It is 17th century New England, and for the people of Salem Village, all is seemingly well in “God’s land.” But Verity, one of the last orphans of the ministry, soon finds her Puritan obedience overthrown by her detest of the church and the lure of emerging desires. The most tempting one of all being the desire to investigate the elusive evil that has been haunting from within the woods of the village. After dark findings begin to stir a devilish panic in the people, Verity finds herself in witness of a terrible event meant to preserve even more terrible secrets, throwing her into a permanent state of fractured faith and dangerous rebellion.
But someone else is watching from beyond the village. Someone who knows that Salem hides many dreadful secrets, leaving far more to be feared than that which dwells in the dark.
“The Secret Witch” unfolds a lyrical young-adult debut that explores the deception of power, the hubris of faith, the possibility of legends, and the timelessness of being young, feeling hopeless, and finding a way to unravel the fears that silence our beautiful minds.
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she'll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's a wonder telling I love it when a book takes you away and pulls you into it's world. Some people are writers and some are great story tellers and you are a great story teller thank you
I really liked the book. It was very well written and void of the usual grammar mistakes a lot of free books have. Not entirely fond of books set in colonial times. However it seemed to be neccesary for this storyline and worth reading. May take a few chapters to really get into the book but I don't think you will be dissapointed.
I read The Secret Witch within 2-3 days because it was so addicting! I am actually a tough critic in my everyday life and most of the time I don't make it past the first few pages of a book. This book captured my attention, the story telling was captivating and I genuinely was surprised by the plot. This is not just another predictable story and the ending left me very excited to see where the sequel leads. My mind is reeling with possibilities for Verity. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of Jeff's work!
Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite The Secret Witch by Jeff Severcool is a dark, Gothic tale about attaining freedom, even as you pass through the fires of hatred. Verity is a young woman who lives in Salem during the witch hunts. She and her adopted sister, Hope, decide to get some berries for her in the woods, when they stumble across a dead deer, drained of blood. As the witch hunts continue, and Verity loses both of her sisters to the hellish embers of life and death, she herself must face the evil festering within Salem. It all comes crashing down when she is targeted. Severcool weaves a demented story about a girl’s quest for freedom, as she walks the thin line between salvation and damnation. While I didn’t necessarily love Verity, I did understand where she was coming from. Puritans are incredibly strict, and when they came to this country, they sought freedom for themselves, but not for others. Nevertheless, she does attain what she desired most; the freedom to choose, the freedom to live, and the freedom to kill. And Salem was, of course, the site of the infamous witch hunts. Paranoia shrouded the town in fear and scandal, something that Verity pointed out. If you were different from any of them, you risked being murdered. That was exactly what happened to Verity. Though justice was served by the death of the Elder, she herself was brought to trial for his murder. From the sham marriage between Verity and her husband, Josiah, to the dark dealings of Minister Barrowe, it appears that human corruption is more monstrous than the vampires themselves. Severcool shows this stark contrast in that though vampires were traditional monsters, humans were the ones to destroy. As such, I would recommend this book to fans who love The Killing Cure by C.S. Kendall and Pnaramakhia by Flavio Santonocito.