Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Salem's Vengeance by Aaron Galvin

Salem's Vengeance
Author:  Aaron Galvin
Publisher:  Self-Published
Pages: 264
Release Date: June 30th, 2014
Source: Received from the author in exchange for
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.

Sometimes facts are spookier than fiction, and the Salem Witch Trials were certainly one of those cases. 

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.

1 comment:

  1. This book looks really good! I don't know much about the Witch Trials as they terrify me to death but similar to most people, I am morbidly fascinated by them. Sarah seems like an interesting character and not like one of those cliche teen stereotypes I've often come across in various books.

    Will definitely be picking this up!