Review: Speaks the Nightbird

Speaks the Nightbird (Vol. I&II) (Matthew Corbett, #1)Speaks the Nightbird by Robert R. McCammon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very character driven mystery wrapped up in a whopping historical fiction. The setting what a new one for me - coastal Carolina, 1699, and once again I am amazed that any Europeans survived long enough to get a firm foothold on the new world. The witch trial aspect of the story is turned into a mystery when (slightly anachronistic?) magistrate's clerk Matthew Corbett follows his instincts and his intelligence and refuses to accept that the Devil is behind murder, arson, and whatever else goes wrong in the town of Fount Royal. The story gets a little complicated as the crimes are solved, but there are always chances to get straightened out as characters must explain the twists to each other, using thier own distinct perspectives. (Side question: Is it possible to read a well written witch trial story and not see modern correlations?)

View all my reviews

No comments: