I really enjoyed this novel of plague-era England. In a way, the premise kind of reminded me of McCarthy's The Road in that here we have characters who are struggling to endure and move forward with hope, even though it seems like there really shouldn't be any hope left.
Maitland deftly arranges a set of characters who are forced to travel together. This motley assortment of people adds a lot of excitement and intrigue to the overall puzzle of the book. I never felt like she was pandering to the reader while she set up clues for the eventual revelations about each individual. I managed to guess some, but others were still surprising. The straightforward prose of Camelot's narration included a lot of details that brought the medieval time period to life. (I was also very glad for her historical notes and glossary at the end.)
A suspenseful, historically fascinating, and almost quest-like book that I would recommend.