Speaks the Nightbird, Robert McCammon, 2009
My favorite quote: “Tell me. What is the point of life, if truth is not worth standing up for? If justice is a hollow shell? If beauty and grace are burnt to ashes, and evil rejoices in the flames?”
Most interesting characters: Matthew Corbett, young clerk to the traveling magistrate; Rachel Howarth, a beautiful young widow who’s been tried and convicted of witchcraft
Opening scene: Matthew and the magistrate making their perilous way toward shelter
The gist: A witchcraft trial opens up a whole mess of deceit, drama, and deviltry in the small town of Fount Royal but Matthew Corbett believes the accused woman is innocent. It’s actually a lot more interesting than that, but cut me some slack — it’s a big book with a lot to sum up
Greatest strengths: I’m not going to lie: this is a big book. And by big, I mean HUGE. Seriously. If it worked in the adult entertainment industry, it would make John Holmes self-conscious. But it’s so good, you’ll wish it were longer.
Standout achievements: This book takes place in 1699 in the Carolinas — and hoo boy, does McCammon know how to transport his readers there!
Fun Facts: After a ten-year absence from the literary world, Robert McCammon returned with this book, Speaks the Nightbird — and it’s an absolute masterpiece
Other media: N/A
Additional thoughts: Equal parts horror, history, and mystery, Robert McCammon’s Speaks the Nightbird kicks off a series that takes readers on an epic journey through history that will make you hope this series never ends
Hit or Miss: Hit. For sure
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