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In this extraordinary novel, Karen Maitland delivers a dazzling reinterpretation of Chaucers Canterbury Talesan ingenious alchemy of history, mystery, and powerful human drama.

The year is 1348. The Black Plague grips the country. In a world ruled by faith and fear, nine desperate strangers, brought together by chance, attempt to outrun the certain death that is running inexorably toward them.

Each member of this motley company has a story to tell. From Camelot, the relic-seller who will become the groups leader, to Cygnus, the one-armed storyteller . . . from the strange, silent child called Narigorm to a painter and his pregnant wife, each has a secret. None is what they seem. And one among them conceals the darkest secret of allpropelling these liars to a destiny they never saw coming.

Magical, heart-quickening, and raw, Company of Liars is a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fiction.

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"Desperate to outrun the Black Death ravaging England during the sodden summer of 1348, nine disparate souls band together in this harrowing historical, which infuses a Canterbury Tales scenario with the spectral chill of an M. Night Shyamalan ghost story. Maitland (The White Room) gives each of the travelers a potentially devastating secret. How did narrator Camelot, a glib-tongued peddler of false relics and hope, really come by that hideously scarred face? What is magician Zophiel hiding inside his wagon? And just who is Narigorm, the spooky albino girl whose readings of the runes are always eerily on target? As the nine strangers slog cross-country through the pestilential landscape, their number shrinking one by one, they come to realize that what they don't know about each other might just kill them. Despite Maitland's yarn-spinning prowess, her narrative occasionally stalls because of unrelenting grimness and an increasingly predictable plot — that is, until its gasp-out-loud finale." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Maitland has dug into some obscure corners of medieval history to produce an almost parallel universe; a place where myth, magic, and superstition take over as the established order breaks down, but a world that nonetheless rings true--"The Daily Mail" (UK).

About the Author

Karen Maitland has a doctorate in psycholinguistics. She traveled and worked in many parts of the world, from the Arctic Circle to Africa, before finally settling in the medieval city of Lincoln in England. Her British debut novel, The White Room, was short-listed for the Authors Club of Great Britain Best First Novel Award. She is at work on her next novel, The Owl Killers.

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Sophie, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Sophie)
I actually found this book one day while digging through my mother's library checkouts; much of the time, she and I do not have much in common as far as books go, but I decided to give it a try after reading the synopsis; boy, was I glad. This book was a wild ride and impossible to put down; I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a supernatural touch.
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Walderbach, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Walderbach)
A great mystery with lots of twists and turns, taking place in the 1300's. Chaucer's
Canterbury's tales with murder, mystery and magic, possibly mayhen too.
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gjoyce93, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by gjoyce93)
I randomly chose this book out in a hurry and was pleasantly surprised about what I found inside. The style that Karen used captivated and threw you into the world the characters strived to survive in. Her historical content of the book is very accurate and you saw it all happen threw the main characters eyes.
The plot of this mystery is like an endless maze with so many twists and turns, but at the same time has clarity so you know what is occurring.
The characters are beautifully crafted into real people. Not something you would want to become or think, 'I wish I could be like', but characters which you understand and connect with because they are made to be imperfect and authentic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385341691
Author:
Maitland, Karen
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
England
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080930
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.24x6.56x1.44 in. 1.54 lbs.

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Product details 480 pages Delacorte Press - English 9780385341691 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Desperate to outrun the Black Death ravaging England during the sodden summer of 1348, nine disparate souls band together in this harrowing historical, which infuses a Canterbury Tales scenario with the spectral chill of an M. Night Shyamalan ghost story. Maitland (The White Room) gives each of the travelers a potentially devastating secret. How did narrator Camelot, a glib-tongued peddler of false relics and hope, really come by that hideously scarred face? What is magician Zophiel hiding inside his wagon? And just who is Narigorm, the spooky albino girl whose readings of the runes are always eerily on target? As the nine strangers slog cross-country through the pestilential landscape, their number shrinking one by one, they come to realize that what they don't know about each other might just kill them. Despite Maitland's yarn-spinning prowess, her narrative occasionally stalls because of unrelenting grimness and an increasingly predictable plot — that is, until its gasp-out-loud finale." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Maitland has dug into some obscure corners of medieval history to produce an almost parallel universe; a place where myth, magic, and superstition take over as the established order breaks down, but a world that nonetheless rings true--"The Daily Mail" (UK).
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