The Gallows Curse

The Gallows Curse

by Karen Maitland

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ISBN-13: 9780141956886
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 03/03/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 362,095
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Karen Maitland travelled and worked in many parts of the United Kingdom before finally settling in the beautiful medieval city of Lincoln. She is the author of The White Room, Company of Liars and The Owl Killers. The latter two titles are available as Penguin paperbacks.

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Gallows Curse 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
During the 13th century, because of a dispute between the Vatican and King John, churches, clerics, and religious worship and sacraments were banned. A young, virgin, servant girl named Elena is taken from her laborious servitude to live and work within Gastmere Manor. But she does not know that she has secretly been subjected to a secret ceremony that will cause her soul to absorb the sins of a dead man. Almost immediately, she is plagued by visions of horrendous murders and she believes she is the murderer. In desperation, she turns to the local wise woman, whose uses her for her own selfish devices regarding a terrible curse. Master Raffaele is the manor’s steward, a castrato haunted by the sins of his own past. He becomes Elena’s sole means of support and friendship when the castle is taken over by traitorous, unscrupulous new overlords. Soon, she finds herself pregnant and accused of a crime she didn’t commit. To save her life, Raffaele hides her in a filthy brothel run by a dwarf madame with an agenda of her own. And this is just the start. The story unfolds with passion, tension, conflict, and mayhem, hooking the reader from start to finish. I’m always thrilled when I stumble upon a great book written by a fabulous author previously unknown to me. Karen Maitland and her novel The Gallows Curse is definitely my newest, exciting discovery. In her latest medieval, gothic style novel, there is plenty happening, and it’s all gripping. For those who like their stories dark and on the sinister side, this will definitely satisfy. Superstition, murder, mystery, treachery, cruelty, and shocking secrets all reveal themselves with each turn of the page. For a tale that is fierce, audacious, and radiantly told, this is one novel where I wanted to savour every word to its shocking end. I loved every word!