- Pages: 262
- Published: March 2nd 2017
- Publisher: Eska Publishing
This is my first time reading Kelly Evans, but it will not be my last. Oddly enough, I found a signed copy of The Mortecarni in my local independent bookstore. I took it as a sign from the book gods, and bought it. I confirmed the signature was real, and began my reading marathon. I say marathon, but even though this book is 262 pages long, it reads like a 62 page book. It reads quick and it’s entertaining as hell. And I’m not even a big fan of medieval times or the Middle Ages, but this story caught my attention and kept me intrigued.
You have the Black Death as the backdrop, and then you have your flesh eating zombies. Both are spreading rapidly through England. There’s only one person who knows how to stop them. His name is Maurice. Brother Maurice isn’t your ordinary physician or monk. He is very versatile character. He knows some things, but as you read along, you learn as he learns, which adds a layer of depth, giving Maurice more complexity.
Kelly Evans does a great job researching for this book. I love history and this was an entertaining history lesson indeed. Medicine has come a long way since 1384. I want to sanitize my hands just thinking about it. But the doctors are doing the best they can with what they have to work with. It isn’t all that primitive, but they do have their shortcomings as far as cleanliness and sanitation. On top of all that, zombies are running amok, creating chaos all over England.
Kelly Evans writes with the best of them. The Mortecarni has all the ingredients that you want in a horror book. Kelly Evans executes the hook and climax very well. From the start, Evans grabs you by the collar and pulls you into the tale. The vivid scenes jump from the pages. There is one scene that made my jaw drop, and there’s a lot of carnage in this book. If you’ve read this one, then you probably know the scene I’m talking about. I don’t want to spoil anything for potential readers. There is a sequel––that’s not a spoiler by the way. I look forward to reading the next installment. The Mortecarni is where it’s at. I regret not reading it sooner. Overall, my reading experience was great. Dig it!
THE YEAR IS 1348 AND THE BLACK DEATH IS RAVAGING ENGLAND. For Brother Maurice, a monk and physician, the disease is the most terrifying he’s ever seen. But Maurice soon learns of an even more deadly threat: the exanimate Mortecarni. After his first unexpected encounter with the creatures, Maurice is pulled into a world of savagery and secrecy. As he travels across the country, investigating both the plague and the Mortecarni, Maurice questions how such unholy suffering is possible. When his own family is struck down, his beliefs falter. Can he regain his faith and save both England and himself?