Excellent Read!! i loved it! This is the second volume of the two part novel.
I did not read the second one but tried to read the first and could not get in to it.
Vol 2 of speaks the nightbird finds us getting more involved
in the puzzle of this town and secrets are buried everywhere
can matthew save rachel from being burned at the stake.
This is volume 2, continuing the story of the accused witch and the young clerk who is mountaing his own investigation, and becomes convinced of a much more serious evil at work.
I loved these books! Read Vol. 1 first.
The second in the miniseries. Creepy and fun.
A different avenue for Mr. McCammon and I liked it. Not as good as some of his other books, but worth a read.
This is the second volume and literally starts off where the first volume left off so be sure and read the first one before reading this one. I've just recently discovered this author who has been around for quite a while and who started off writing horror books and even those are a step above and very well written and well paced. This book, however, is not really horror but historical fiction set in the year of 1699 and involves a magistrate and his clerk, Matthew Corbett, on the way to a town to pronounce judgment on a suspected witch. It's a fascinating read and definitely has horror elements dealing with this subject matter, but is an intricate murder mystery most of all. The story is told through Matthew Corbett's point of view and I've learned the author has started a series with this character so I'm excited to find the next book to continue his journey.
mystery about witchcraft and murder in early Virginia
This is the second part of Speaks the Nightbird
which for some reason the publishers decided to split into two volumes for paperback. I finished the first part, Judgement of the Witch
several days ago and really enjoyed the story of a witch trial which took place in 1699. This second volume of the novel tells how Matthew Corbett, the clerk for Magistrate Woodward, tries to prove Rachel's innocence and the steps he takes to set her free. The novel delves into the hysteria of the times and how innocent people were blamed for unfortunate events that affected the well being of small towns and villages. Matthew slowly pieces together the truth which leads to a nefarious plot to try to make the town of Fount Royal come to its end. But why is this necessary and how was it done?
This novel was very compelling and kept me turning the pages through it's entirety. Not only was the story engaging but there was such a vast amount of information about the time-period it was set in. This included the day to day lives of the people in the village and how they viewed religion and superstition. There was also some vivid descriptions of the medical practices of the time that were somewhat stomach turning including bleeding the patients and using "blister cups" to draw blood to the surface. Of course these practices did a lot more harm than good. There were also details of the native American life in the area at the time that were quite interesting. This is the first novel in a series featuring Matthew Corbett. I will be reading more of these.