Triumphed as a darker take on the Canterbury Tales, this is one book that needs to be read.
Company of Liars by Karen Maitland is an incredible story following a group of charlatans in medieval England as they run from town to town trying ever desperately to stay ahead of the horrible plague that dogs their every move. We also learn that none of them are what meets the eye, and that the cover story was just a cover for yet another cover story.
Naturally enough plot twists abound as there is only one truth to this world, you can’t trust anyone. The characters really pop on the page and you can believe how these people exist when the only way they can make money is by being judged not on the quality of their deeds but solely on the entertainment value of their lies.
I have not had the pleasure yet to read any more of Karen Maitland’s novels but I can not wait until I get the chance.
Company of Liars
by Karen Maitland
published by Delacorte Press