Saturday 8 October 2016

Interesting Tale -- Company of Liars, by Karen Maitland.

Company of LiarsCompany of Liars by Karen Maitland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Updated version of Canterbury tales set in the time of the Black Death. A company of travelers form, each hiding their own dark secret. An interesting tale with some good characterisation. The group of travelers clash personalities but the hardship of the road keeps them together as they travel through plague ravaged England, trying to keep one step ahead of the plague. The book features very little about the plague, but there are enough hardships dogging the travelers, including a mystery wolf sent by the Bishop to recover an artifact. Interesting ending to the book, an ending I didn't see coming. A good tale, not for everyone, but one that fantasy fans might enjoy. The prologue was excellent, about how to deal with a witch. However, it was only loosely linked to the following tale, if at all.

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