Company of Liars
By: Karen Maitland
Genre: Historical Fiction
How I discovered this book: Goodreads. (I luv Goodreads.)
Rate: (Scale from 1-10):
Quality of writing: 9
Summary: Stolen from Goodreads (Guys, I read this in January. I needed help remembering the summary.)
“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 group’s 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 all—propelling these liars to a destiny they never saw coming.”
Basically it tells the Canterbury Tales. But by the people it was happening to.
Reasons I enjoyed or disliked:
I really liked the convention of retelling the Canterbury Tales. The way the author wove the stories together was interesting. Everything is what it seems and not…. She is also able to capture the idea of magic being a real, everyday thing in the 1300s but also able to explain the reasons for the everyday occurrences.
Yay or Nay?
YAY. Fair warning, it’s dense. But good. If you like historical fiction, you’ll like this. Also the character of Narigorm is pretty fantastic.