Speaks the Nightbird (Matthew Corbett #1)
Judgment of the Witch
The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Isaac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocenc...more
Magistrate Isaac Woodward and his young charge and clerk (our protagonist) Matthew Corbett, are sent for from Charleston to preside over a witch trial in the fledgling frontier settlement of Fount Royal. Matthew, with an unusually keen mind, soon discerns that not all is as it seems as he asks questions nobody seems able or willing to answer. Driven by insatiable curiosity and tenacious inquisitiveness, coupled with an in...more
Matthew Corbett (the protagonist) is the clerk of magistrate Woodward who is conducting the trial of Rachel Howarth accused of being a witch. Only Matthew b...more
However, at some point, one has to draw a line. I'm very disappointed with this author's choice to include (view spoiler)[sex with a horse!!! what the freaking hec...more
Yes, it's that good.
This is an historical novel set in the Carolina territory in 1699. Mathew Corbett is a clerk to a magestrate (judge) based in Charles Town and together the...more
To top it all off I normally don't read books that are 800 pages long. This story just whizzed by and I couldn't believe it was over so quickly. It didn't feel long at all, in fact, I was sad it ended and really look forward to reading more stories of Matthew Corbett.
If this book were a movie I could see Benedict Cumberbatch playing the role of Matthew. Also, I enjoyed the historical...more
Matthew Corbett, our protagonist, is accompanying his employer, Magistrate Isaac Woodwar...more
We have discussed the book in the comments below. Let me make a quick summary. The writing and the events that the author lines up are extremely crude, salacious and incredible. Incredible in two ways:
If I had known that Robert McCammon was typically grouped with Steven King, Dean Koontz, and the rest of that gang, I probably would never have read this book. I love historical fiction, especially about witch trials, but this feels like a modern thriller plopped in the middle of 1699. There were anachronisms galore and try as...more
"...an excellent story, full of tension and suspense...
"Speaks the Nightbird is a rarity in popular fiction, a book that manages to be thoughtful as well as...more
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SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD is amazing! The plot is tense and keeps escalating with amazing--and believable--twists and turns. And Mr. McCammon ties up … and unties … all the knots so there are no loose ends. And what a satisfying, touching ending it is! No spoiler alert, but the farewells to characters you have come to admire, respect, and--yes, love are heart-wrenching.
The characters are distinctiv...more
I must say I was very entertained, for pretty much the full 2-volumes of this story. With the exception of some modern figures of speech, I felt quite immersed in the 1699 Carolinas. It's interesting and disturbing to be reminded of the attitudes towards witchcraft. A highly educated man such as our magis...more
I absolutely loved this book! A suspenseful mystery that really brings the tim...more
I have read a lot of McCammon, almost all of it pre-21th century. In fact, McCammon stopped writing in 1992 and didn't return to writing until 2002 when this novel was published. The author is always entertaining. However his earlier works were often derivative. So much so that there was was a rather cruel joke going around in the horror fan circles of early eighties...
"Speaks the Nightbird" is a nice, thick book - just the kind I like. It's rich in characters and plot development, and there are twists to the plot just when you think all has settled down.
The book is set in 1699, on the cusp of a new century when people in the New World are wondering if the next 100 years will be full of wonder or full of fires...more
I have only one bone to pick -- and that is the...more
This book was so hard to put down between the great story and fabulous narration by Edoardo Ballerini I wanted the world to go away so I just listen without interruptions.
There were times this book made my blood boil , these sickening men the way they treated and talked to Rachel and she just had to take it but I loved that the author let us know that our champion Matthew was feeling the same way right along with me! Matthew is...more
The novel that is classified as a historical mystery is actually a book that defies and expands the constraints of this genre. This is the third McCammon's novel that I have read, and he is yet to disappoint me. This delightful nov...more
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