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Heretic's Daughter (Carrier #2)

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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 superst ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Back Bay Books (first published 2008)
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Laurel I PERSONALLY didn't think the beginning was that slow...but I'm definitely in the minority. read through the reviews; almost everyone agrees with you.…moreI PERSONALLY didn't think the beginning was that slow...but I'm definitely in the minority. read through the reviews; almost everyone agrees with you. BUT almost everybody thought it was a real page turner after the first 120 or so pages. Stick with it; it's really exciting.(less)
Carrie Another book I enjoyed was the Witchfinder's Sister, which is also historical fiction.
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Jaidee
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody interested in the Salem Witch Trials
Recommended to Jaidee by: a sweet friend !!
Shelves: five-stars-books
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 fiction.
Not 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 a
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Melki
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
. . . 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 here.

A scary, scary cautionary tale about the abuse of power, and the dangers of a theocracy.

Let's not let this happen
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Jackie
Oct 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sending it to Chris
I won this here at GOODREADS!

While 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 Trials.
The 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 England.
When the book gets to the accusations, the fear is palpable. As events spiral out of control, the novel sheds a light in the darkn
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Susan
"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 ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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 era.

The story is told through the eyes of Martha's daughter Sarah Carrier, who is aged ten at th
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Tricia
Aug 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 tha
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Beth
Nov 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 b ...more
MK Brunskill-Cowen
The Salem Witch trials has always fascinated me, so perhaps I am biased, but I loved ....loved.... 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 ...more
Holli
Sep 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am going to say right off the bat that had this been written from Martha Carrier's perspective I think I would have liked this book more. Instead it was written through her daughter's eyes and because of that you only know what her daughter knows. Which isn't much considering she's under 13 for much of the book and living in the 1600's for God's sake where kids weren't privy to the adult information. This book was for me the life of a young girl on a farm in the 1600's with a bit of "Salem Wit ...more
Carey
Nov 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
" A needle is such a small, brittle thing. It is easily broken. It can hold but one fragile thread. But if the needle is sharp, it can pierce the coarsest cloth. Ply the needle in and out of a canvas and with a great length of thread one can make a sail to move a ship across the ocean. In such a way can a sharp gossipy tongue, with the thinnest thread of rumor, stitch together a story to flap in the breeze. Hoist that story upon the pillar of superstitious belief and a whole town can be pulled a ...more
Simi
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book spent a lot of time getting to the point, when it finally did I felt "the point" was a good one, but some of the details it focused on were random and not needed; where as there were other details that could have been useful; but were left to the readers imagination.
Debbie
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars.

- 1632 Salem trials
- Exquisite writing/solid prose
- Eccentric mother/daughter relationship
Mandy
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was so excited to read this and I felt so blah at the end. Just didn't do it for me.
Craig Monson
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Salem witch trials remain among the most familiar of the dark, unhappy chapters in American history, having provoked a reasonably constant trickle of fictional and non-fictional accounts. Indeed, “Witch Hunt!” has lately become one of the more widely used and abused rallying cries in certain corners of the twitterverse and other venues of public media. In 2016, Pulitzer Prize winner, Stacey Schiff revisited the sad history in her meticulous and exhaustively detailed non-fiction history, The ...more
Charlene Intriago
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2013
This is an excellent historical fiction about the Salem witch trials. It is told through the eyes of the daughter of Martha Carrier (convicted and hung) and written by a descendent who grew up listening to the stories. I liked the manner in which it was written (I believe it would be the language of that time) and could feel what it was like to be falsely accused and imprisoned. What an awful place and time, especially for the children! It's easy to see what ignorance, religious beliefs, and hys ...more
Aryn
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction, historical
As a modern-day Pagan, with roots in modern Wicca, I was incredibly excited to finally find this title used, for cheap (hey, I was unemployed for a long time). I had been wanting to read it for quite some time, as I have read a fuckload about the Salem Witch Trials, and love to visit the place. To read a fictional account of real people who were part of the fiasco sounded awesome enough. Add to that that Kathleen Kent is directly related to Martha Carrier? Sounded like a gold mine to me.

Unfortun
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Maria Headley
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. A new perspective on the Salem Witch Trials from the point of view of a daughter of the accused. The author, Kathleen Kent is descended from Martha Carrier, one of 19 people hung as witches during the Salem trials. Carrier never confessed. This book is a beautiful historical fiction reimagining of what might've led a woman who was subjected to torture, imprisonment and eventually hanging, to stand so absolutely firm. It's also a fantastic mother-daughter narrative, having to d ...more
Brandi
Jun 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When we got the ARC for this at work I was immediately interested because the author was related to the women she was writing about. This is a fictionalized version of events during the Salem witch trials revolving around Martha Carrier and her daughter Sarah. The first half of the book dragged for me, but the second half made up for it.
Denine
Nov 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy reading about the Salem Witch trials, this one is for you.

I found it to be a sad book, but a good sad book.

It's just hard to stomach that a handful of teenage girls could ruin so many people...
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book swept me up in the world that Sarah lived in. I just can't imagine. A group of young girls have the power to have people killed. The thing is I know unfortunately how bitter women can be.
Selma
Sinoć sam, ili će biti jutros :), završila sa čitanjem knjige Kći nevernice, jeziva i tuzna priča o vremenu kad je bilo dovoljno da ruzno pogledaš nekoga pa da te proglase vješticom i zatvore, kazne i objese. Jezivo da jezivije ne moze, zbog nepravde, nemoći, straha...

Nova Engleska, grad Sejlem, Sara Karijer, desetogodisnja djevojčica vraca se s majkom, Martom, na porodicno imanje u Andoveru. Izmedju njene majke i brata postoji spor oko zemljista na kom zive, a taj sukob poprima zastrasujuce raz
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C.W.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having heard about but not knowing much about the Salem Witch trials, I was mesmerized by Kathleen Kent's personalized account in THE HERETIC'S DAUGHTER, as seen through the eyes of a family member of whom Ms Kent herself is a direct descendant.

Sarah is the daughter of Martha Carrier and an enigmatic father with a mysterious past, her life in rural Andover, near Salem, depicted with unflinching realism and gorgeous prose. These are people who live on the edge of nature's whim, suffering brutal w
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Carole
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been shocked and fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials since learning about them in school, I couldn’t wait to read this book. The author is a descendent of Martha Carrier, one of the first women to hang as a witch, despite the fact that she maintained her innocence until the end. Telling the story through a child’s eyes, the daughter of Martha Carrier, was brilliant. Nine year old Sarah learns about the harsh world and unfair accusations and tries to make sense of it all, landing in priso ...more
Angie
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a wonderful historical fiction set around the time of the Salem witch trials. It made a great companion to a non-fiction about this subject, The Witches: Salem, 1692, I've also been reading.

Sarah Carrier is daughter to accused witch Martha Carrier. History tells us what happened to them, but in this story we see them as real people and get to know them before, during, & after the hysteria hits. Martha's personality depicts her as someone who would be targeted, and yet someone who loves
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Megan Baxter
This is a story about how I eventually came to mostly like this book.

This book and I got off to a rocky start. The letter that opens up the novel just felt so completely wrong, like exactly what someone in the 21st century thinks someone in the 19th century would write. It's so over the top and melodramatic and mea culpa about things that the book will then explain to us very reasonably...I was put off.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enf
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Melodie
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The subject of the witch trials in Early New England have long held my interest. The author being a direct descendant of Martha Carrier offered a unique perspective. The story is told through the eyes of Martha's daughter Sarah as a woman in her seventies.
Writing to her grand-daughter, she tells her story in retrospect.Her story covers a relative short period of time. The whispered suspicions fanned into a wildfire by young girls, the torture and deaths of innocent m
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Mo Hammer!
I wept at the injustices perpetuated upon women throughout history. Boo and hiss to insecure men with tiny junk that project their self-loathing onto others, especially women. BOO and HISS I say!

On a deeper level, I appreciated Kent's portrayal of the bond between mothers and daughters. Even when you don't understand your mother or - hell - even like the bitch, there is usually a point when you realize there is little to separate the two of you and no one will ever quite understand the song your
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Sharon Huether
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-novel
The Heretic's Daughter..By Kathleen Kent....This was a sad time in history when suspitions were rampant. Many people were called witches and imprisioned because of the helping others when there was not a positive outcome. Medicine was called black magic. They thought some women were too proud and independent. They were pursecuted for who they were. The mother in this story aimed to protect her daughter. There were many accusers, one followed the other with their lies. Mysteries surronded the peo ...more
KristenR
As a direct descendant of Martha Carrier, when I saw some great reviews of this fictionalized account of her family's ordeal in the witch trials, I felt I simply had to read it.

The author has beautifully woven together family history/legend and the facts of the witch trials. She has created a fascinating account of the politics, religion, and conditions of Puritan Massachusetts during this hysteria that, however horrifying, is very believable.
Cindy Newton
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
It was very good. I'm evaluating it as a companion piece for The Crucible, and it dovetails nicely. The only problem is that it is a pretty slow start. The real action doesn't start until the middle of the book. After that, it gives a pretty riveting account of the conditions during the Salem witch trials. An added point of interest is that the author is a descendent of Martha Carrier, who was actually hanged as a witch and is the mother of the main character in the book.
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