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The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

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Post by Madeleine » Mon November 24th, 2008, 11:58 am

I was intrigued by the "red book" and would like to have found out more, so this sounds worth reading.

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Post by annis » Mon March 16th, 2009, 7:10 am

I was impressed by this novel, which I just recently finished. The characters are well-drawn and the constantly building tension compelling. I was completely lost in the story at one stage and looked up to discover that an hour had passed without me even noticing. It's a grim and sad story, and reminds me a bit of Ronan Bennett's "Havoc in its Third Year", set during the English Civil War period. another poignant, gripping story about the fear, superstition, cruelty and mean-minded pleasure in others' misery which can result from overly-rigid righteousnss.

I happened upon this interview with Kathleen Kent which I found interesting, so I thought I'd post it here.
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/intervi ... hleen-kent

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Post by Sheramy » Tue October 13th, 2009, 11:47 pm

I just finished HD earlier this week. It certainly did add a lot to the book knowing that the author has a familial connection with Martha Carrier. The research felt very solid, and the historical details are vivid. I agree with Misfit, who noted there is a good use of imagery, but that it could get to be a bit much. There were places I wanted the pace to pick up a bit (with less imagery and more dialogue/action). It did start out a little slow for my taste. But in other places, like the long interlude in the prison, the slower pace and the detailed descriptions really work, because you *feel* the length of time she's in the cell. (I mean that in a positive way -- not that I felt like I was in jail reading it...hope you know what I mean!)

I'm not sure how interested I'd be in a prequel, though. The brothers' characters weren't as fleshed out as the parents, the cousin, and the narrator herself.

I have the Physick Book of Deliverance Dane on my TBR pile, courtesy of the HNR goodie bag. It will be interesting to compare the two, although I don't plan to start PBDD for a while yet. Too many witches all at once...
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