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Liars and Thieves (A Company of Liars short story) by [Maitland, Karen]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1231 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Review (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JOEKYPY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2014
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Company of Liars is my favourite novel by Karen Maitland, so I was thrilled to see that she has written a short story featuring the characters from her debut novel. It is winter, 1348, and the travelling companions are trying to outrun the plague across a bitterly cold and unwelcoming country – strangers being viewed as possible harbingers of pestilence. Currently, the group are in Rockingham Forest, Northamptonshire, when the mare pulling their wagon loses a shoe. Three of the group; Camelot, the peddler of relics, Zophiel the magician and Adele, the pregnant wife of artist Osmond, set off leading the lame animal to try to find a village. Staying behind are Osmond, the musicians Rodrigo and Jofre, the storyteller Cygnus and the child rune teller, Narigorm.

When Camelot and companions are captured by outlaws, hoping they carry more wealth than a few paltry coins, it looks like they are in danger. However, first they have to pit their wits against the sharp Zophiel and the truly frightening Narigorm. It was delightful to become reacquainted with these characters – I would absolutely love to see a sequel of Company of Liars. However, this short story is a good start and there is also a preview of Maitland’s new novel, “The Vanishing Witch.” A great read and longer than most short stories available on kindle.
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How fantastic to be back in the company of Camelot et al. This extended short story is a delight, though is permeated with the stench of the dark ages as we have come to expect from Karen's books. It is not a sequel to Company of Liars. In fact, it takes us back in time depicting an event early in the company's travels. The narrator is once again the enigmatic Camelot.

For me, Narigorm is one of the most terrifying figures in fiction. Knowing how Company of Liars ends, it is impossible to read this story without being fascinated and chilled by this figure of evil.

If ever a book cried out for a sequel it is COL. I have come across no other book which finishes on such a terrifying cliffhanger. But in the meantime, this novella is a welcome substitute and a great addition to Karen's compelling and startlingly original body of work. Thoroughly recommended.
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I really really enjoyed this - COL has been Karen Maitland's best book by far to date (I've enjoyed the other ones too) and it was nice to go back and revisit the characters.

I read COL a few years back and it surprised me how well I remembered all the characters and their traits.

The story takes place during the COL time frame and could have easily have been incorporated into the original novel.

I suspect you'd get much more enjoyment out of this if you're read COL first but it could stand on its own.

It's a 30 - 40 minute read and you'll be hooked the whole way. The plot revolves around some key characters being caught by robbers and takes some nice twists and turns along the way.

I have to say I like authors releasing short stories ahead of major new novels - I know Lee Child does this too.

There are a few chapters of a forthcoming book, the prologue is quite exciting but the 2 sample chapters are a little dull but they're just the story opener so I'm not worried and I'll be buying the new book on release.

If you read COL , you'll love this. If you haven't then go and do so now , it's amazing - then come back and read this !
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I love Karen Maitland books and Company of Liars is one that I've read countless times. It was lovely to get another little snippet and more of the story.
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Having read COL I was delighted to meet the characters again I have missed them . I would love another book on them. Although as I know about Camelot now that is one surprise I won't have again just also read the taster chapters of the new book can't wait to carry on bust gotta recharge the Kindle love this author's work Pam gittins
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A company of liars was (and still is) my favourite Karen Maitland story so far so naturally I bought this book. Unfortunately I thought it was going to be a sequel but in actual fact it reads like an extra chapter of the original book that had previously been missed out. Still worth the read though - please write the sequel Karen!
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I have just finished reading A Company of Liars which was gripping so I felt I just had to have some more! Liars and Thieves is a brilliant short story which could easily have fitted in as a chapter in the first book. Very clever of the Author. I do hope she writes another about 'Camalot' and the sinister Narigorm.
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Having been sorry, at the end of the original book,to part company of with the liars, it was wonderful to have this opportunity to be reacquainted with them! I only wished that there had been more - but there is a new novel from Karen Maitland to which to look forward very shortly.
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