Tower of London it s her job to catch th

  • Title: The Executioner's Daughter
  • Author: Jane Hardstaff
  • ISBN: 9781405268288
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thrilling adventure set in the underbelly of the Tower of London and on the Thames in Tudor timesMoss hates her life As the daughter of the Executioner in the Tower of London, it s her job to catch the heads in her basket after her father has chopped them off She dreams of leaving, but they are prisoners with no way out.Then Moss discovers a hidden tunnel that takes herThrilling adventure set in the underbelly of the Tower of London and on the Thames in Tudor timesMoss hates her life As the daughter of the Executioner in the Tower of London, it s her job to catch the heads in her basket after her father has chopped them off She dreams of leaving, but they are prisoners with no way out.Then Moss discovers a hidden tunnel that takes her to freedom, where she learns that her life isn t what she believes it to be and she doesn t know who to trust.Her search for the truth takes her on a journey along the great River Thames Could the answers lie deep in its murky depths

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    • Jane Hardstaff

      Jane Hardstaff grew up in Wiltshire with her brothers, hunting mayfly nymphs with her father and reading fairytales with her mother Now she lives in London s East End, near the great, wild River Thames inspiration for THE EXECUTIONER S DAUGHTER and RIVER DAUGHTER When she s not writing, Jane is a television producer All her work involves drinking tea and eating a lot of toast Her ideal dinner part guests would be Hermione Granger, Lyra Belacqua, David Attenborough, Seamus Heaney, Neil Gaiman, Queen Elizabeth I and Han Solo.

    751 thoughts on “The Executioner's Daughter

    • Received from: Egmont USAReceived Via: NetGalley THE REVIEWActual rating 2.5 starsWhy this book?When I saw this took place during the Tudor period I had to read itWhat I thoughtThe Executioner’s Daughter is a historical fiction with magical elements set in the Tudor period which appealed to me. Moss was a frustrating character; I couldn’t stand her to tell you the truth. Her father tells her he’s trying to protect her and what does she do? She runs away, little idiot! I love Salter though [...]


    • Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.If I learned anything from Jane Hardstaff's The Executioner's Daughter, it's that Egmont and I define 'thrilling adventure' very differently. I mean no offense, but I struggled with this piece, more so than I care to admit considering it is young adult lit. I'd considered abandoning it early on over its juvenile prose alone, but when push comes to shove I'm a bit of a stubborn mule and surrender doesn't come easy.I suppose the biggest difficul [...]


    • This middle grade novel starts like a historical novel. Moss lives with her father in the Tower of London. Anne Boleyn is still alive, but rumors hint that it won't be for long. Moss is frustrated by her life, circumscribed by the bounds of the tower. Even worse, she has to catch the heads (in a basket) of the people her father executes.Then THE EXECUTIONER'S DAUGHTER takes a turn for the supernatural. The folkloric nature of that which lies in wait for Moss makes this seem like a natural transi [...]


    • This was an exciting and action-packed read, with ages 9 to 12 in mind. It is historical fiction with magical elements, taking place during the Tudor period. At the centre of it all, is our young heroine, Moss, who is plucky, stubborn, and courageous. As daughter of the Tower of London’s Executioner, Moss is tasked with removing the heads of those beheaded, earning her the moniker of “basket girl.” Wanting to escape a life shrouded in death, Moss finds a way beyond the Tower walls, and goe [...]


    • -POTENTIAL SPOILERS- I was surprised when I saw all the hate for this book! While it's not the greatest book I've read, I don't think it deserved all the negative reviews. Most also categorized this as a YA novel, and I even found this in my library's YA section, but I don't think it belongs there, it's very obviously a childrens' book, and while there's nothing wrong with that, I don't know why people keep categorizing it wrong. I'm also disappointed the sequel isn't available in America! While [...]


    • Moss is the executioner’s daughter. That’s right; she lives in the Tower of London in England with her father who serves King Henry VIII, and lately they are way too busy with executions. Her job is to catch the severed heads in a basket after her father chops them off, a job she detests. She longs to escape and see more of the world beyond the castle confines and cannot understand why her father forbids it. Even the scary stories about the Riverwitich who lives in the River Thames and who i [...]


    • Somewhere between three and four stars. I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it. The story was enjoyable but predictable. The characters were a little flat but I did enjoy Moss' growth by the end of the book.Moss is the executioner's daughter. She catches heads after they've been removed from their bodies, but longs for freedom. The story takes a paranormal twist that I did not expect, with the introduction of a 'witch' and a curse. Not surprisingly, I enjoyed the deviation from the usual historical [...]


    • This has to be one of the greatest books of all time!!!!It's starts out with a basket girl named Moss during King Henry the 8th's reign, the daughter of the kings executioner, knowing only that she is to stay inside the walls of the castle because she and her father are prisoners.Over the course of the book, she runs away, meets Anne Boleyn, and makes a bond with a thief, all while fleeing from the river witch to go back to the place she was born. But in the end, is the witch really chasing her [...]


    • Honestly, this was not the best book. Although the end was heartwarming, the majority of the book was boring and hard to get through. I read this in bookclub, and no one really liked it. Everyone said the end changed it. But I can't get past the beginning of the book. I feel as though there was maybe to much detail, and maybe not enough action. Also this book had a different cover when I read it. Not a fan of this cover. If you read it, prepare to cry. Also don't quit, it is all worth it in the [...]


    • DNF - I did not finish the novel as I could not get into the story or the characters. It may be due to the fact it is written for children and not one that is for all ages. Based on other reviews I stopped reading as I don't think I will enjoy it. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this book.


    • What an interesting, interesting fable-like patch of folklore this is. Woven with magic and set against the tumultuous life of London’s ominous tower, Moss and her blacksmith father ( not to mention Salter, the sly river rat) pepper an unforgettable children’s tale. Lush, sparse and so vivid, this reminded me why I love Children’s Literature as much as I do. title provided by Netgalley


    • Moss is an easy to relate to, fierce character. Her role as the basket girl in catching the heads the executioner/Pa chops off is morbidly interesting. There are several passages that are so well written that you can't help but want to share them. Passages of suspense and "hooks" that intrigue the reader are prevalent throughout the story. The descriptions of the variety of settings is extensive and producers many opportunities to visualize. In addition, the historic elements of the Tudor lifest [...]


    • I read this book a while ago ~ but im new to this app i decided to write this now. I recently just finished reading Jane Hardstaff's second book 'River Daughter' for the second time, - both books in the series never get boring. I was sitting in class reading my book when i suddenly finished it right before my teacher asked me to read to her - i jumped to the book shelf and didnt look at the title or anything and just started reading it to my teacher - from then on i was hooked, i couldn't even p [...]


    • This book has some interesting aspects, including a great premise and a spectacular setting, but suffers from not quite knowing what it wants to be. The plot meanders; themes change as the novel progresses; the magical elements appear and disappear; too many characters make only cameo appearances; and while its grittiness and grisliness seem more suited for young adults, the writing and the plot (such as it is) are clearly aimed at middle grade readers.


    • Great book to read! Interesting how a girl has to go through the hardships of life, even if she is lied to her who life. I love how there is a good ending to Salter and Moss. I especially love how Salter talks to Moss all the time. " Hey leatherboots, is that you?" I also enjoy that Moss has to go through despair, and then she runs away from home, even though she goes near the river. I would recommend this book to anyone who would love a great twist to read. This is such a great book, so, go ahe [...]


    • When I first got the book, I read the reviews on here and I assumed I wouldn't like it. Nevertheless I continued to read it and now I can say I loved it. Its a great book, although at times I had to reread some parts because my mind couldnt process it.


    • As a YA read, this novel had a little bit of everything - history, fantasy, family dynamics & teenage friendship. It was well written & carried you along at a rapid rate. You really had a sense of being a part of Tudor England. Would definitely recommend to readers around 13+


    • The main issue with this book is Moss, the heroine. Although she is believable as a frustrated pre-teen, she's also obnoxious, and comes off as ungrateful. While it makes sense for her age, it doesn't make her a character I want to read about.



    • Plucky heroine and colorful sidekick, fascinating information about executing people, time period comes alive, Anne Boelyn - happy to see that there may be a series!


    • Interesting characters and great setting with lots of potential, but no where near as tense and gripping as it needed to be.


    • Although this book was good, the fantasy with the Riverwitch didn't really get me spooked. I didn't really get sucked into this book, and so it's just a 3 stars from me. :)


    • This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three- [...]


    • I don't care whether it's called middle grades or YA, it was enjoyable to read as an adult. The story is interesting, and the description vivid. It walks the line between historical fiction and fairy tale/supernatural novel in a delightful way. I passed it on to my 13-year-old daughter to read next.


    • The title of the book caught my attention right away, "The Executioner's Daughter". Can you even imagine having that "title as a child?" That's bad enough, but when I read on further and found out that she was the one who collects the heads of those chopped off by her father in a basketwell I certainly was hooked and had to read on.riguing tale for sure.This novel mixes historical facts with adventure, supernatural interventions, loyal friendships and strong parental love. This fantasy adventure [...]


    • **3.5 stars**Originally posted at: iliveforreading/2The Executioner's Daughter has been on my shelf for AGES, and so I finally decided to pick this one up after realising how long it's been there. Guilt totally eating me away! Anyway, I really enjoyed this one. It was a really quick read too–the font in the advanced copy is pretty big, so I was done with this one within two hours. I didn't really know what to expect with this one, so I was pleasantly surprised with what was in store.The settin [...]


    • The Executioner's Daughter was actually kind of painful to get through, because I was so very bored with it. Does that make sense? Well, no, not exactly, because this book took place in a fascinating era, with characters who had fascinating pasts, and there was potential for a fascinating plot. 'Fascinating', however, this book was not. The problem is that despite the fact that this book has so much going for it, it drags on with useless pages and not enough plot. The blurb sits on a throne of l [...]


    • I have mixed feelings about The Executioner’s Daughter, but I think those are largely a result of being fifty-plus years old and having definite ideas about how Tudor England should be portrayed. For younger readers (the publisher recommends grades 3 through 7), this book is going to be an exciting read.Moss, the central character, lives with her father in the Tower of London. He’s the executioner, which makes her the “Basket Girl,” the one responsible for carrying decapitated heads back [...]


    • The Executioner’s Daughter follows the watery adventures of Moss and her rascally sidekick, Salter, as they face scary situations while evading a child snatcher and a Riverwitch. Ultimately, they find friendship and purpose to their lives beside the Thames in the reign of Henry VIII.Pitched as a sort of gothic horror for children with a dash of witchiness, the story is essentially a newly rendered fairy tale, based on real folkloric myths of river spirits, like Peg Powler or Jenny Greenteeth, [...]


    • Moss is a young girl who hates her life. She's a prisoner in the Tower of London, her father is the executioner, and it's Moss who has to catch the heads in her basket But when she discovers a hidden tunnel that takes her to freedom she also unearths a terrifying secret, and discovers that her life isn't what she believes it to be. It's only when she runs away from the Tower and meets the mouthy rascal called Salter that she learns the true value of freedom and choice. The Executioner's Daughter [...]


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