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"The Angels" Share" by J.R. Ward
Best-selling author J. R. Ward delivers the second novel in her Bourbon Kings series—a sweeping saga of a Southern dynasty struggling to maintain a façade of privilege and prosperity, while secrets and indiscretions threaten its very foundation. Learn more | See related books
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I, like others, have always heard of the Salem witch trials but have never known much about them. Somehow I had understood that the accused witches were burned but as the book pointed out, only one was ever burned and she was also accused of burning the home and killing the family which owned her (she was a slave). The rest were hanged, most of them at Salem. For me this was a riveting story. Well, maybe more chilling than riveting. I was constantly wondering where this would end, fearing the worst but hoping for the best. All this when I had a pretty good idea that it would end, and end in infamy. But I was truly afraid. I felt I was thrust into the terrifying situation rather than just being told about it. I would give this book two thumbs up but that's copyrighted so I'll give it 4 stars, or 5 if that is allowed. Can that be copyrighted as well? Well, let just say that I HIGHLY recommend it.
The story moves well, from beginning to end though as in this and others of Walker's books, the last 50 pages or so I simply could not put it down. Consequently I am writing this on very little sleep. I'm a fan of well researched historical fiction and this certainly fills the bill. So I would strongly say, good job and suggest all my fellow historical fiction fans to grab this one.
I was disappointed.
I won't to into too much detail about the plot. Jeremy Wakely is sent from Boston to look into the questionable practices of a puritan minister in Salem, Mass. Jeremy has a history in Salem and is reluctant to go back but he does so out of honor...and because of a girl. Jeremy is thrust neck deep into the mystery and lunacy that was the Salem Witch Trials of the late 17th century.
The Salem Witch Trials was one of the darkest and most interesting periods in American history. With that as a backdrop, I was very much looking forward to tearing my way through this book.
It's not that Walker's a bad writer. The historical aspects are well covered and he does give the reader a good sense of how it was for people living in that area of the country at that time in history.
No, the main problem with this book is the pacing. It's S-L-O-W. It says it's a little over 400 pages but it certainly feels longer than that. The book is filled with frequent drawn out conversations where the participants seem to be reiterating the same things over and over again. Frankly, it spoiled my enjoyment of the book.
I'm not an instant gratification type of reader. I don't mind a nice build up to a big reveal or a good ending but sometimes I felt it was a chore to get through the conversations to see what the next development in the story was.
The love angle between Jeremy and Serena didn't seem to 'pop', that's the best way I can think to describe it.Read more ›
I finished the book hoping to find out what came of the story with the doctor that played such a large part near the end, and what came of the Nurse family and their lands -- a thread throughout the entire story -- and was left holding an empty basket.
Lots of potential with a little work!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Repetition in the text lost this otherwise great version of the witch hunts in Salem a point in my ratings. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Candy
The writers style illicits intrigue and fashions a good historical fiction. The amount of typos however makes you wonder just how much editing the transcript received.Published on March 6, 2014 by vanessa correia
I had chosen this book for a dumb reason, having visited Salem a few years back, and wasn't sure how true to life - if at all - this book would be. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Being an obsessed fan of the Salem witch trials, this book was just what I needed to fuel my obsession!
An Interesting story, liking to the times of America then, but a bit rambling at times. It seemed forever to finish.Published on April 8, 2013 by Granny Wanda
I've tried reading this book numerous times over the past couple of weeks but for some reason, I can't get into it. Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by L. Christensen
Really liked this book or rather this trilogy, glad it was all in one buy because otherwise it would have been confusing to try to read the others as the three books really seemed... Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by wenrace
Most observers looking back at the 1692 Salem tragedy do so from contemporary eyes. Of course, there is no such thing as witchcraft. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by William S. Shepard
I am still reading the story having just passed to 50% mark and not sure I want to finish. Being from Massachusetts I am very interested in its history and this story is placed... Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Lynda A. Rodil
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