The Plague Charmer

The Plague Charmer A dark read fear and hysteria are portrayed with claustrophobic skill The Times The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland Queen of the Dark Ages and bestselling author of Company of Liars will chill and

  • Title: The Plague Charmer
  • Author: Karen Maitland
  • ISBN: 9781472235862
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • A dark read fear and hysteria are portrayed with claustrophobic skill The Times The Plague Charmer, by Karen Maitland, Queen of the Dark Ages and bestselling author of Company of Liars, will chill and delight fans of Ken Follett s A Column of Fire and The Witchfinder s Sister in equal measure.1361 An unlucky thirteen years after the Black Death, plague returns to Eng A dark read fear and hysteria are portrayed with claustrophobic skill The Times The Plague Charmer, by Karen Maitland, Queen of the Dark Ages and bestselling author of Company of Liars, will chill and delight fans of Ken Follett s A Column of Fire and The Witchfinder s Sister in equal measure.1361 An unlucky thirteen years after the Black Death, plague returns to England.When the sickness spreads from city to village, who stands to lose the most And who will seize this moment for their own dark ends The dwarf who talks in riddles The mother who fears for her children The wild woman from the sea Or two lost boys, far away from home Pestilence is in the air But something much darker lurks in the depths.

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    About “Karen Maitland

    • Karen Maitland

      Karen Maitland has recently moved to the wonderful county of Devon and has a doctorate in psycholinguists She is fascinated by the myth and magic of the Middle Ages, which she draws on for her novels She experienced the medieval lifestyle for real, when she worked for eighteen months in a rural village in Nigeria, living without electricity, plumbing or sanitation Her first medieval thriller was Company of Liars , was set at the time of the Black Death in 1348 This was followed by The Owl Killers , about the beguinages, the medieval cities of women The Gallows Curse is set in the reign of bad King John and Falcons of Fire and Ice , which is a dark thriller, set in Portugal during the Inquisition and Iceland at the time of the Reformation She is published by Michael Joseph Penguin.Karen is also one of six historical crime writers known as the Medieval Murderers Philip Gooden, Susannah Gregory, Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight and Ian Morson who together write an annual joint murder mystery novel, including The Sacred Stone , Hill of Bones and The First Murder published by Simon Schuster.

    698 thoughts on “The Plague Charmer

    • ''Owls know when death is coming.''Yes, beautiful sentence. It hooked my attention from the start. However, it is said that first impressions are usually deceiving, and in the case of ''The Plague Charmer'' I was deceived and disappointed.It is hard to write a review about a book that made you feel nothing. All the premises were there, after all. A mystery set in England during the era of the Great Pestilence, a strong heroine, a witch, a clever dwarf (Tyrion seems to have inspired one or two wr [...]

    • I have read all of Karen Maitland’s novels and enjoyed them – although none quite as much as her debut, “Company of Liars.” That said, this is an excellent return to an England when plague swept the land. Most of the story takes place in Porlock Weir, an isolated coastal village, and the nearby manor house – Porlock Manor, with an absentee lord, Sir Nigel Loring.This is a long and involved novel, with several storylines. One involves Porlock Manor and Sir Nigel’s newly married niece, [...]

    • 5 Reasons to read The Plague Charmer! You can also read the full post here on my blog.Reason #1: The AtmosphereAlthough it's hard to place yourself into the world of the story at first, simply because it's so dark, but still it pulls you in and overwhelms you. At times, it seemed I breathed the smell of the wet seaweed, felt the spray of the waves, sensed the cold gusts of wind. It's so incredibly atmospheric! I believe I have yet to read a novel about the middle ages that has pulled me in so mu [...]

    • But we have little use for truth here. Truth is only one story among many.Many moons ago I read Company of Liars by same author, and really liked it. So I may have gone in with high expectations. And to be fair the story had all the right elements: magical realism, religious fanatics, dwarfs and witches, yet I never felt totally drawn in. It may have been a case of too many characters and too many stories running simultaneously. The ending definitely picked up in pace, and I enjoyed the last 15% [...]

    • "What I have to offer you cannot be bought with coins. I have a price, but it is not to be paid in gold or silver." She swept her sea-cold gaze around the circle of villagers huddled in the firelight. "I will save this village if just one among you has the courage to give me what I ask."A brilliantly wrought fantasy--blissfully free of battle scenes--filled with the horrors of "The Great Pestilence," diviners, superstition, myth, charms, holy relics, and a banished court jester.Will was not born [...]

    • Not quite Company of Liars level but still a good tale all the same.Some of the characters felt a bit more one dimensional than in Maitlands other books but Will the Dwarf was a great character, sort of similar to Tyrion in Game of Thrones, generally shunned but still with a good heart .The setup was done quite well and I enjoyed the little cheeky take on the creation of folklore through story telling built in to the end.

    • 4.5 starsWhat makes a happy man sad, and a sad man happy? Why, time, of course, for all things pass. Just as the time of happiness passes, so does the time of sadness.1361 the Great Pestilence returned after a 13 year reprieve. A different strain from the original appears,to which young healthy males were particularly prone, leaving communities of women and the elderly to fend without their menfolk.Karen Maitland, the undisputed Queen, the Boss, the Bee's Knees of medieval fiction brings us anot [...]

    • The players appearing in this medieval theatre in Portlock Weir are simple folk and have absolutely no concept of what horrors the script of The Plague Charmer has in store for them.As the Great Pestilence returns for the second time to this costal village it holds its ailing residents hostage and won’t release them from its grip. That is until they pay the price that has been asked by a mysterious stranger rescued from the churning tide, although they began to regret their good deed almost im [...]

    • Has its own certain charm waiting for the right readerThe Plague Charmer is one dark atmospheric story that bubbles and churns with elements of: chilling history, folklore, damaged characters and enduring medical mysteries that all become nearly impossible to look away from or difficult not to gather some bauble of trivia to tuck away long after turning the final page. These types of tales that not only amuse but strangely enlighten the reader about poignant eras of the past are ones I always ho [...]

    • I found "The Plague Charmer" by Karen Maitland a bit hard to get into but once I did then I found it to be a fascinating look at the Middle Ages, Black Death, and the superstitions small villages possibly had at that time.It was an amazing historical read with quite a few separate story lines that eventually match up for a fantastic ending. The medieval era is brought to life so well and the characters are very well developed so much so that I could vividly imagine them.Highly recommended for fa [...]

    • Southern England, 1361. The plague is back and life in the small Somerset fishing village will never be the same again. This is a historical fantasy, very dark in parts. The history is well researched and as right as it ever can be. The fantasy, in many ways could be explained, but not quite all. Superstition is rife and ignorance abounds. A strange woman, sea witch, arrives and allegedly brings the plague because there is something she wants from the village. A dwarf (not natural, but manipulat [...]

    • this book was given tome by netgalley and the publisher for my open and honest reviewmaitland brings the black death to live in this novel with people's beliefs shrouded in myth as the black death didn't care for class or wealth. this novel is based in somerset and like how the characters are inter linked in their misery and finding a way out but over shadowed by church and beliefs.

    • jerasjamboree/2016/1The Plague Charmer may be a ‘dark’ read however Karen Maitland has created colourful and interesting characters.There are several narrations – from Weir folk Sara and Matilda we have life from the perspective of fisherfolk who need the land to provide for them to live. I loved the contradiction of how a village can pull itself apart but also work in collaboration; in Porlock Manor I was drawn in by the astute Lady Pavia, intriguing Christina, underhanded Sir Harry Gilmo [...]

    • 'Something was approaching, something evil, I could feel it. As if in some distant land the devil had just unfurled his wings and was even now flying over the sea towards us, his shadow reaching out before him to cover the land.'With Karen Maitland you know what you are going to get, evocative writing which brings the medieval world to life, wonderful, empathetic characters all wrapped up in a bewitching tale.It is hard to believe the brutality of life, the hardships and poverty endured bythe pe [...]

    • WOW KM is good! Just the right mix of witchery, folklore and mud! I loved it! I couldn't put the book down. I couldn't stop turning the pages. It was mucky, dirty and raw. The story gripped: there was a murder (several all told) but that didn't get you - the plague was front and centre; there was a child - whose?; two lost boys; a fire; a quest; a flood; a storm. A village ripped to shreds, dripping in fear. Brilliant just brilliant. There was no let up in the writing. The human and the historic [...]

    • Karen Maitland is a great storyteller.The Plague Charmer is a fascinating medieval tale full of atmosphere and superstition. It’s a long but an unputdownable book, bringing the medieval world to life in all its brutality and hardship. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book is set in Porlock Weir in 1361 where a village is isolated by the plague when the Black Death spreads once more across England. Following an eclipse of the sun, as a storm rages along the coast, a ship is blown ashore bringing a [...]

    • Set in 1361, and with a clever blend of mysticism, superstition and folklore, The Plague Charmer looks at the catastrophic effects of a great pestilence which is sweeping England and as it moves inexorably towards Porlock Weir an impoverished fishing village on the edge of Exmoor, so does the threat of impending doom. The villagers eke out a lowly existence, reliant on land and sea for their meagre survival, and so when an enigmatic stranger emerges from the sea and offers them a deadly bargain [...]

    • This is the third Karen Maitland book that I have read to date and so far I think it is my favourite one. It has an interesting cast of characters that you either love or hate according to their personality. I definitely found it a page turner and that is not always easy with historical fiction. There is a list of the people in the book just in case you need it, but I found I didn't as most of them were memorable in their own way, none more than Will the dwarf, purposely deformed at birth in a c [...]

    • Check out more reviews at my blog!theirregularreaderblog.wordpressThe year is 1361 and the sun has disappeared. The residents of tiny Porlock Weir can only watch in horror as the sun is swallowed up by a black disc, turning the afternoon sunshine into night. When the sun reappears a few minutes later, they are hardly comforted: this can only be a bad omen. That night, a storm rages along the coast, wrecking a ship upon the rocks outside the village. A sole survivor is pulled from the sea: a myst [...]

    • I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. The Plague Charmer, I actually grabbed this book because I was intrigued by the cover. Yes, I choose books by their covers.I would probably not have read it by the blurb. Historical Fiction and Fantasy is not really what I go for in books. So, I am glad I choose it because of it’s cover.The time I travelled to is 1361 and the start of the book gave a detailed description how dwarfs are created to be sold and serve the more we [...]

    • The Plague Charmer is the first book that I have read by Karen Maitland and also the first that I have read that is set in the 14th century.It is set in Porlock Weir, an area of Exmoor and features several people. Will, a ‘manmade dwarf’, Sara, a wife and mother and Matilda, otherwise known as the ‘Holy Hag’ are the main characters. When the village is cursed by Janiveer a woman who was rescued from the sea and the plague decimates the village population all three are affected. They all [...]

    • 2016: FWFTB: Exmoor, hysteria, dwarf, locked, saint. Yay! As far as I am concerned, Ms Maitland has rediscovered her mojo. This was so much better than the last couple of books that I have read by her. The Daily Mail is quoted on the front cover:"Dark and woven with the supernatural" which is true to an extent but it is so much more than that. It is well-plotted, characterful and with a real sense of time and place which I think that Ms Maitland excels at. Interestingly, the publishers decided t [...]

    • Remote Devon village Porlock Weir doesn't have a lot going for it. Many of the menfolk fish and the women keep hearth and family together, down by the beach lives a dwarf in a cave. One evening a great storm occurs and a woman is saved from a wreck. She tells the villagers that she wants something from them and if she doesn't get it the plague will return. Sure enough it does.This is a complex novel set in the fourteenth century but one which mixes fable, superstition and history. Maitland has w [...]

    • Karen Maitland has a knack of weaving characters stories together with invisible threads in every novel that she writes. This book starts in the small village of Porlock Weir and surrounding areas- and it starts off with the recovery of a body from the sea. Events thereafter change the small village forever. Of course no Karen Maitland book would be complete without a little medieval magic and medicine. I honestly had trouble putting this book down. You know it's a fantastic read if you're sitti [...]

    • A chilling story about the time of the second plague in Devon.Characters were well written and the story held me to the end.Recommended.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Headline via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    • I really enjoyed this book. A very eventful tale with interesting plot,a good sense of era and suspense. I will definitely be on the lookout to read more by the author.

    • Thanks Headline and netgalley for this ARC.Always great story and writing is superb. You know you are getting a great story with Karen Maitland.

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