Company of Liars, a Novel of the Plague

Company of Liars, a Novel of the Plague by Karen Maitland

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Desperate to outrun the Black Death ravaging England during the sodden summer of 1348, nine disparate souls band together in this harrowing historical, which infuses a Canterbury Tales scenario with the spectral chill of an M. Night Shyamalan ghost story. Maitland (The White Room) gives each of the travelers a potentially devastating secret. How did narrator Camelot, a glib-tongued peddler of false relics and hope, really come by that hideously scarred face? What is magician Zophiel hiding inside his wagon? And just who is Narigorm, the spooky albino girl whose readings of the runes are always eerily on target? As the nine strangers slog cross-country through the pestilential landscape, their number shrinking one by one, they come to realize that what they don`t know about each other might just kill them. Despite Maitland`s yarn-spinning prowess, her narrative occasionally stalls because of unrelenting grimness and an increasingly predictable plot—that is, until its gasp-out-loud finale.

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Karen Maitland English writer. Karen Maitland was born in 1956 and spent her childhood in sunny Malta. Like the heroes of The Masquerade of Liars, she devoted a lot of time to travel, reaching in her wanderings to the snowy Greenland and the Arctic ice. She tried many different jobs, from cleaning lady to lecturer, from egg packer to dancer, until she finally became a professional writer in 1996. The era of the Middle Ages always seemed to Karen extremely attractive, and she spent a year and a half of her life almost in a medieval way - in a Nigerian village. She lived without electricity, running water and sewerage, traded in the market and built a hearth in her house herself. Living the simple life of our ancestors, Maitland, in her own words, quickly learned that “if you want to have dinner in the evening, then in the afternoon you need to get water, firewood and food, since it is not so easy to draw water from the river by candlelight ". She created her first novel, The White Room (1996), a contemporary terror thriller, in the evenings after work, based on her student experiences in Belfast during a time of unrest. The novel was nominated for the Authors` Club Best First Novel award, as a result of which Karen received a number of literary commissions and was able to afford part-time work at first, and then completely give up work, becoming a professional writer. It was then that she began writing the "medieval mystery" "The Masquerade of Liars" (Company of Liars, 2008) and she was fortunate enough to meet her favorite literary agent - Victoria Hobbs. Maitland now lives in the beautiful old town of Lincoln, which, like the wild Norfolk swamps that surrounds the city, inspires novel writing in itself. In the tiny office where she writes, one can see the object of her special pride - a collection of doll houses, and in the "medieval" Great Hall of Karen`s house, a dining table is usually set, and the wolfhound lies sprawled by the blazing fireplace. Karen grows "medieval" medicinal herbs such as mint and St.

John`s wort, and tries to cook the dishes of the Middle Ages, which she describes in her novels. Recipes for these dishes appear from time to time on the writer`s website. in addition, the site has a glossary on the heroes of her works and household items, which is constantly updated. Maitland is a member of The Crime Writers` Association, The Historical Novel Society and The Society of Authors. She is also very proud to have recently joined her group of literary idols - she became a member of the writers` association "The Medieval Murderers".  Science fiction laboratory , official web site of Karen Maitland ...  Bibliography Novels 1996 - The White Room 2008 - Company of Liars - Masquerade Liars 2009 - The Owl Killers - Kill an owl 2010 - The Sacred Stone - for The Medieval Murderers / Medieval Murderers 2010 - The Mandrake`s Tale 2011 - The Gallows Curse - The curse of the gallows 2011 - Hill of Bones 2012 - The Falcons of Fire and Ice - Falcons of Fire and Ice 2013 - The False Virgin 2014 - The Deadliest Sin 2014 - The Vanishing Witch - The Vanishing Witch 2015 - The Raven`s Head 2016 - The Plague Charmer 2018 - A Gathering of Ghosts

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Karen Maitland English writer. Karen Maitland was born in 1956 and spent her childhood in sunny Malta. Like the heroes of The Masquerade of Liars, she devoted a lot of time to travel, reaching in her wanderings to the snowy Greenland and the Arctic ice. She tried many different jobs, from cleaning lady to lecturer, from egg packer to dancer, until she finally became a professional writer in 1996. The era of the Middle Ages always seemed to Karen extremely attractive, and she spent a year and a half of her life almost in a medieval way - in a Nigerian village. She lived without electricity, running water and sewerage, traded in the market and built a hearth in her house herself. Living the simple life of our ancestors, Maitland, in her own words, quickly learned that “if you want to have dinner in the evening, then in the afternoon you need to get water, firewood and food, since it is not so easy to draw water from the river by candlelight ". She created her first novel, The White Room (1996), a contemporary terror thriller, in the evenings after work, based on her student experiences in Belfast during a time of unrest. The novel was nominated for the Authors` Club Best First Novel award, as a result of which Karen received a number of literary commissions and was able to afford part-time work at first, and then completely give up work, becoming a professional writer. It was then that she began writing the "medieval mystery" "The Masquerade of Liars" (Company of Liars, 2008) and she was fortunate enough to meet her favorite literary agent - Victoria Hobbs. Maitland now lives in the beautiful old town of Lincoln, which, like the wild Norfolk swamps that surrounds the city, inspires novel writing in itself. In the tiny office where she writes, one can see the object of her special pride - a collection of doll houses, and in the "medieval" Great Hall of Karen`s house, a dining table is usually set, and the wolfhound lies sprawled by the blazing fireplace. Karen grows "medieval" medicinal herbs such as mint and St. John`s wort, and tries to cook the dishes of the Middle Ages, which she describes in her novels. Recipes for these dishes appear from time to time on the writer`s website. in addition, the site has a glossary on the heroes of her works and household items, which is constantly updated. Maitland is a member of The Crime Writers` Association, The Historical Novel Society and The Society of Authors. She is also very proud to have recently joined her group of literary idols - she became a member of the writers` association "The Medieval Murderers".  Science fiction laboratory , official web site of Karen Maitland ...  Bibliography Novels 1996 - The White Room 2008 - Company of Liars - Masquerade Liars 2009 - The Owl Killers - Kill an owl 2010 - The Sacred Stone - for The Medieval Murderers / Medieval Murderers 2010 - The Mandrake`s Tale 2011 - The Gallows Curse - The curse of the gallows 2011 - Hill of Bones 2012 - The Falcons of Fire and Ice - Falcons of Fire and Ice 2013 - The False Virgin 2014 - The Deadliest Sin 2014 - The Vanishing Witch - The Vanishing Witch 2015 - The Raven`s Head 2016 - The Plague Charmer 2018 - A Gathering of Ghosts