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The Vanishing Witch Free read Ì 7 ✓ The reign of Richard II is troubled the poor are about to become poorer still and landowners are lining their pockets It's a case of every man for himself whatever his status or wealth But in a world where nothing can be taken at face value who can you trust The dour wool merchant His impulsive son The stepdauTh But in a world where nothing can be taken at face value who can you trust The dour wool merchant His impulsive son The stepdaughter with the hypnotic eyes Or the raven haired wido. This novel takes us from September 1380 to September 1381 and takes place mainly around the city of Lincoln The main plot revolves around respected wool merchant Robert of Bassingham married to Edith and with two sons Jan and Adam When Robert is approached by wealthy widow Catlin he is flattered and happy to help give her advice Before long Catlin has wormed her way into Robert’s affections and into his household although Edith’s maid Beata is suspicious of her motives and Jan feels he is making a fool of himself with the younger womanA side story concerns river boatman Gunter who lives with his beloved wife and children in a small village outside of the city Work is hard to find and the family live in poverty but their troubles are about to be increased with the new poll tax This was a tax to be paid for every person in a household over the age of fifteen and not trusting those paying to declare everyone in their family Commissioners would visit and carry out intrusive and crude investigations into the age of children living there which caused outrage among the people already struggling to pay I have read and enjoyed all of Karen Maitland’s novels and this is certainly one of her best Anyone familiar with her books will know that there is often a magical element to her stories and this is the case in this one too With tales of ghosts sorcery and witchcraft this is a tale of murder and magic From the beginning we doubt the motives of Caitlin and her children – the arrogant Edward and the sinister Leonia – and her designs on Robert and his familyAlthough I really enjoyed the mystery concerning Robert of Bassingham I felt the storyline concerning the Peasants’ Revolt worked less well This is a pretty hefty book but still the author perhaps tries to fit too many side stories into the plot However as always her characters are interesting and her ability to create a realistic historical background excellent Each chapter begins with spells and anti witchcraft charms taken from medieval texts and folklore which help set the scene and create an arresting atmosphere Lincoln is a city where the rich fear attack the poor fear starvation and unrest lurks alongside the spirits in the narrow lanes If you enjoy historical mysteries then Karen Maitland is an author that you should certainly add to your reading list

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The reign of Richard II is troubled the poor are about to become poorer still and landowners are lining their pockets It's a case of every man for himself whatever his status or weal. Paradoxically this unusual complex book can best be described in just three words Expect the unexpected Its subject matter narration characters and plot are all deliciously surprising making THE VANISHING WITCH uite unlike anything else I have read It is even difficult to assign it a genre it contains magic but is not a fantasy novel it contains ghosts but is not a ghost story it contains intrigue and suspense but is not a thriller The best I can say is that historical fiction is probably closest to the mark And it's a witching good storyThere are many books dealing with medieval women unjustly accused of witchcraft and many dealing with medieval women who dabble in the supernatural for benevolent reasons and with ambiguous results was it really magic that produced those results or just coincidence But THE VANISHING WITCH asks what if it wasn't all just hocus pocus and superstition What if there really were witches whose enchantments potions spells and talismans worked exactly as they were believed to And what if the people around them had very good reason to fear the malevolence of these wicked womenThe narration of the story is as uirky as everything else about it We are all used to the ubiuitous and usually anonymous omniscient narrator but while the main storyteller of THE VANISHING WITCH is all but omniscient he is not anonymous he is a ghost And as if that were not enough to get used to a chapter here and there is hijacked by the first person narration of one or other of the story's two main women characters before it is relinuished once to the or less third person account of our spectral friend This does take a little getting used to but I became accustomed to it reasonably uickly and thereafter found it to be just one facet that makes this story fascinating As is usual for me however it was the characterization that really made this book shine Set in an era in which wealthy men had virtually all the power and women and girls had almost none THE VANISHING WITCH turns all of this upside down so that almost all the male characters are mere dupes and ciphers and the females are empowered and placed in the spotlight Although the cast of characters is not huge there is a reasonable balance between virtuous and evil females and interestingly the evil they are the power they have This is no mere coincidence it is because they have deliberately empowered themselves which has interesting implications for the traditional semiotic maxim that female should euate with passivity and when it does not something wicked will this way comeThe categories of good and evil women are problematized and as the story progresses until I began to ponder on how evil these witches really were Medieval women had such a scant handful of means by which they could improve upon the circumstances into which they were born and almost all of these involved them being considered evil and unnatural by society Could I really condemn them for trying to improve their lot using the only options available to them I would even venture to say that in THE VANISHING WITCH Karen Maitland has provided feminist literary theorists with a fresh new text for study in relation to the concept of the pit or the pedestal The plot and pacing of THE VANISHING WITCH are very skillfully handled The story does start out a little sedately but I suspect this was done purposely to allow the reader the necessary time to become accustomed to the unusual narration and concepts of the book Once the story does get started it builds momentum relentlessly ending in a deliciously jaw dropping crescendo The latter half of the book reveals several twists to the story and I was initially rather smug that I had guessed one or two of them before they were revealed

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The Vanishing WitchW clutching her necklace of bloodstones And when people start dying unnatural deaths and the peasants decide it's time to fight back it's all too easy to spy witchcraft at every turn. I was pretty excited when I received a copy of this to review via Bookbridgr because I've enjoyed all Maitland's work so far And this is certainly very much like her other work in tone and style the historical setting carefully drawn; female characters focused on as least as much as the male ones; hints at supernatural aspects without anything being completely overtUnfortunately it also has the kind of plot and twist I expected from Karen Maitland's work as well It's very effective in the first couple of books I've read by her but I predicted it here and that took away some of the enjoyment She still has great control of pacing a great handle on her characters and how they relate to each other how people manipulate each other But I expected the story to play out as it did almost from reading the first hundred pagesIt's still a good story but that knowing really disappointed me I'm hoping for something different from Maitland's next novel something that will surprise and intrigue me the way her first book did instead of just being enjoyable I've read all her other books in almost one sitting but the last two have been comfortable just books to sit down and read when I had time I'm hoping for the compulsive uality of the first couple