The Plague Charmer
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Told by many voices, some wise, some wicked, this is the story of a close community under unbearable strain. What is the breaking point where neighbours and even sisters will turn against each other? The older people remember the Great Plague of 1348, an unimaginable horror that decimated Europe, England and the village of Porlock. Now Porlock is threatened once again, but is this natural disease God’s will or the curse of a witch? A mother of lost sons, a religious fanatic, a dwarf ex-jester, a lonely noble woman and others each tell their side of this harrowing story. Charm and sensitivity run throughout the narrative making this a frighteningly believable story. Medieval Porlock is skilfully evoked and some of the landmarks of the story are still visible today. A moving and disturbing tale of humanity pushed to the edge of society and beyond collapses. Those who fear the fashionable modern ‘zombie apocalypse’ would do well to read this and remember that the past also held life-changing horrors. Exciting, enthralling, enticing, disturbing and enjoyable, this is a wonderful read. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
October 2016 Reading Group Book of the Month.
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- Margaret Freeman - 'Compelling reading, a fascinating medieval tale full of atmosphere and superstition. I thoroughly enjoyed it.'
- Victoria Whish - 'This dark tale of plague and suspicion wrapped up with the supernatural is guaranteed to chill the bones on a cold winter’s night. Light the candles, lock the doors and prepare to be 'charmed!'
- Cathy Petersen - 'A wonderfully entertaining tale of ancient curses and the things people will do when the lives of loved ones are at stake.'
- Sue Broom - 'A fast-flowing action story with lots of historical detail thrown in, entertaining and illuminating, I enjoyed its blend of fact and fiction.'
- Kerry Bridges - 'Another great novel by Karen Maitland and another one I highly recommend.'
- Sue Mooney - 'Absolutely brilliant! From the very beginning you simply won't want to put this book down.'
- Jane Gilman - 'Medieval noir at it's very best. I haven't read Karen Maitland before but I will be ordering everything I have missed. Deliciously frightening.'
- Janet Gilliard - 'This is a dense historical novel well written and worth persevering with.'
- Angela Rhodes - 'Once again Karen has managed to weave her magic, hold the readers hand and whisk them away, this time, to 1361, Porlock Wier, Exmoor...A gripping, tense story waits for those who enjoy legends and curses.'
- Marjorie Lacy - 'This one is up there with the greatest!! The author, Karen Maitland knows her subject, her writing is exceptionally good. There not a dull moment on any page.'
- Vikki Patis - 'I urge you to read this fantastic addition to Maitland's excellent collection. Dark and atmospheric, Maitland does it yet again with her chilling evocation of the Dark Ages.'
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The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland
The Plague Charmer, by Queen of the Dark Ages and bestselling author of Company of Liars, Karen Maitland, will chill and delight fans of Kate Mosse and C.J. Sansom in equal measure. 'A compelling blend of historical grit and supernatural twists' - Daily Mail Riddle me this: I have a price, but it cannot be paid in gold or silver. 1361. Porlock Weir, Exmoor. Thirteen years after the Great Pestilence, plague strikes England for the second time. Sara, a packhorse man's wife, remembers the horror all too well and fears for safety of her children. Only a dark-haired stranger offers help, but at a price that no one will pay. Fear gives way to hysteria in the village and, when the sickness spreads to her family, Sara finds herself locked away by neighbours she has trusted for years. And, as her husband - and then others - begin to die, the cost no longer seems so unthinkable. The price that I ask, from one willing to pay...A human life.
ReviewsA brilliant writer, with a real sense of history -- Susanna Gregory If you like dark, atmospheric, historical fantasy, then this is definitely one for you Daily Mail A dark read... fear and hysteria are portrayed with claustrophobic skill The Times
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Publication date20th October 2016
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