Speaks the Nightbird: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Came the time when the two travellers knew night would catch them, and shelter must be found.

God and Satan are at war in the colonial Carolina town of Fount Royal, and even the citizens suspect that a witch is behind the tragedies that have plagued the town. The chief suspect is the beautiful and haunted widow Rachel. Traveling judge ...
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Speaks the Nightbird: A Novel

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Overview


Came the time when the two travellers knew night would catch them, and shelter must be found.

God and Satan are at war in the colonial Carolina town of Fount Royal, and even the citizens suspect that a witch is behind the tragedies that have plagued the town. The chief suspect is the beautiful and haunted widow Rachel. Traveling judge Isaac Woodward and his bright young clerk Matthew Corbett arrive to conduct a trial—and uncover the true evil at work in Fount Royal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480448469
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 812
  • Sales rank: 51,010
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


One of the founders of the Horror Writers Association, Robert R. McCammon (b. 1952) is one of the country’s most accomplished authors of modern horror and historical fiction. Raised by his grandparents in Birmingham, Alabama, McCammon published his first novel, the Revelations-inspired Baal, when he was only twenty-six. His writings continued in a supernatural vein throughout the 1980s, producing such bestselling titles as Swan Song, The Wolf’s Hour, and Stinger

In 1991 Boy’s Life won the World Fantasy Award for best novel. After his next novel, Gone South, McCammon took a break from writing to spend more time with his family. He did not publish another novel until 2002’s Speaks the Nightbird. Since then he has followed “fixer” Matthew Corbett in two sequels, The Queen of Bedlam and Mister Slaughter. His newest novel is The Five. McCammon and his family continue to live in Birmingham.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    All is not as it seems...

    Fantastic book with many twists and turns. You will not be able to put the book down once you begin. The descriptions of the town and the characters will come alive for you and you will be cheering for the good guys! Great historical fiction.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

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    Could have been better

    This was the first fictions piece I read after finishing the Outlander series, so maybe my bar was set a little too high. (If you enjoy historical fiction, the Outlander books are the best there is in my opinion.) The author of Speaks the Nightbird did an excellent job of developing each character during the first part of the book. I've read some reviews that felt he over-developed the characters, but I enjoy thorough story telling. The story had great potential until about three quarters of the way through... I got the feeling the author needed to wrap the story quickly.... like something came up or he lost interest...? It was very odd. The ending plot was very involved and the story could have had a great conclusion, but it was hastily summarized instead. The ending didn't do the first part of the book justice at all and left me very disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

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    A welcome return for a great horror writer

    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful: <BR/> A welcome return for a great horror writer, June 1, 2004 <BR/> <BR/><BR/>I have always maintained that there are three great modern American horror writers: Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Robert McCammon. King and Straub, of course, have been churning out books of varying quality for the last twenty-five years - but McCammon inexplicably vanished from the scene ten years ago and hasn't been heard from. <BR/><BR/>Until now. <BR/><BR/>And he marks his return with a different kind of horror story. At the turn of the 18th century a magistrate and his clerk ride toward a recently established village in the Carolinas to deal with a charge of witchcraft. But all is not as it seems. I won't spoil the plot except to say that if you're a McCammon fan this novel is not what you're expecting; but it's great nonetheless.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    Part Agatha Christie, part Robert Lewis Stevenson, part Stephen King, part Joseph Conrad morality tale, but written wholly in Robert McCammon's unique voice, this can only be described as a rip-roarin' good yarn. For a breathless and thoroughly entertaining read, it can't be recommended too highly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    salem witch trial revisited part two

    At the end of book one, several key issues are left unresolved. The trial ensues and the woman accused of withcraft is set to be executed. The assistant does not believe this, and sets off on his own investigation. The turns and twists in this novel are incredible. I really did know if she really was a witch, or if it was a red herring. Just when you think that you have this story figured out, the author leads you down another path, excellent as I hate trite and predictability. I read the first book in a week, bit I got so wrapped up in this book that I finished it in three days. The call of the Nightbird still haunts me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

    Witches!

    Gives a good history of a Witch Trail in NC. Very detailed and a great read!

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Perfect Story

    This is the kind of book you find once in a while that makes it worthwhile to read the mediocre stories.

    It gives you a good feel for the setting and well developed characters. It provides mystery, human weaknesses, romance, suspense, history, good and bad characters. Well, it has everything you'd want in a great read.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    Justice takes on a new face

    I loved this book. I felt as if I could "feel" the humidity and the bugs around in the thick Southern summer air. McCammon crafts such great characters that I couldn't wait to catch up with the next situation and set of characters in the next chapter. In the end it was such an AHHA moment when it all wrapped up. I loved it that while some things were not "fair" they still seemed to be "just". Great book with amazing characters. I have recommended (and purchased) this book for many of my friends and ALL have loved it. Can't wait to continue to watch Mathew Corbit grow up and mature.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Speaks the Nightbird speaks to me.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The plot was well laid out and while I had some trouble keeping the characters straight in my mind, it all came together near the end and made so much sense.
    I've recommended it to several others and can't wait to discuss it with them.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    Among My Ten or Fifteen Best Ever

    The book was recommended by a friend. I had never read McCammon before. Now I am an avid McCammon fan. The story, revolving around a witch trial in colonial America of the 1700's, is simple but the characters are outstanding. The interaction of the "hero", a law clerk, with the various characters is what made it such a memorable read for me. Best of all, the book had an ending that tied together all the loose ends. You will love picking up the book each time until you finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2003

    What a come back!

    Speaks the Nightbird is a turn of the century, the 17th century, novel that is more than just a story about a witch trial. Robert McCammon has brought together a profound and believable story that delves into the medical, social, and judicial system of the times. This book has a ton of twists and turns making it a definite thrill ride from cover to cover. The characters and plotlines are so well developed that you feel like you are right there in Fount Royal. Even though this book is considered historical fiction instead of horror you will not be disappointed because many of the situations and events that come about during the telling of the story, are at times very gruesome. But if you know anything about this time in American history you will understand all the hardships that our forefathers went through to make our country what it is today. If you read only one book this year, Speaks the Nightbird should be the one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2002

    Worth The Wait

    I was sooo thrilled to see that Robert McCammon had written another book. I have read all of his books and really enjoyed this one. It is long and excellent. I finished this book two weeks ago and still miss reading about Matthew... An excellent mystery / with horror about witchcraft and how we used to live.. After reading this book you will truly count your blessings.. Enjoy.. I sure did..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    Rivals Miller's Crucible

    Nightbird is one of the few 700 page books I've read in one week; the characters, setting, story, and plot, all keep the reader engrossed in the book. This book reads like a Gothic--and at points one of the characters seems like Sherlocke Holmes. The book is set in a town called Fount Royal, outside of Charles Town. Fount Royal has had problems with a witch, and Matthew Corbett and Magistrate Woodward are called from Charles Town to try the accused witch. What seems like an open-and-shut case to Magistrate Woodward, quickly becomes much more. Matthew, the magistrate's clerk, quickly finds himself trying to debunk an enigma inside a whopper of a conundrum. This is a VERY good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    Ten years too long,but well worth the wait!!!

    I dont beleieve there is a book by this author I did not enjoy.McCammon,is without question my favorate writer.I just finished this book (In 4 days I might add),and all I can say is,WOW!No one delivers such compelling character's ,and an amazing plot like McCammon.He is so gifted to take you on a journey with his in depth desciption and storytelling that almost confuses the reader with fantasy and reality.The mystery surrounding the plot will have you guessing to the very end.I will not go into the story ,other reviews already have.All I can say is to stop whatever your reading now,and go get this book.I only wish it did'nt take ten years to finally read it!I loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    THIS WAS DEFINITELY WORTH THE TEN-YEAR WAIT!!!

    It¿s been ten long years since Robert McCammon¿s last published book, but I¿m happy to say that the author is finally back in full form with SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD, a novel that tackles the injustice of the witchcraft trials in Colonial America and how one young man dares to resist the mob mentality in order to save the woman he loves. It begins in 1699 when Magistrate Isaac Woodward and his clerk, Matthew Corbett, are called to the small town of Fount Royal, which is on the coast of the Carolinas, to investigate the accusations of witchcraft and murder against the beautiful Rachel Howarth. She has been accursed of killing her own husband, Daniel, and the Reverend Grove, as well as having sexual intercourse with the Devil, and causing the slow demise of the community. The town¿s people are ready to lynch Rachel, but Magistrate Woodward uses the power of his position to insist that a fair trail takes place before anything is done to the woman. As the witnesses are called forth during the days ahead, each one describes in explicit detail how they saw Mrs. Howarth in the throes of passion with her supposedly dark Master. Woodward firmly believes that the witnesses are telling the truth, but young Matthew begins to suspect that there¿s someone else behind the scenes¿someone who¿s pulling the strings of the local town¿s people, intent of destroying Fount Royal and making Rachel the scapegoat to divert attention from his evil plans. When Rachel is sentenced to burn at the stake, Matthew¿s left with only a few days to prove her innocence and to find out the identity of the real murderer. SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD clearly surpasses any of Robert McCammon¿s earlier novels in sheer scope and craftsmanship. In fact, I consider it to be his crowning achievement in the field of fiction. Unlike his previous work in the horror genre, this is a historical novel of grand proportions (729 pages of small print) that delves into the hardships of day-to-day living during Colonial times, along with the fears and superstitions that caused many people to behave in the most hideous manner toward their fellow brothers. Mr. McCammon takes us into this desolate world, creating a murder mystery of such complexity that the reader is kept on his toes in a futile effort to guess who the killer really is. One can¿t help but be delighted in the multitude of characters that come alive within this story, each with their own uniqueness, perversity, and hidden agendas. It isn¿t long before you realize that almost everyone living in the town has something to hide and a strong reason for wanting Rachel to be convicted. Of course, it¿s Matthew Corbett who¿s the real star of the story as he quickly makes the journey into manhood, trusting his own instincts for discovering the truth and refusing to give up when faced with the impossible, believing in the power of justice and love. But, is he strong enough to take on the whole town and risk being burned at the stake with Rachel? SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD is a true masterpiece of literary fiction that¿s filled with nail-biting suspense and hard-hitting intrigue. This is the kind of novel that¿s sure to keep you up till the wee hours of the night, turning the pages in a hurried frenzy to find out what happens next. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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