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Friday, 8 May 2015

Review 1. Salem's Vengeance by Aaron Galvin


Title: Salem's Vengeance
Author: Aaron Galvin
Publisher: Aames & Abernathy
Published: July 25nd 2014 
Pages: 252 pages

"Sixteen-year-old Sarah Kelly never expected to meet the Devil’s daughter. She only sought innocent dancing in the moonlight, not a coven entranced by their dark priestess. When her friends partake of a powder meant to conjure spirits - and the results go horribly awry - Sarah is forced to make a choice. To keep their secret risks her own damnation, but to condemn them may invoke the accusing remnants of Salem to rise again."

Review:

Expect the unexpected. This was how I felt while reading this book.

I have always found the Salem Witch Trials a very interesting part of American history - even though, it's a dark part of its history. I read Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne and that was all I read related to the subject until I discovered Salem's Vengeance. The book gives an inside look at the Salem Witch Trials and its repercussions.

I found Salem's Vengeance a very interesting story with all its mysteries and twists - as I wrote previously, expect the unexpected. When Sarah receives a journal from Hectate, the devil's daughter, she learns the truth about the trials. Sarah's life completely changes after meeting the devil's daughter because everything she thought she knew wasn't real - there's character development; one more reason to love this book.

It's clear Galvin did his historical research - the 17th century language (I found it difficult to read a few times), the life of a puritan community (especially their devotion to God), the mention of historical figures... The historical facts brought authenticity to the story. Also, Galvin did a great work describing the evil inside the human beings that leads them to do unspeakable things - the puritan community wasn't as pious as it pretended to be.

I recommend Salem's Vengeance to everyone who enjoys historical fiction with a bit - well, more than a bit - of horror.

All I've to say now is: Run from the witches! RUN!

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I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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