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The whole thing was also very grim and not exactly cheerful-ever! I wouldn't go as far as to say this ruined it for me, but it got to be a bit of a drag after a while, with all the horrible things happening and no hope of any reprieve. I think there should always be some hope in a story, otherwise what is the point of reading on?
The book is very slow to get started, partly because of the constant character head-hops. I didn't find the characters had particularly strong individual voices, and often lost track of whose head we were in. In fact, I didn't feel like any of the characters were fully developed, which was a shame.
The story seemed to jump around a bit- starting off with the Owl Masters but kind of losing them part of the way through. It took a while for the beguinage to become the obviously main theme of the book.
The overall sense for me, was that this book tried to do too much and ended up doing too little as a result. It wasn't as cohesive or in-depth as it could have been. It wasn't bad, but felt like a bit of a rushed effort overall.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I was hooked into the story right from the start. There is a lot of "setting the scene" which draws the reader into the atmosphere of a fourteenth-century English village - life is hard, brutal and short - the Lord takes what he wants, superstition and religion sit uneasily side by side. Into this centuries-old way of life come a group of "foreign women" - a number of Beguine women who want to found a community in the area. This upsets the balance of the way of life for too many people for them to want to allow it to continue; the women have intruded where superstition, religion and power do not necessarily want them. Something must be done.
The narrative is from the perspective of five characters - two of the Beguine women, the Lord's daughter, a young village girl and the local priest - and this really helps to bring home to the reader the vastly differing perspectives on life and God, and how life was really lived and "seen" by people in these times. Small circumspect lives lived in the midst of an arena they could not even begin to perceive; so it's no surprise that the clash of cultures, when it comes, is also brutal and harsh. I felt totally drawn into this book; the atmosphere, the characters, the way they lived, the way they perceived their lives and the lives of those around them. The reader really has to be taken into the century and the culture before you can understand and appreciate the vastness of the impending battle of wills and for power.
I'm really looking forward to more works by this author; I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a good story, or a good medieval story, or both.
For centuries, Ulewic has been ruled by both the lord of the manor and by the Owl Masters - a predatory, pagan group empowered by fear, blackmail and superstition to dispense a harsh form of law and order.
A group of religious women settles in a beguinage outside the village and when their crops succeed and their animals survive diseases, jealousy and conflict are brought to a head in Ulewic.
The author uses a multiple narrative voice flawlessly, each voice distinct and compelling. I engaged with every one of the characters, whose lives are drawn out smoothly and interwoven into the main story in an unobtrusive and enjoyable way.
Pagan and Christian ways intermingle and clash, the story steeped in witchcraft, heresy, mystery, suspense and tragedy. At times very dark and bleak, it also evokes human nature at its best, and explores the power of faith.
The author has vividly brought to life a medieval community where the mind was ruled by religion and superstition. Through simple, lyrical prose, she builds the plot to a conclusion that provides both resolution and the expectation of what might have happened next.
Karen Maitland truly knows how to write about what interests her, and I would highly recommend The Owl Killers to fans of historical fiction and the supernatural.
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