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The Falcons of Fire and Ice Paperback – 28 Mar 2013
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Scarily good. Imagine The Wicker Man crossed with The Birds (Marie Claire)
Ripping . . . full of colour and detail (Daily Telegraph)
A gem . . . meticulously researched (News of the World)
Captivating, unforgettable, truly compelling (In Style)
Irresistible (Sunday Telegraph)
About the Author
Karen Maitland travelled and worked in many parts of the United Kingdom before finally settling in the beautiful medieval city of Lincoln. She is the author of The White Room, Company of Liars, The Owl Killers and The Gallows Curse. The latter three titles are available as Penguin paperbacks.
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One of the cave scenes was almost too horrific for me (I get nightmares sometimes) but I was so gripped by the book that I let my mind skim that part and I am so glad I did. What is so horrible about the way the prophetic sisters look? My mind created monsters worse than the reality and that is part of Karen Maitland’s gift. She involves the reader and her insinuations worm their way into your mind, worrying away beneath the surface so that you can’t put the book down until you know the truth. Which of the men on the boat with Isabella has been sent to murder her? All these mysteries draw you into the story.
The history is fascinating and a masterclass in authentic historical background that is never intrusive. **Disclosure** I am fascinated by the falcons and their history so enjoyed the chapter openings, with snippets of medieval falconry and stories. If you want to skip these more informative bits, you could. The auto da fé must be the lowest point in Christian history and its suffocating pressure in Portugal to betray your neighbours before they betray you sets the tone from the start of the novel. Ironically, the persecution is reversed in Iceland, where Catholics are forbidden. This makes its own point as to the lunacy of religious persecution.
I love the reluctant assassin, an unreliable narrator, who lies to himself never mind everybody else, and yet is so charming. The ending is perfect and I am still writing the story in my unruly imagination. Truly great writing.
Isabela is a brave and resourceful young girl who immediately sets out on a quest that seems almost impossible, despite her life being turned upside down. As well as the quest itself, there are those who wish to see her fail and others who intend to make sure that she does not complete the task. Isabela's fate is entwined with Ricardo, a likeable adventurer, and a mysterious woman chained in a cave whose sister has been possessed. Like Karen Maitland's previous novels, this contains more than a hint of magic and the supernatural. She manages to portray both the fear of the Inquisition at that time, when persecution, informers and fear of arrest overshadowed the country and the untamed beauty of Iceland, with menacing, volcanic mountains and marshy land ready to pull you into the depths. The two countries seem outwardly very different, yet both contain religious intolerance and superstitions, as well as a dread of those who are different.
In some ways, Falcons reminded me most of "Company of Liars" as Isabela travels with companions, unsure of which are her enemies and suspicious of everyone. It has the same sense of dark menace and tension, excellent characters and wonderful, evocative locations. I am sure all fans of Karen Maitland's books will love this as much as I did. This is brilliant historical fiction, with a twist of magic that gives it the authors own particular flavour. A real winner and highly recommended.
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