The Owl Killers
|Annotation:||From the author of Company of Liars, hailed as `a jewel of a medieval mystery` * and `an atmospheric tale of treachery and magic,` ** comes a magnificent new novel of an embattled village and a group of courageous women who are set on a collision course in an unforgettable storm of secrets, lust, and rage.|
England, 1321. The tiny village of Ulewic teeters between survival and destruction, faith and doubt, God and demons. For shadowing the villagers` lives are men cloaked in masks and secrecy, ruling with violence, intimidation, and terrifying fiery rites: the Owl Masters.
But another force is touching Ulewic a newly formed community built and served only by women. Called a beguinage, it is a safe harbor of service and faith in defiance of the all-powerful Church.
Behind the walls of this sanctuary, women have gathered from all walks of life: a skilled physician, a towering former prostitute, a cook, a local convert. But life in Ulewic is growing more dangerous with each passing day. The women are the subject of rumors, envy, scorn, and fury.until the daughter of Ulewic`s most powerful man is cast out of her home and accepted into the beguinage and battle lines are drawn.
Into this drama are swept innocents and conspirators: a parish priest trying to save himself from his own sins.a village teenager, pregnant and terrified.a woman once on the verge of sainthood, now cast out of the Church &With Ulewic ravaged by flood and disease, and with villagers driven by fear, a secret inside the beguinage will draw the desperate and the depraved until masks are dropped, faith is tested and every lie is exposed.
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