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 Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocenc...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
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
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
"...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
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
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:
I absolutely loved this book! A suspenseful mystery that really brings the tim...more
I love historical fiction [and nonfiction] so I started this novel expecting to like it. Many reviews were very positive, people saying they were going to rush out and get the next book. So I was pumped to read something so gripping.
The title of this book didn't grab me. In fact, I'd put off reading this book because I didn't think it would be of interest. It's not my genre and, frankly the blurb didn't captivate either. During a holiday I picked it up and it's fortunate that I didn't have...more
While the vivid description of the strange world and people is flawless, th...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...
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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
SPOILER: There are sexual scenes and references that seem gratuitous, just to give the reader enough twiddle to keep reading. And the violence gets really terrible. Beyond that, a number of characters fall into easy stereotypes: a gorgeous, intell...more
Upside: I really like the main character, Matthew Corbett. He's almost obnoxiously curious, but in a believable way. He's brave, but not in the impulsive, 'fearless' way; in the real, "you have to be afraid first to be brave" way. He's young and clumsy at times, but his dedication to his ideals is admirable and challenges certain generally accepted ideas of what...more
"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
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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