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The Children Of Witches

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  22 reviews
When rumours of witchcraft sweep through the town, Anna's son, Manfred, who does not communicate like other children, is seized by those who use him to pursue their own agenda. As innocent townsfolk are accused, a climate of fear prevails. No one is safe - and Manfred is at the heart of the terror. ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 5th 2010 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! Smith is definitely one of my new favourite authors. This was such a disturbing read; I found it hard to put down. The characters were very rich and I quickly became absorbed into the world of the town and the tavern. I especially loved the character of the small, autistic boy, Manfred. I love anything with scary children, and these children will definitely give you a chill. The story revolves around a witch panic in a small 17th century German town. What begins as an isol ...more
CM Alsop
Dec 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
I had this on my bookshelves since about 2011, and I finally decided to read it. I made myself finish it because I don't like to walk away from what I start.

Witch hysteria is a topic I enjoy reading about, but this book falls flat. It is terribly boring with brief blips of interesting activity that fade quickly. The end had a total of about five good pages, and even then, I was annoyed. (view spoiler)
Layla Ashby
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Found this book in the library, being an adult witch book thought I would like to try it, as loved the worst with books when I was young. Didn’t get very far into this want that impressed with it,
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book at Toronto Pierson International Airport and read it cover to cover on the flight back to the UK. The fact that I could not put it down for the whole flight is testament to the fantastic way it is written and skills of the Author.

I am a sucker for a bit of witchcraft vs Christianity and a great deal of superstition and fascination with individual differences. For me this book brought attention to how people are categorized in society being either worshiped or persecuted and
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This disturbing book is set in South West Germany in 1665 when the very real threat of witches was taken seriously by the villagers of Flusstal. Anna Wirth and her drunken husband are inn keepers at The Myrrh Tree Tavern with two young sons, Konrad is twelve and helps in the stables, and four year old Manfred sings like an angel but is slightly different from other children. When a witch is discovered in the tavern, the village becomes a place of terror and accusations.

The author has taken a sto
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Story about witch trials in Germany. The author apparently used two historical trials as the basis, one from Germany which was trial of two homosexual men and one from Sweden where the children were the accusers. This book had the children being the accusers and a clearly autistic boy was originally seen as receiving messages from god. Disturbing to read as you know that accusations of witches happened out of spite as it was, and then to believe the words of children without any further proof, p ...more
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very, very good read. Well constructed characters, a very gripping plot, frightening actually. Set in the German witch hunt era but oddly contemporary. A study of how poorly educated crowds generate hysteria and then tragedy. I really fell for the characters and felt for them. Follows the story of a tavern=keeper's wife, mother of two boys one of whom is sufficiently 'special' for the town priest to use him to help the rest of the town's children to identify witches. An excellent finish. ...more
Feb 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
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This book was not what I expected from reading the cover. The historical facts were interesting and informative, but many of the scenes felt perverse and depraved, bordering on child pornography. This was the first book in our book club and though it certainly generated a lot of talk, it was given a thumbs down. Though we are from a variety of backgrounds we are open minded people and found this book inappropriate on many levels.
May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
I am surprised this book received such a high rating, I found it rather slow-paced and was bored in more then one part. However when I got to the end it all tied together even if it was predictable. Would I recommend it? Maybe only for the fact that she is a Canadian author and if you are an avid reader of this topic then it would be a good idea to check it out.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Believable, if bleak and occasionally gruesome. The witch hunts brought out the very worst in human nature, and I feel that people need to know this so that history isn't repeated. It was a well-written novel and showed a clear understanding of the subject, but as a reader I wasn't swept away by it. ...more
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was hard to put down! It was amazing! I went to university with Sherri and she always had such talent. I'm so glad that she's producing such great novels because her writing style is beautiful. The Witches Tale is a chilling novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat at points thoughout. I loved Manfred! ...more
Hayley Knowles
This book had sat on my shelf for sometime. However I'm definitely glad I decided to read it. At times it was very disturbing but I also couldn't stop reading. If you like books on the witch trial subject this is one to read! ...more
Kelli Innis
I was hoping for a historical fiction, I thought it might be reduced to a historical romance, but it wasn't even that. An interesting premise, how autism could be viewed in the 17th century, the writing just killed it for me.
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A fasinating and well put together book, I have read a few books featuring the witch craze and this coming from a European angle made it more interesting. Its a well thought out book and I warmed to the characters instantly. A wounderful read.
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty amazing. I never really thought about what autism would seem like in the middle ages/early modern world. It also protrayed the witch craze and consequences of it really well. Having the childern be the ones to go all Lord of the Flies crazy was a great way to focus on them.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Took a while to get into this book but once there I could not put it down, disturbingly compelling reading
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Never really caught my attention. Her other book "The Virgin's tale" is more enjoyable. ...more
Apr 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
This wasn't at all what I thought it would be. I almost didn't finish it, but I forced myself to. What a waste of time. ...more
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Sherri Smith has previously written two historical fiction novels for Simon & Schuster UK. When not writing she spends time with her family, three rescue dogs and restores vintage furniture that would otherwise be destined for the dump. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada where the long, cold winters nurture her dark side. FOLLOW ME DOWN (Forge Books, March 2017) is her first thriller.

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