Great Read! I loved it! This is the first volume of the two part novel.
excellemnt book. you need to read the sequal to this one both are great.
Good plot, reluctant hero
A different avenue for Mr. McCammon and I liked it. Not as good as some of his other books, but worth a read.
Nobody does it like McCammon. When the second volume of this book came out, I rushed to get it. He is the best in psychological terror/horror.
Another great McCammon book... Robert McCammon never seems to fail to grab his reader and hold them till the very end... Loved it.
An OK story, I guess, but contains numerous factual historical errors. The hero is also unbelievably naive.
This is the first part of McCammon's long historical novel Speaks the Nightbird. At one time I had a hardcover copy of the complete novel but it must have been let loose during one of my moves. Not sure why they split the novel in two for paperback, maybe it was just too unwieldy. Anyway, this was really compelling reading. I have read some of McCammon's other novels that were more in the horror genre. This one is a historical novel about a town in the Carolinas called Fount Royal in the year 1699. This was not long after the Salem Witch trials and the citizenship of the town feel that a witch has cursed them. The town has suffered many hardships including the murders of two citizens, the burning of many houses in the town, and wet weather that has affected the crops. The supposed witch, Rachel Howarth, is blamed and thrown into the gaol to await trial and execution. A traveling magistrate, Isaac Woodward, and his clerk, Matthew Corbett, are summoned to preside over the trial by interviewing witnesses and passing judgement. Matthew, however, believes in Rachel's innocence but can he prove it? Well, that will be answered (I hope) in the second part of the novel that I will be reading next.
I really am enjoying this story. It is long and detailed and really has some interesting characters including the town mayor and founder who wants the witch dead so his town can survive. Then there are the witnesses who swear they saw Rachel in communion with the devil. I am looking forward to reading the conclusion of the story in Volume II: Evil Unveiled.
This is from a series that I haven't finished yet.Citizens in Fount Royal believe that their town is cursed by a witch. Rachel Howarth is blamed and scheduled for execution. Young Matthew beleives that Rachel is innocent. But soon realizes that something truly evil resides in Fount Royal.
The good citizens of Fount Royal, in the Carolinas of 1699, blame a witch for all the fires, crop failures, and murders, and become convinced that the widow of a murdered minister is the witch. The clerk of the judge overseeing her trial is convinced that she is innocent, that something far, far worse than a witch is at work. This is the first volume of a two-volume work.
The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe their town is cursed by a witch. What else could explain the sudden fires, crop failures and gruesome murders? Convinced that Rachel Howarth, the beautiful widow of the recently slain minister, is to blame, they throw her into a gaol to await trial and execution.
Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew-who, despite the evidenc against Rachel, believes in her innocence. But soon he realizes that there truly is Evil at work in Fount Royal: a malevolent force more powerful that any witch could ever hope to conjure...