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Speaks the Nightbird: Judgment of the Witch (2002)

by Robert McCammon

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Judgement of the Witch, Volume I of the Speaks the Nightbird, is one of the best books I've read all year. When I look back on this novel, I see that nothing much happened, yet there is so much going on. McCammon developed his characters so well that I feel that I know all of them, yet there is still so much to learn about them. My one beef with this is it seems to me that the publisher seemed to just pick an arbitrary point at which to split the original novel. No real cliffhangers, no real resolution on anything in the first book, so looking at the book by itself, it was very unsatisfying, but that has nothing to do with McCammon and his story and all to do with the publisher. I am starting the second part of this today as I can't wait to finish this as I do feel this (taken as a whole) will be the best of the year. ( )
  harpua | Nov 25, 2012 |
Excellent story, though, about a magistrate and a clerk who travel to a small town in 1699 to try a witch. Most everyone in the town is convinced she's a witch, but the clerk, who's curious by nature, has a lot of questions, and things aren't adding up. Good characterization. ( )
  Darla | Dec 5, 2008 |
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Came the time when the two travellers knew night would catch them, and shelter must be found.
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This is Volume 1 of a two-volume republication of Speaks the Nightbird (originally published as a one-volume hardcover.)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743474325, Mass Market Paperback)

After a decade, New York Times bestselling author Robert McCammon returns with an epic novel of suspense that reinstates him as one of the great storytellers of our time....

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe their town is cursed by a witch. What else could explain the sudden fires, crop failures and gruesome murders? Convinced that Rachel Howarth, the beautiful widow of the recently slain minister, is to blame, they throw her into a gaol to await trial and execution.

Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew -- who, despite the evidence against Rachel, believes in her innocence. But soon he realizes that there truly is Evil at work in Fount Royal: a malevolent force more powerful than any witch could ever hope to conjure....

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