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The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

February 16th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

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I would rate this book at 4 stars.

Description: Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha’s courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.

This  book was gripping and I was pulled into the craziness of Sarah’s world in which anyone could be accused of being a  witch.  It was touching to see Sarah come to realize that behind their austerity both her mother and father loved her and would do anything to keep their children safe.  Sarah’s story made you feel as if you were there witnessing everything that happened to her family and I wanted to cry as her mother was taken to be hanged.  It is also scary to think that entire villages could be caught up in such a hysteria in which they could accuse their neighbors including old men, women and young children of witchcraft and condemn them to death.   I also came to care for each of Sarah’s brothers and my heart would rise and fall with each obstacle presented in front on them.  I think anyone reading this book will be transported into the lives of those who lived and died during the witch trials that began in Salem.

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