Author: Aaron Galvin
Release Date: June 30th, 2014
Source: Received from the author in exchange for
an honest review
an honest review
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.
Aaron Galvin has managed to breathe new life into this time era, and <i>Salem's Vengeance</i> is a dark but eye opening look into a frightful time in history. What started as nothing more than childish impulses grows into a terrifying bloodbath, where fear becomes the true enemy of those involved. This book brings facts to the witch hunts, and the greedy men who helped create them, showing a well researched and engaging novel that is entertaining and enlightening.
To be honest, I can be a pansy when it comes to gore and violence, and there were quite a few moments in this book that involved it. Yet I still found the writing tasteful, and not overdone. The journal entries Sarah would read about the Salem Witch Trials felt a bit long at some points, but they were spaced out enough I didn't feel too dragged down by the passages. I liked the authenticity the story has, with family relationships, Sarah's friends, and even the little touches or romance. While I'm not a huge history buff, what I've learned about the Trials did match up with the writing in this book.
There are some intense scenes (this does deal with the Witch Trials, after all), but I feel most readers would be able to handle it. It has sort of those spooky movie shivers; if you're squeamish, just build your pillow fort before you start.
Overall, another great novel by Aaron Galvin.