Speaks the Nightbird

Speaks the Nightbird

Book - 2002
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From New York Times bestselling horror novelist Robert McCammon comes a dark and chilling tale about a witch-hunt in the seventeenth century Carolina colonies.

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies--and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

After hearing damning testimony, magistrate Woodward sentences the accused witch to death by burning. Desperate to exonerate the woman he has come to love, Matthew begins his own investigation among the townspeople. Piecing together the truth, he has no choice but to vanquish a force more malevolent than witchcraft in order to save his beloved Rachel--and free Fount Royal from the menace claiming innocent lives.
Publisher: Montgomery, Ala. : River City Pub., [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781416552505
Branch Call Number: MCC
Characteristics: 726 pages ;,24 cm


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Nov 18, 2016

While I love thick books I was a little concerned when I pulled this one off the shelf but it immediately grabbed and held my attention to the very last page. McCammon writes a compelling novel about fear and crowd mentality, mortality, the interplay of distinct personalities and love without becoming mawkish or boring. His protagonists are fully realized making me wonder what they're doing even after the book is done while secondary characters have enough personality quirks to make them interesting as well; I felt I got to know this community while reading about it. The plot moves right along with well planned twists, red herrings and period authenticity. A very good read.

keven345 Feb 07, 2012

Like Sherlock Holmes? Like historical fiction? Matthew Corbett investigates murders and supernatural occurrences in 1699 America. The sequels--especially Mr. Slaughter are even better.

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