Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Salem's Vengeance (Vengeance Trilogy, #1)” as Want to Read:
Salem's Vengeance (Vengeance Trilogy, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Salem's Vengeance

(Vengeance Trilogy #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  76 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published July 25th 2014 by Aames & Abernathy (first published July 22nd 2014)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Salem's Vengeance, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Aaron Galvin Hi Ashlee,

Thanks for reaching out to ask! I'm the author of Salem's Vengeance and I would classify it as a historical thriller. The Salem Witch Trials…more
Hi Ashlee,

Thanks for reaching out to ask! I'm the author of Salem's Vengeance and I would classify it as a historical thriller. The Salem Witch Trials fascinate me too! Hope you enjoy the read!(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
really liked it Average rating 4.00  · 
Rating details
 ·  260 ratings  ·  76 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Salem's Vengeance (Vengeance Trilogy, #1)
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Salem Witch Trials, though an extremely dark part of American history, was equally an incredibly fascinating time…well, if you're a history buff like me. This story flowed evenly with well developed characters, but with new twists on how our ancestor's paranoia and misjudgments came about at the time. A way of life so foreign to our modern way of thinking.

Truthfully, I really enjoyed this story but I will say-- when I had to put it down for a day (or two) I needed to go back and read the pri
Forbidding a teen from joining in on things her friends are doing without a “good” reason was just as volatile of a situation in Salem MA in the 1600s as it is today. Sarah wanted to dance, have innocent fun with her friends, but what she found was a witches’ coven, dark magic and a priestess who claimed to be the Devil’s daughter. What started out as a simple act of defiance by sneaking out of her home grows into a nightmarish bloodbath, filled with strange substances, sacrifice and the horrors ...more
Carla D.
Opinião em português no blog Pepita Mágica:

I received a digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Salem Trials are one of the few things about American History that actually interest me. For that reason, when I saw “Salem’s Vengeance” and read its synopsis I felt like I needed to read it. And when it tries to “explain” what happened through science/facts/logic that makes me even more interested! But I have to admit that my knowledge abou

My review can be found at :


I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley.

In this historical fiction novel, Sarah lives with her sister, mother, and father. She discovers a group of people who dance to hypnotic music in the moonlight and who wish for her and her friends to join them. She receives a mysterious journal and reads about Thomas Putnam's experiences in Salem during the Salem Witch Trials.

When her friend Ruth becomes afflicted after comin
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This copy kindly provided by NetGalley on behalf of the publisher.

an intriguing new look at the historic Salem witch hunts. Set 19 years after the events at Salem, the “witches” are back! And with them comes the horrific (fictional) truth about what took place all those years ago, and who still continues to play puppet master.

Along the way, young Sarah learns some very close to home truths, leaving her entire world in pieces, but that’s nothing compared to what she’s about to face. With the
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So the idea of this novel really intrigued me and got me hooked. I have always been fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials, as the first execution in Salem of June 10th is my birthday.

However, this novel has given me mixed feelings. There is not witch craft in this novel. Yes, it explains why, however I was hoping for actual spooky and paranormal witchness. Instead we are left with drug addicts, that are kept compliant to keep the drugs; lest the withdraw occurs.

The action towards the second hal
Clare O'Brien
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
See my full review on :)

My Review
The Salem Witch Trials have always fascinated me and as a lover of all things paranormal and occult, I was really excited to start this book. As a History major, I was happy that the author included the modern-day perspective on what likely caused the accusers to experience fits of mania and other “cursed” behaviors. Galvin framed his story around the scientific explanation of ergot poisoning instead of using actual paranormal
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5/5
(I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher, Aames & Abernathy, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
***Minor spoilers***

Salem's Vengeance, set only a few years after the notorious Salem Witch Trials shows a life where everyone still believes in witchcraft. If a person was accused of witchcraft, they would be condemned and it was believed they were consorting with the devil. Sarah is nearly a woman, and she and her friends like to sneak out at night and "danc
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was absolutely amazing. The Salem Witch trials has always fascinated me and was an intriguing thing to read about. I hadn't really found a retelling or a novel that had the premise of the witch trials that I really loved until I read this book.

I believe a thing to note about this book would be the characters. Each had brought a different yet great aspect to the book in every way. There were the obvious antagonists, and then there were also surprises among the protagonists too. I found
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Salem's Vengeance (Vengeance Trilogy Book 1) by Aaron Galvin

While innocently dancing in the moonlight, sixteen ear old Sarah Kelly becomes entranced by a coven Dark Priestess. She doesn't expect to come face to face with the Devil's daughter either. Sarah an her friends (innocently) conjure up spirits and things turn bad quickly. Soon Sarah is faced with a tough choice, or Salem's horrible past may rise again, with a vengeance.

A well written story set in the late 1600's, during the Salem witch t
Slytherin Rose
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Fantasy/ Historical Fiction
Author: Aaron Galvin
Book: Salem’s Vengeance (Vengeance Trilogy #1)
My Star Rating: 5
Will I read I read it again? Yes
Intro: 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 dam
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

A fresh apporach to a well know American story. SALEM witchcraft. This book is slow on the pick up but draws you in still wiht the insights intot he character and keeps you guessing. Once the action starts is pretty much dosen't stop aslo. I am looking forward to read more in this series. And to see what direction she takes the characters in. this is a period set story and i appericate that she kept the characters true to h
Janet Robel
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me by surprise. As soon as I started reading, I was hooked. Told from sixteen-year old Sarah Kelly's perspective, the story grabs you by the throat. Good, creepy, historical fiction. These witches are not for the faint of heart. Grab your copy and see if you'll be able to sleep at night.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it

It's been 20 years since the Salem Witch Trials and people are still haunted by what happened. Most people still keep a close lookout for witches in their area and try not to do anything that might lead to suspicion coming down on their heads.

Sarah Kelly is the eldest child in her home and is diligent about following the word of God and obeying her strict father.

Except when the call to dance in the moonlight comes.

On those nights, she and her friends mee
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I chose this book to follow up after reading, for Book Club, a non-fiction work on the Salem witch trials. Galvin has done his research, and the historical background is evident. Although this is a fiction it helped me to continue our discussion of the question "What was at the root of the witch hunt in Salem." Several theories are out there, none have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Sarah and her friends sneak out at night, meeting in a clearing, to dance under the moon. Remember dancing,
Maggies Daisy
Salem's Vengeance
Vengeance Trilogy: Book 1
By Aaron Galvin

Evil dwells just beyond the cornfield hidden from prying eyes. Young Sarah a puritan girl living in the wilds of the new America with her family comes in direct contact with those who were involved a mere nineteen years prior too the bloodiest witch trials of Salem, Massachuttes and they seek vengeance. At present most individuals have heard of the Salem Witch Trails in their reading and have now been bombarded with several theories as t
Margo James
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Could the Salem witch trials be the result of men's revenge and hunger for others riches? Witches are well feared and have many superstitions surrounding them. It would be so easy to get a mob stored up against witches, especially using young girls of the village. This book follows the course of a well placed plan of extortion of an entire village to satisfy a few vengeful men. It gives a different view to all the stories we grew up on about Salem. A great new insight into the evil hearts of men ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started reading but it didn't take too long before I had to force myself to stop (a girl's gotta have her sleep). The Author paints such a vivid picture with his written word that you feel you are an actual participant rather than a bystander. This is the first book from Aaron Galvin that I have had the pleasure of reading and it definitely won't be my last as there are two more books in the Revenge Trilogy I have yet to read. Happy Reading. Annemarie

I re
Paula Galvan
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
This book was a good adventure with lots of action. It was a little hard to get used to the old English language that it's written in but after I got the hang of it, it added authenticity to the story. Sarah Campbell is hunted by witches seeking revenge for her father's sins at the Salem Witch trials, but with the help of a few brave men and her brother, she survives. I can't wait to see what happens in the next two books in the series.
Wendy Tavares
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating story. The piece of story on what may have been behind the Salem witch trials is unique without being ridiculous. The main characters are believable, finding inner strengths in the face of adversity but not suddenly developing magical powers that solve all their problems. It was a fun read. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
Maggie Shackett
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ere means before

The consistent use of ere was distracting. It wasn't long before my brain automatically substituted the more familiar word. Great book, I've already got the next two.
Penny Potts
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprise inside...

I was pleasantly surprised by the history tied into this story. The writing is well done, fast paced and keeps pulling you through the story. So glad glad I have 2 more to go...well worth my time spent reading it.
Derith Rolfe
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read this quickly, needing to get to the end. An excellent start to what looks like a trilogy. Strong and fast, no wasted words and laborious descriptions. Captivating characters I willedto succeed.
vicky anderson
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Love , love, love....The Salem Witch trials has been an all time favorite of mine also. I did my thesis in college over it. I can’t wait to start the second book Salem’s Fury!
Toni L.
When I started this book, I thought OH NO not
another dull one but when it took off;
was I wrong. It was really good. On to number 2.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Short read, but great read. Thoroughly enjoyed the history laces into the story.
Sally Maxwell
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story, a whole new twist on Salem and it’s witches, this book held me from beginning to end, I hope the next two do the same.
Kirstyn (Escaping To A Book)
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
“It’s Salem’s vengeance, Mrs Kelly. Come for it’s due and proper!”

As soon as I opened this book, I was met with a brief piece of research by Dr Linnda R. Caporael, that looks into how the behaviours of the Salem accusers can be linked with the fungus Caliceps Purporea through Ergot poisoning.

I loved this little snippet. I’d actually never heard of this theory before until I read this book and ended up going ahead and looking into it further. As much as it pains me that real witches might not ex
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sarah Kelly is waiting for her sister Rebecca to fall asleep so she can sneak out with her friends to participate in a gathering in the forest. They will dance under the moonlight and relax for a few hours before returning home before dawn. Charlotte and Ruth are excited to sneak out, but Sarah is hesitant. She doesn't want to get caught and accused of being branded as a witch. Emma, on the other hand, hates disobeying the rules and Sarah has to stay by her side during the gathering, reassuring ...more
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Mythology
  • The Legend Of Zelda: The Tale of a Hero: (Unofficial Book) (The Legend Of Zelda Adventures)
  • Shadows of Foxworth (Dollanganger, #11)
  • The Haunting of Blackwood House
  • The Carrow Haunt
  • A Bane In Salem: A Tale of the Salem Witch Trials
  • The Ghosts of Miller's Crossing
  • All Eyes on Me (Miranda and Parker Mystery #1)
  • Dollhouse (Dark Carousel #1)
  • Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, #1)
  • Witches' Brew (Witches and Wine, #1)
  • A Deadly Blessing (LAPD Detective Maddie Divine #1)
  • The Corruption of Alston House
  • The Garden of Bewitchment
  • Black Ambrosia
  • The Netherwell Horror
  • Circus of the Dead, Book One
  • REX
See similar books…
Aaron Galvin learned that he could get away with making up stories at age five and has continued telling them ever since. He is a conflicted Slytherin/Gryffindor, a known rascal, and sometime ne’er-do-well.

Also, he writes. Daily, sometimes, but mostly nightly.

He currently lives in Southern California with his two lovely daughters and an adoring wife, who continues to put up with his antics even th

Other books in the series

Vengeance Trilogy (3 books)
  • Salem's Fury (Vengeance Trilogy: Book 2)
  • Salem's Legacy (Vengeance Trilogy Book 3)

News & Interviews

November is the time for aspiring writers to get serious about writing that book! It's National Novel Writing Month, the annual event designed to...
32 likes · 8 comments