The only thing to do when you have zero motivation to write, already finished cramming books onto a full bookshelf, and can’t focus on much else due to a headache, is walk down to the village library and be engulfed in all the fictional magic just waiting to be awoken.
The Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Historical Fiction shelves captured my interest this time and the book to jump out at me the most was:
The Lost Book of Salem by Katherine Howe. Or if you are in the US, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.
“I watched today as Giles Corey was presst to death between the stones. He had lain so for two dayes mute. With each stone, they tolde him he must plead, lest more stones be added. But he only whispered, More weight. Standing in the crowde, I found Goodwyfe Dane, who, as the last stone lower’d, went white, grippt my hand, and wept.”
Salem Towne, 16 September, 1692.
While clearing out her grandmother’s cottage for sale, Connie Goodwin finds a parchment inscribed with the name Deliverance Dane. And so she steps into a mystery that dates from 1692 in Salem…and the infamous witchcraft trials.
Nothing is entirely as it seems, and when Connie unearths the existence of Deliverance Dane’s spell book, the Physick Book, the situation takes on a menacing edge as interested parties reveal their desperation to find this precious artefact at any cost.
What secrets does the Physick Book contain?
What magic is scrawled across its parchment pages?
Connie must race to answer these questions – and reveal the truth about Salem’s women – before an ancient family curse fulfils its dark and devastating prophecy.
I’m not going to lie, I did a quick check of this book on Goodreads and it doesn’t have the best rating. In fact, some of top reviews are quite scathing. However, multiple time frames, the Salem Witch Trials, and family histories do float my boat especially when it comes to Historical Fiction novels. I like how aspects from the past come to influence the present so I’m intrigued to see what this one is going to be like. I even want to stop reading my YALC books so I can dive into this and just read it in a day. If I did, I wouldn’t be surprised. Besides I’ve been lacking in witch-orientated fiction recently and I’ve the urge to pull out my Charmed DVDs. If that isn’t telling me to read this now, I don’t know what is. I just need some paracetamol or ibuprofen on the side in case this dastardly headache comes back to taunt my eyes some more!
As someone who loves anything to do with witch trials, whether they be Salem or Pendle, I can’t believe it has taken me this long to find this book. I’m baffled by the narrowness of my witchy-book radar.
Anyway, has anyone else heard of this book? I can’t wait to start reading it and explore such shocking and tumultuous period of history.