historical-fiction, mystery-thriller, plague-disease, books-with-a-passport
Recommended to Bettie by: vivienne
Read in May, 2008
An enjoyable and mildly supernatural romp through superstitious and pestilent times; some of those story lines were easy to see through but that didn't seem to matter too much as the customs and traditions of the times were enthralling to learn about. Five star goodness.
NB not out in US until 30th Sepetember
I was expecting much worse. Good setting and a passable plot, but negligible surprises and, at 500+ pages, about twice as long as it should have been.
Excellent book, well written and well paced, the story is engrossing and really keeps you hooked until the end.
It's 1348 in the reign of Edward III. The plague or Black Death has come to England and nine people have joined together in an attempt to outrun it and find safety. A very disparate group it is: a scarred trader of holy relics, a magician, a musician and his teacher, a storyteller with a deformity, a pregnant couple, a healer and a white-haired girl who reads runes.
This was a wonderful, unusual, engrossing, compelling book that was so well written, I couldn't put it down. It has an intriguing cast of characters, about each of whom you learn through the story and through the stories they tell. Each has a secret that is revealed through the story, with a very unusual twist.
England, 1348, the year of the plague. Nine travellers decide to continue their journey together, as they consider it safer to be in a group in those dangerous times. An even greater danger than the Black Death awaits them... An atmospheric story full of fear and guilt, secrets and lies, self destruction, murder and betrayal. Enjoyable read!...Continua