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by Karen Maitland

eBook The Owl Killers SIGNED LIMITED EDITION download ISBN: 0718155769
Author: Karen Maitland
Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (2009)
Language: English
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also by karen maitland. A dead owl had been left in front of his door in the middle of the night. I have taken his sign and his strength. As he is reborn this night, so shall I be.

also by karen maitland. He hadn’t heard them leave it; you never did. But at daybreak when he left his cottage to work in the Manor’s fields, he had found it there, sodden from the night’s rain. It was their sign, their warning. He had buried the owl quickly, before his mother could see it. He didn’t want her to know what was coming.

After reading my first book by Karen Maitland, The Gallows Curse, I had to have more.

Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). After reading my first book by Karen Maitland, The Gallows Curse, I had to have more. I am a big fan of English historical fiction, particularly the period from 1200 to 1600, and so pursued a second book by Ms. Maitland, The Owl Killers. The story of a group of women who relocate to a small, poor village in England from Amsterdam is full of surprises, the least of which is the paranoid reaction of the villagers to a successful society made up of women only.

The Owl Killers (Paperback). Published April 1st 2010 by Penguin. Published September 29th 2009 by Delacorte Press. Paperback, 562 pages. Author(s): Karen Maitland (Goodreads Author). ISBN: 0141031891 (ISBN13: 9780141031897).

The Owl Killers book. Lists with This Book. I picked up Karen Maitland's third novel, The Owl Killers, at my local library, on not much else than an interest in the cover artwork. what in the world have you been reading all your life?

Karen Maitland has a doctorate in psycholinguistics. She has traveled and worked in many parts of the world, from the Arctic Circle to Africa, before finally settling in the medieval city of Lincoln in England.

Karen Maitland has a doctorate in psycholinguistics. Her British debut novel, The White Room, was short-listed for the Authors’ Club of Great Britain Best First Novel Award. The acclaimed author of Company of Liars, she is at work on her next novel. Библиографические данные. Издание: перепечатанное.

also by karen maitland Company of Liars The White Room In memory of my aunt, Pam West, who in every aspect of her . He didn’t want her to know what was coming

also by karen maitland Company of Liars The White Room In memory of my aunt, Pam West, who in every aspect of her life embodied the true spirit of the beguines. And whose generous bequest. She was too old and frail, had seen too many tragedies in her life to bear the strain of yet another.

Karen Maitland (born 1956, in England) is a British author of medieval thriller fiction. Maitland has an honours degree in Human Communication and doctorate in Psycholinguistics. Her works include The White Room published in 1996 by Yorkshire Art Circus; Company of Liars published in 2008 by Delacorte Press; and The Owl Killers, published in 2009 by Michael Joseph. The Gallows' Curse was published by Penguin Books in March 2011.

The wind still had a wetted edge to it, but at least the rain had stopped. Pale clouds were scudding across the moon, but the skies were clearing. Pale clouds were scudding across the moon, but the skies were clearing ut the food for the village was prepared at long last. The pots would simmer slowly until morning. The wind hungrily devoured the rich aroma of herbs and mutton, wafting it out into the night air. I wondered if the wind would carry it as far as the village. If they could smell it, sitting there cold and wet with rumbling bellies, they’d curse us to Hell and back

Karen Maitland lives in Lincolnshire and is the author of The White Room, which won . Thank you for signing up to the Penguin Newsletter. Keep an eye out in your inbox.

Karen Maitland lives in Lincolnshire and is the author of The White Room, which won an Author's Club Best First Novel Award, and Company of Liars, published to outstanding critical acclaim in 2008. For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more.

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Comments: (7)
Hellstaff
Something did, because kept checking to see how much longer I had to read. I really don't want to give a negative review, because I enjoyed the story. I loved the history, the fact that the author did a ton of research shows, and I greatly appreciated the addenda.
I think what may have bothered me was the ambiguity throughout the novel. Is the Owlman human or demon? There were a few superstitions, including teachings of the Roman Catholic Church from the era, that were major building blocks in the story which came crashing together by the end of the novel in a way that left me feeling a little bereft. I wanted to know more about what happened to the women at the end even though I felt the book a little draggy. An unsatisfactory ending, perhaps?
superstar
In the early 1300's, a group of women arrive at the small village of Ulewic and set up a beguinage, where the women work together to support themselves and provide aid and comfort those around them. While they are members of the beguinage, the women are celibate, but they are free to leave, if they so choose. The leaders of the group are Marthas and each has a title: Healer Martha, Servant Martha (the primary leader), etc., designating her responsibilities. While nominally a Christian community, the pagan beliefs still run strong, with the Owl Killer's secret rituals still occurring in the woods. When the one of the daughter's of the local lord spies on the ritual, she is attacked, raped, and then thrown out by her father. Osmanna is accepted at the beguinage, and struggles to fit in. Other key players are the priest, who has a secret lover, and the local witch woman and her daughter. As bad weather and illness hit the villagers, they begin to look for someone to blame. Despite their goodwill to the villagers, the beguinage becomes a target for the Owl Killers and the women must face terrible difficulties both from within as well as without in order to survive. The author does a great drop in her descriptions, making you understand the harsh conditions of life at that time.
Kefrannan
I had a personal rule that I would never pay more than $9.99 for a Kindle edition of any book. But I had downloaded and enjoyed the sample of "The Owl Killers," and only when I went to order did I realize the book (at the time of this review) was over the set limit.

But I was already hooked. THAT'S how they gitcha! Fortunately, it was worth it.

This book centers around a group of women ("Beguines") who aren't nuns, but who live a spiritual life devoted to service. It is the early 1300s. They had traveled to England from Belgium before the story begins, a time when a crossroads between pagan tradition, the Catholic church, fear and "modern" spiritual thinking collide. Modern for the Middle Ages, anyway.

Various characters advance the story from their personal viewpoints, including a child from town, a landowner's daughter cast out from her home, the village priest and women from the Beguinage.

Layered with minutiae detail of life at the time adds delicious and frightening texture to what otherwise might have been a basic ghostly story of greed and horror. Fans of "Pillars Of The Earth" and "World Without End," maybe also those with an abiding interest in the Salem witch trials, should enjoy this book very much.

It was interesting to read how each character saw the other. The Servant Martha (the leader of the communal group) presents a kind, thoughtful manner, while others in the group complain that she's cold and unyielding. We all think we know who we are. If we could look into the minds of those around us, they might disagree.

The writer, Karen Maitland, shares a fascinating look at history from an unusual vantage point. The brutality back in the day is shocking. Through this aspect, she also puts a microscope on brutal conditions that still exist in parts of the world today. She did a masterful job.

A final note: if some think that Maitland couldn't latch on to whether the "Owl Masters" were real or myth within the story, I would argue that the characters themselves didn't know. This character believed, that character didn't; it's part of what made the book such a non-stop read. Enjoy!
Blackstalker
The owl killers is a very interesting story. In a 13th century village an order of nuns have set up a nunnery called a "Beguinery". All the nuns are called Martha (gate Martha, cooking Martha etc)These are set up to help the village rather than take money from them. There is a strong Paegan tradition in the village existing with the very superstitious Christian traditions. The Owl Killers are a scary group of men who perform their own harsh justice. The story is told from the point of view of several different characters in turn throughout the book. This works well. The story is well researched and uses lots of old fashioned words. A good read.
Framokay
I really enjoyed the author's skill at weaving together elements of history, myth, psychology and mystery into a novel that not only portrays challenges of the time period, but addresses issues pertinent to our own era. The story is told from a number of voices, and until I caught the connections, I was thankful the author provided a cast of characters at the beginning. I especially liked her exploration of the meaning of Christianity. Another reviewer thought the ending left too many loose ends, but I thought the ending suited the book, and was not disappointing at all. Riveting read!
Yayrel
After reading my first book by Karen Maitland, The Gallows Curse, I had to have more. I am a big fan of English historical fiction, particularly the period from 1200 to 1600, and so pursued a second book by Ms. Maitland, The Owl Killers. The story of a group of women who relocate to a small, poor village in England from Amsterdam is full of surprises, the least of which is the paranoid reaction of the villagers to a successful society made up of women only. A secret cult of men who disguise themselves in owl masks, metes out punishment to the villagers for various offenses, large and small, and make things very difficult for the "beguinage" of women. I am looking forward to the next Karen Maitland book on my list.