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Speaks the Nightbird, v2: Evil Unveiled (Matthew Corbett, #1.2)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  297 ratings  ·  12 reviews
"New York Times" bestselling author Robert McCammon continues his triumphant return with the conclusion of an epic tale of suspense that reinstates him as one of the great storytellers of our time....The Carolinas, 1699: After hearing damning testimony from the townspeople of Fount Royal, magistrate Isaac Woodward sentences the accused witch, Rachel Howarth, to death by bu...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by Pocket Books
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Okay, so 5 stars equates to "It was amazing" here on Goodreads. Taking the first book of "Speaks the Nightbird" into account (which I gave 4 stars), I felt the story and writing as a whole deserved 4.5 stars. I haven't read a book this long (just over 400 pages) in such a short time in quite a while.

This second book went quickly for me, and the fast-paced plot definitely kept me eager for every turn of the page. McCammon wraps things up nicely in the end, not in any way that felt convenient or r...more
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Shelves: horror
Robert Macammon is the thnking mans Stephen King. In this historical novel, he departs from horror in general to more a Crucible like mystery.
Her Royal Orangeness
The Carolinas, 1699. The newly founded town of Fount Royal is facing a rash of disasters - murders, arsons, failed crops, illness. In desperation, the citizens cast the blame on Rachel Howarth and accuse her of witchcraft. Magistrate Isaac Woodward and his clerk Matthew Corbett arrive to preside over the trial and to determine Rachel’s fate. But Matthew soon realizes there is something far more sinister than witchcraft going on in Fount Royal. He risks everything to solve the mystery….and to exo...more
Karen Patterson
Speaks the Nightbird was a wonderful book, well-written, and with characters that grabbed and held your attention. The story is told through a Magistrate's clerk, both of which have been sent to a town in order to pronounce judgment on an accused witch in 1699. Of course, the town has already pronounced her guilty, but Matthew the young clerk who is inquisitive and intelligent goes above and beyond to get to the truth. Historical but also an intelligent mystery that will keep you guessing until...more
Tanvir Muntasim
Successful and interesting wrap up of the story, though it drags a bit at the end. However, McCammon must be congratulated for going beyond his comfort zone of contemporary horror and go into the 17th century, which turns out to be an excellent setting for superstition driven horror. I am looking forward to his next book with the same protagonist, and this is my first book completed in the new year, and now I am onto the self set challenge of reading 100 books this year.
James Bedow
I am a huge fan of McCammon's earlier books, and I waited anxiously for a long time for him to write these books. So maybe my expectations were too high. I just did not like the first two books of this series as much as I have liked his earlier books. But I will still read them all. And you may like them more than I did, he is so good.
Chris O'kill
Having just bought the third instalment, I am reading this once again, as it's been a while. Amazing how, just a few pages in, you are drawn back in time to the 17th Century and already remember and associate with the characters....looking forward to finishing it, once again. Now, just a couple of days later, it is finished. Have to say, I enjoyed it even more than first time.
Thomas Svedal
With the completing of this sequel, the adventure of Matthew Corbet ended. It was a kind of a crimestory, set in the year 1699. A very facinating tale of a young mans trials, to unweil the truth in a horror-struck colony, near the florida swamps. Superb story, i was gripped by the very first page. And i could not guess the ending at all!
Sarah Pierce
Pretty much the same as the first book (I thought that the pacing was a bit too fast), except I really liked the ending, the outcome. Good stuff. And I kept picturing Matthew Corbett as a James McAvoy-looking kind of guy, so that was cool.
Absolutely LOVED this book. It was an intelligent combination of historical fiction and mystery. The quality of the writing was supberb.
Between the 2 books, perhaps my favorite of 2013.
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I loved the 1st book in this series. I can't wait to read this one.
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