The Plague Charmer
A gripping novel of the plague
By Karen Maitland
Ring the bells and lock up your homes. Karen Maitland, author of the bestselling Company of Liars, is back. And so is the plague...
'If you like dark, atmospheric, historical fantasy, then this is definitely one for you' Daily Mail
The Plague Charmer, by Karen Maitland, Queen of the Dark Ages and bestselling author of Company of Liars, will chill and delight fans of The Essex Serpent and Graeme Macrae Burnet's His Bloody Project in equal measure.
'A dark read ... fear and hysteria are portrayed with claustrophobic skill' The Times
Riddle me this: I have a price, but it cannot be paid in gold or silver.
1361. Porlock Weir, Exmoor. Thirteen years after the Great Pestilence, plague strikes England for the second time. Sara, a packhorse man's wife, remembers the horror all too well and fears for the safety of her children.
Only a dark-haired stranger offers help, but at a price that no one will pay.
Fear gives way to hysteria in the village and, when the sickness spreads to her family, Sara finds herself locked away by neighbours she has trusted for years. And, as her husband - and then others - begin to die, the cost no longer seems so unthinkable.
The price that I ask, from one willing to pay... A human life.
Karen Maitland travelled and worked in many parts of the United Kingdom before settling for many years in the beautiful medieval city of Lincoln, an inspiration for her writing. She is the author of The White Room, Company of Liars, The Owl Killers, The Gallows Curse, The Falcons of Fire and Ice, The Vanishing Witch and The Raven's Head. She has recently relocated to a life of rural bliss in Devon.
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20 Oct 2016
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A brilliant writer, with a real sense of history — Susanna Gregory
If you like dark, atmospheric, historical fantasy, then this is definitely one for you — Daily Mail
A dark read... fear and hysteria are portrayed with claustrophobic skill — The Times
A really good read... as much one for first time Maitlanders as it is for the fans — Bookbag
Karen Maitland is the go-to writer for gruesome medieval murk — Writing Magazine
Written in dark but engaging prose, it is historical fiction with an apocalyptic twist — Lady
You will feel like you have been there and witnessed at first hand the blend of horror, superstitious terror and medieval chaos — Jaffareadstoo
A brilliant writer, with a real sense of history
An atmospheric and dark story
Rich and believable . . . with extraordinary attention to detail and finely wrought prose
A ripping tale . . . full of colour and detail
Scarily good. Imagine The Wicker Man crossed with The Birds
Combines the storytelling traditions of The Canterbury Tales with the supernatural suspense of Mosse's Sepulchre in this atmospheric tale of treachery and magic