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The Plague Charmer by [Maitland, Karen]
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A 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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Ring the bells and lock up your homes. Karen Maitland, author of the bestselling Company of Liars, is back. And so is the plague...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2056 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Review (20 Oct. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01ARXVTNG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,739 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the first Karen maitland book I have read and it most definitely won't be the last. I can't remember when I enjoyed a book as much! It had everything that I absolutely love!
First and foremost for me is a good page turning story and this one is brilliant. I couldn't put it down.
Second most important for me is the quality of the writing and this is expertly crafted. To be honest good writing drives all the other components forward.
The historical detail was totally fascinating and so authentic. I felt like I really understood how these people thought. The setting of porlock at exmoor was equally fascinating in the way the people lived, the sense of community and their beliefs, values and superstitions.
The characters were well drawn, for the most part but that would be the only slight weakness in my opinion.
The novel was so atmospheric and dark. The writer created a very believable world of superstition, reality and the possibility of the supernatural.
I also loved the structure of the novel as it alternated between different characters' perspectives.
It was depressing as it was set during tg plague but also full of hope and it wasn't without a good deal of humour.
I cannot praise this book highly enough and I am so excited I am about to start on a Karen maitland journey.
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I enjoyed the book immensely - I love Will, the character for his wit and charm. His story is moving and I was intrigued by his formative years.
The whole story from start to finish draws you back in time. A wondeful mix of historical facts and witchcraft.
I will be reading Karen Maitland's other novels very soon!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The subject and characters were fascinating. A very memorable read that was poignant, shocking and haunting. Brilliant!
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Good read
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As always a really good. I have read all of Karen Maitlands books and have enjoyed every single one. Excellent storyline and characters .
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Great story with a lovely twist to the end enjoyed the sub plots and would highly recommend this great story
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Another brilliant book by this author!
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I’ve read and enjoyed all of Karen Maitland’s novels, but my favourites remain the early ones – The Company of Liars and the Owl Killers. I was pleased to see that she had returned to Medieval England for her latest book, The Plague Charmer, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Firmly grounded in historical fact, The Plague Charmer is set in 1361 in the village of Portlock Weir near Exmoor. The villagers earn their living from the sea and, as befits such an important influence in their lives, stories and superstitions abound regarding the power and vengeance the elements can bring. One day, following a ferocious storm, the body of a woman is rescued from the sea. At first the villagers think she’s dead but when she is revived she thanks them by confronting them with a terrible choice – she’ll protect the village from the oncoming pestilence if they sacrifice one of their own.

The shadow of the plague soon becomes a reality as many of the inhabitants of Portlock Weir succumb and Maitland doesn’t shy away from describing the horror of this most agonising and brutal of deaths. As usual with Maitland’s novels, there’s a large cast of colourful and eccentric characters, the most central of these is Will, a ‘fake dwarf’ who has been banished from his role as court jester to the local bigwig and now lives in a cave where he scavenges for a living. His arch nemesis is Matilda (aka ‘The Holy Hag’), a pious and vengeful woman who blames the return of the plague on the (in her view) wanton and ungodly ways of the villagers.
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