The Heretic's Daughter ePUB ↠ The Heretic's eBook

The Heretic's Daughter ePUB ↠ The Heretic's eBook

The Heretic's Daughter [Reading] ➿ The Heretic's Daughter ➶ Kathleen Kent – 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 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 than people accused of The Heretic's eBook ¼ witchcraft This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death as told by the daughter who survivedKathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendant of Martha Carrier She paints a haunting portrait not just of Puritan New England but also of one family's deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.

  • Paperback
  • 332 pages
  • The Heretic's Daughter
  • Kathleen Kent
  • English
  • 07 March 2016
  • 9780316024495

About the Author: Kathleen Kent

Kathleen Kent’s fifth book titled The Burn seuel to the Edgar nominated The Dime is a contemporary crime novel set in Dallas Kirkus gave The Burn a starred review and The Washington Post writes “Raymond Chandler praised Dashiell Hammett for taking crime fiction out of the drawing room and into the streets With Betty Rhyzyk Kathleen Kent brings those mean streets to life as excitingly as an.

10 thoughts on “The Heretic's Daughter

  1. Jaidee Jaidee says:

    5 illuminating tragic intricate stars 7th Favorite Read of 2016 tie I am amazed that this is a first novel The book is a very fine specimen of very fine historical fictionNot only that but the author is a tenth generation descendant of this family from 1690s Massachusetts during the height of the Salem Witch Trials The novel is from the perspective of Sarah Carrier a ten year old girl who experiences the difficulties and challenges of this historical period in New England This author is such an amazing storyteller She describes the landscapes townscapes to a vivid degree the minutiae of daily lifethe complex sociology of the community to the interelationships and inner lives of the inhabitants The conditions at the best of times are challenging but at the worst of times the author takes you into the suffering to such a degree that you start to panic and frantically want to skip pages or take long breaks from reading Until reading this book I did not fully understand how these atrocities could occur at the hysterical rantings of a few teenage girls The book unfolds in such a careful yet hypnotic fashion that not only are you a reader but you become a witness to the plight of not only the Carrier family but to the adult and child witches that were accused and convicted of such utter nonsense The writing is rich intelligent and interesting And what finally of the tortures of a guilty soul? What concoction is there that can be chewed and swallowed and downed in the belly to force the poison of self recrimination back through the the pores in the skin? In what organ of the body does it reside ? A seeping wound can be bound Salve can be dabbed to a burn or a swelling bubo Poison can be drawn with a leech or a lance But guilt is a ghost that takes the shape of the body it inhabits and consumes all that is tender within its shell brain bowels and heart I cannot pluck it out like a splinter of glass or treat it with herbal brew I am so excited to have discovered a new favorite author and very much want to read her other novels Thank you Ms Kent for writing this book and I am sorry your ancestors suffered so

  2. Melki Melki says:

    for where there are women there are witches In 1692 jealous relatives some pissed off neighbors and a disgruntled former employee united to accuse an entire family of witchcraft Since it was the good old days of guilty until proven innocent they were tossed into a literal dungeon to rot Forget zombies ghosts and vampires other people are the true monsters hereA scary scary cautionary tale about the abuse of power and the dangers of a theocracyLet's not let this happen again okay?

  3. Sara Sara says:

    As God in heaven knows changing a name cannot change the history of a place Nothing can change the history of Salem Massachusetts so the inhabitants have embraced it They have built a memorial to the innocents who died there they have made a kind of tourist industry of it but the reality of what transpired stills the heart when truly contemplated on that exact hour a four year old girl Dorcas Good was examined by those judges in Salem Town jail Her little feet and hands were bound by iron manacles so she could not send her spirit out and torment further the girls who were her accusersThe reality of what happened to 20 innocent men and women in Salem and to countless others who were not hanged reads like a twisted fairytale; but of course it is all too real and all too revealing of who we humans can be in our worst hours Look around closely and see the blame game and hysteria of our own timesMost of us are familiar with the events and perhaps even with the details but Kathleen Kent has put such a human face on Martha Carrier and her family that it all seems imbued with a fresh kind of horror and terror What could you do in the face of such accusations? How long could you stand up for your innocence or that of your loved ones when sanity has taken a vacation and your mere denial places others in jeopardy? Who hasn’t uttered words that might be twisted and reshaped until they are swords in the hands of the unscrupulous fanatic?Kent writes beautifully with a sharpness and wisdom in her words A red wasp crawled across my hand and I froze lest he bury his stinger in my flesh He was beautiful and frightful with his soulless black eyes and uivering barb and it came harshly to me that this garden was the world and from the world there would be no hidingThe book is sprinkled with words I wished to remember and uotes I stopped to ponder Life is not what you have or what you can keep It is what you can bear to loseMen are always the last to ken what women know by sniffing the air That’s why God gave bodily might to Adam to balance the ineuities in strengthThe tension in this novel begins to build from the first page The sense of foreboding is palpable Sarah our narrator says The dread that had poured over me on the way to Samuel Preston’s farm returned to lick its way from my eyes to my neck It congealed and tightened there like an insect caught in an amber necklace That pretty much describes the way I felt throughout the bookWe know where it is going we know it will not end well we know reason did not win this battle and yet I sat on the edge of my seat hoping and wishing for another outcome But this is not a book about fantasy this is a book about reality in 1692 this was a world and an event that was all too real Like The Crucible before it it is about strength; strength of character impossible endurance maintaining who you are in the face of unspeakable injustice It is a reminder that there are different ways to define victory some victories are shallow and some are intangible and worth remembering for ages If I am ever able to make the trip to Massachusetts I would like to stand before the memorial they have built there and say a prayer for the souls of the twenty and for all the other lives that were touched and changed by what happened to them there For now I pray for us that we will have wisdom judgment and compassion than our ancestors had

  4. Jackie Jackie says:

    I won this here at GOODREADSWhile it seemed slow in the beginning boring even it was just that very thing that made this book very powerful in it's representation of the events surrounding The Salem Witch TrialsThe first half of the book was a day to day in the life a 9 year old girl Sarah Carrier of Andover giving me a feel for life in 17th Century New EnglandWhen the book gets to the accusations the fear is palpable As events spiral out of control the novel sheds a light in the darkness that radiates outward from the trials This novel is not so much about the Trials themselves although giving the fact of the trials it's about the family left behind while Sarah's mother was sent to prison and awaiting sentencing And conditions in the prison where Sarah and her brothers are held once they are accused also were horrific The depair and awfulness of it all hit me like a ton of bricks But the novel is not all doom and gloom as we see the family bonds and strength of character in our main charactersA powerful novel

  5. Gary Gary says:

    A compelling historic drama about one of the darkest chapter's in America's history the Salem witch trialsTold through the eyes of Sarah Cartier who as an intelligent and curious child finds her life turned into a nightmare when her mother Martha a herbalist and healer is accused of of witchcraft Her entire family is hounded humiliated and and starved before being sent to a hellish prisonA richly atmospheric novel of insane and cruel hysteria driven by cruel and malevolent preachersTold through the experiences of childhood when the youngest children could be jailed and tortured for 'witchcraft' and where even pets are executed for being allegedly 'mediums'This bigoted fanatical savagery is now taking place across the Islamic world The parallels are disturbingRichly written compelling and highly recommended

  6. Susan Susan says:

    Hyssop for cough Rosemary for fever A sprig of mint to cleanse ill humors from the mouth Slippery elm for the midwife Horse chestnut for stiffness of limb Golden bough for palsy But what is the cure for rage? And what of the tortures of a guilty mind? A seeping wound can be bound Salve can be dabbed to a burn or a swelling bubo Poison can be drawn with a leech or a lance But guilt is a ghost that takes the shape of the body it inhabits and consumes all that is tender within its shell The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent is largely the story of Martha Carrier the Andover witch as told from the perspective of her young daughter Sarah After unknowingly bringing smallpox with them to their new home in Andover the Carrier family uickly incurs the enmity of their neighbors even as growing illness delivers them a staggering loss With the terrible malady behind them the Carriers try to return to life as usual planting their four acres of wheat and corn tending their livestock trying to hold their heads up in a town full of spiteful resentful peopleSarah soon begins to conceive of a feud of sorts between her parents and her uncle regarding the house and land left to them by her grandmother When supposed supernatural activity in nearby Salem leads to frenzy and panic the family uarrel is escalated as Sarah's uncle and cousin fan the fires of agitation leading to the arrest and trial of Martha Carrier Before she is taken away by the constable Martha explains to Sarah that when they are unable to get a confession from her they will come and take Sarah and her brothers away Knowing her fate she advises Sarah to tell the court whatever they want to hear in order that she and her brothers may go free When Sarah and her brothers are examined in court they are given no choice but to do as their mother bade them and speak out against herKathleen Kent's description of Puritan life is vivid and unrelenting Central to the story is the mother daughter relationship between Martha and Sarah Carrier At the beginning of the book Sarah thinks of her mother as cold and severe As the story progresses however she shares confidences with her mother and is able by the end to proclaim herself to truly be her mother's daughter Kent's portrayal of the Salem witch trials was well researched and compelling I won't say it was easy to read there was much suffering and The Heretic's Daughter was at times extremely difficult to read without tears for the brave men women and children who proclaimed their innocence even unto the end of their lives Their story was tragic and disturbing and will stay with me for a long time

  7. Jeanette (Again) Jeanette (Again) says:

    An outstanding first novel Kathleen Kent is a direct descendant of Martha Carrier the novel's heroine who was hanged in 1692 at the height of the Salem witch trials Kent spent five years researching and writing this novel of her heritage and the result is exceptional The prose is solid and smooth and the portrayal of late 17th century New England is rich with fascinating details of life in that eraThe story is told through the eyes of Martha's daughter Sarah Carrier who is aged ten at the time of the eventsA large early portion of the book builds a background showing the many factors leading to the fear and hysteria surrounding the accusations Life was hard and people were superstitious They needed someone or something to blame for smallpox epidemics fires Indian raids miscarriages and crop failures Long standing animosity between neighbors and relatives led to vengeful naming of enemies as witches in order to save oneself from hangingThis is a tragic part of our history in which children as young as four years of age were manacled and imprisoned for witchcraft At the same time it is a tribute to the strength and character of Martha Carrier the only woman in the colonies to face down and challenge her accusersIt's also a tribute to the gift of mother love such that you may find yourself wiping the tears from your cheeks

  8. Beth Beth says:

    When I was manning a booth for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America at the Mountain and Plains Independent Booksellers Association conference I picked up an ARC Advanced Reading Copy of this book that was published in September I just finished it and I highly recommend it The book is beautifully written powerful and gives you a clear emotion filled picture through the eyes of a girl living in late 1600's Andover Massachusetts near Salem of what life was like back then with its Indian attacks smallpox terribly hard toil poverty and ominous whispers of witchcraft You'll need a box of tissues nearby near the end as you read about whole families including women and children being tortured into confessing to witchcraft then thrown into jail to starve because their relatives are too poor to pay to feed them I think it's an important book to read and discuss because it shows how corrupt men in power can turn the dangerous forces of ignorance and fear to their greedy own ends It's a message for our times

  9. Tricia Tricia says:

    This historically accurate story allows the reader to be immersed into the Carrier family's Puritan life in Massachusetts and the Salem Witch Trials It is a hauntingly written tale and definitely made me angry uncomfortable and just plain sad Kathleen Kent is a descendant of Martha Carrier who was hung for witchcraft in 1692 The story is told from the perspective of Martha's daughter as she looks back on her life and tries to come to terms with her familial relationships and the events that shaped her life I certainly appreciated Kent's desire to write the book and it is beautifully written I did find it slow moving at times and little disturbing to read But I found out after I finished reading this book that Elizabeth Sessions who marries Richard Carrier at the end of the book is my 8th Great Grand Aunt I'm sure many in this country have ancestors impacted by this dark history and it is a story that should not be forgotten

  10. MK Brunskill-Cowen MK Brunskill-Cowen says:

    The Salem Witch trials has always fascinated me so perhaps I am biased but I lovedloved loved this book Sarah Carrier is an interesting narrator since she sees the proceedings as a child might but with a teen's relationship with her unusual mother I was amazed by how readily the people of Salem were to believe the tales of witchcraft as the net ever expanded wider and wider How many women were left untouched in the Salem area?? Is this another allegory for our times how readily people are to believe the most evil tales??

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