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Historical Fiction Review – Speaks the Nightbird

Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon


Review by Jerelyn H. (I-F-Letty)


Note to self; ALWAYS listen to Jeanne’s book recommendations.  Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon was another stellar recommendation from a good friend of mine.

I am not into “witch trial books” as a rule, so I really resisted picking this up, sometime you just have to go out of your comfort zone.  This is an excellent page turner of a book and I immediately went out and got the next two in the series.  It has to be one of a reader’s greatest joys to find a new to them author, and one with a back list is always a bonus.

I had never heard of Robert McCammon and so I this really was a leap of faith, what I found is an immensely rich, thoroughly enjoyable reading experience.  You are taken back into the early colonial American south; the writing is atmospheric, and sometimes profane the narrative is comfortable, even if the subject matter isn’t.  I love Matthew Corbett and his mentor Magistrate Isaac Woodward, and a thoroughly unforgettable cast of characters from the witch Rachael Howarth to the rat catcher and blacksmith you will be enthralled by this disturbing yet surprisingly funny look at what had to be a very difficult time in our country’s history.  I have only a couple of minor quibbles with the book; these are a history buffs quibble, however the minor inaccuracies take nothing away from this wonderful reading experience.

4.5 stars highly recommended, and I would venture to say that this book will be on my best reads list for 2012.

Also for the audio book listener, Edoardo Ballerini the narrator is wonderful!








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