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The Owl Killers - Karen Maitland
The Owl Killers
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From the author of Company of Liars, hailed as “a jewel of a medieval mystery”* and “an atmospheric tale of treachery and magic,”** comes a magnificent new novel of an embattled village and a group of courageous women who are set on a collision course—in an unforgettable storm of secrets, lust,... show more
From the author of Company of Liars, hailed as “a jewel of a medieval mystery”* and “an atmospheric tale of treachery and magic,”** comes a magnificent new novel of an embattled village and a group of courageous women who are set on a collision course—in an unforgettable storm of secrets, lust, and rage.England, 1321. The tiny village of Ulewic teeters between survival and destruction, faith and doubt, God and demons. For shadowing the villagers’ lives are men cloaked in masks and secrecy, ruling with violence, intimidation, and terrifying fiery rites: the Owl Masters. But another force is touching Ulewic—a newly formed community built and served only by women. Called a beguinage, it is a safe harbor of service and faith in defiance of the all-powerful Church. Behind the walls of this sanctuary, women have gathered from all walks of life: a skilled physician, a towering former prostitute, a cook, a local convert. But life in Ulewic is growing more dangerous with each passing day. The women are the subject of rumors, envy, scorn, and fury…until the daughter of Ulewic’s most powerful man is cast out of her home and accepted into the beguinage—and battle lines are drawn.Into this drama are swept innocents and conspirators: a parish priest trying to save himself from his own sins…a village teenager, pregnant and terrified…a woman once on the verge of sainthood, now cast out of the Church.…With Ulewic ravaged by flood and disease, and with villagers driven by fear, a secret inside the beguinage will draw the desperate and the depraved—until masks are dropped, faith is tested…and every lie is exposed.*New York Times Book Review**Marie Claire
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385341707 (0385341709)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages no: 511
Edition language: English
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3.5 The Owl Killers / Karen Maitland
England, 1321. The tiny village of Ulewic teeters between survival and destruction, faith and doubt, God and demons. For shadowing the villagers’ lives are men cloaked in masks and secrecy, ruling with violence, intimidation, and terrifying fiery rites: the Owl Masters. But another force is touching...
Bettie's Books
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5.0 The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland
bookshelves: historical-fiction, boo-scary, fantasy, mystery-thriller, plague-disease, teh-brillianz, books-with-a-passport, published-2009, medieval5c-16c Read in March, 2009 ** spoiler alert ** Notice my new shelf? 'books with a passport'; this has just been posted on to Susanna five minutes a...
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
"Beguines are pernicious tares sown by the Devil to destroy the order of man and God. It was women that destroyed the order in the Garden of Eden, Lilith refusing to lie beneath Adam, and Eve seducing him into forbidden knowledge. Now they are hell-bent on destroying the very priesthood itself, and ...
Allusion is not Illusion
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Yay! My library finally bought this! Now I just have to wait til I have a space on my Hold list...
Bettie's Books
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Notice my new shelf? 'books with a passport'; this has just been posted on to Susanna five minutes ago.---What a birthday present! here it is and I am practically drooling. All else will be placed on the back burner.Anno Domini 1321 - PrologueGiles knew they'd come for him, sooner or later.---Adult...
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