Phil Rickman: The Magus of Hay (UK 2013)
From the Publisher:
It's nearly forty years since Hay was declared an independent state by its self-styled king. A development seen at the time as a joke, a publicity scam. But behind this pastiche a dark design was taking shape, creating a hidden history of murder and ritual-magic, the relics of which are only now becoming horribly visible. It's a situation that will take Merrily Watkins - alone for the first time in years - to the edge of madness.ginning to crack, Merrily Watkins is persuaded to venture into areas where neither a priest nor a woman is welcome... to unearth secrets linked with the border's pagan past. Secrets which she knows can never be disclosed.
Phil Rickman: The Magus of Hay. Corvus Books; ISBN: 9780857898654 (November, 2013), 420 p., £18.99, eBook £11.99.