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The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland
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Sep 14, 2010

really liked it
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Read from September 14 to 29, 2010

I picked this up after reading the Gargoyle. I couldn't get into anything else and thought 'Cool - Beguines' so I gave it a try.

I'm very glad I did.

On the surface, this is a very dark look at life in medieval England. The life of the village is wonderfully evocative, and the characters well drawn and deeply human.

The story is all told in the first person, with different characters taking the lead in each chapter. Writing in so many voices can't be easy - but she absolutely pulls it off. Everything flows nicely, the plot advances at pace, and the whole things drips with atmosphere.

But, ultimately, this is a book about belief. It's about the extremities people will go to do when they feel justified by their faith - and the real dangers that arise when cultures collide.

A such it's it's very relevant today.


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