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The Owl Killers
The Owl Killers | Karen Maitland
21 posts | 12 read | 9 to read
In 1321, the English town of Ulewic teeters between survival and destruction, faith and doubt, God and demons. Against this intense backdrop, a group of women have formed a beguinage, a self-sustaining community of women. Led by the strong-willed Servant Martha, these women are committed to a code of celibacy and prayer, hard work and charity that is unsanctioned by the all-powerful church. Still, the villagers have come to rely on this remarkable group of women for their very lives. And seeking shelter among them now is the youngest daughter of Ulewics lord, a man who holds power over them all. But when a series of natural calamities strikes, the beguinages enemies make their move, stirring the superstitious villagers with dark rumors of unspeakable depravities and unleashing upon the defiant all-female community the full force of their vengeance in the terrifying form of the Owl Killers. Men cloaked in masks and secrecy, ruling with violence and intimidationthe Owl Killers draw battle lines. In this village ravaged by flood and disease, the women of the beguinage must draw upon their deepest strength if they are to overcome the raging storm of long-held secrets and shattering lies.
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Boring and infocused

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This is a great bit of gothic horror. Very Wicker Man. A fascinating story of superstition, primal fear, misogyny and misuse of power.

GrilledCheeseSamurai That cover! 👌 12mo
batsy That sounds great! 12mo
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Patron saint of drunkards, you say.......?

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Stuck in work on Christmas eve so reading a gothic horror where everyone dies horribly. Feliz navidad.

TrishB Hope the day goes quickly 💕 12mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB ta. Got sent home early, now home and listening to Tolkien 🎅😊 12mo
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YAAAAAASS our local pub's got the festive Plum Pudding beer back on. Note suitably festive gothic horror reading. #BooksAndBooze

RealLifeReading Plum pudding beer? Sounds fun! 12mo
arlenefinnigan @RealLifeReading it's Christmas in a glass 😉🎄 12mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Next up #OwlsOfLitsy

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Robothugs Sounds intense 😳 14mo
Cinfhen I love the graphics and book sounds creepy good 👀 14mo
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Who has a hot take on either of these massive doorstops? They have been sitting on my end table for a while. I doubled them because I haven‘t yet got the knack of keeping Litsy from chopping my photos off on the left and right. #bookrec #tbr

TrishB I enjoyed The Historian 👍🏻 also I used Square sized app for those photos that Litsy normally crops! 2y
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This is a historical fiction novel set in 14th c. England: The village of Ulewich is the setting for this tale of superstition and hardship. Pagan beliefs war with a struggling Roman Catholic Church and a beguinage (a devotional community of female laity) as floods, cattle murrain, and disease hit the community. There‘s a *touch* of the paranormal but it works!

High page count but fast read. Glossary at end. For fans of Oliver Pötzsch

BookHermit I picked this up from the library last week. Thanks for the review! 2y
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#HumpDayPost

🥂Dedicating this year‘s reading to the letter, “M!” I have about 50-6O books in the stax that I want to read/re-read whose authors‘ last names begin with “M.” This is the first stack.

🥂I love reading narrative NF history & historical fiction, except when they‘re set during the US Civil War

🥂LOL, yes! White wine, dark stouts, bourbon, vodka, and Scotch. And I never say, “No” to Champagne!

🥂I have brown eyes

🥂CR: Tagged Book

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Just started this 2009 backlist title about a vigilante group in the 14th century, the beguinage in the village, and the aristocracy that rules the village as well...

Years ago at work, I scored an ARC of ‘The Owl Killers‘ but didn‘t get around to reading it before it was published, so when the e-book edition popped up on sale, I grabbed it! Sadly, the design elements (by Simon M. Sullivan) didn‘t make it to the digital format.

#TBR2009

drokka I loved the concept of this book, and enjoy Maitland's writing style. I'd read more from her, but she is tough to find in Canada without paying an arm and a leg. 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ive had this in my tbr forever! I will get to it someday! 2y
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#ForReasonsUnknown, every copy of this has gone missing from Oldham libraries (it's listed as available at three). Can't help wondering how if Chaddy jnr had something to do with it.... #TuneIntoNovember @Cinfhen @Robothugs #OwlsOfLitsy

Robothugs 🤔 Interesting! Supernatural forces are at work here! 2y
Cinfhen 🤣😂😂 2y
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LeeRHarry Ooh there's that cushion again 💕 2y
Redjewel_7734 😍😍😍 🦉 🦉🦉🦉🦉 2y
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MinDea Those are so cute! I love owls. 2y
LeeRHarry There's that cushion again! 😏 2y
arlenefinnigan @LeeRHarry One of many 😉 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Love the cushions! 2y
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Traded PEOPLE OF THE BOOK for this. Love the serendipity of a LFL!

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Jennick2004 Absolutely gorgeous!! ❤️ 3y
arlenefinnigan @Jennick2004 innit? ❤ ( why are there,like, 4 chicken emojis and no owl ones? ) 3y
Jennick2004 Hahaha so true! 🦉 oooh look!! 3y
arlenefinnigan @Jennick2004 gah. My stupid Android phone. 😉 3y
Jennick2004 Aww well poo lol 3y
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James Wow! That's a great cover. 3y
arlenefinnigan @James beautiful isn't it? 3y
RealLifeReading Beautiful! 3y
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arlenefinnigan
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#booktober #CreepyCovers
Someone's gonna have nightmares tonight. #OwlsOfLitsy

Texreader Such a cute photo!!! The book looks good too! 3y
arlenefinnigan @Texreader Think I need another photo to convey its full creepiness.... 3y
yayeahyeah Ahhh that photo is wonderful! 3y
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