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Let’s talk about Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery by Brom. This terrifying tale of bewitchery features more than two dozen of Brom’s haunting paintings, fully immersing readers in this wild and unforgiving world.
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Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery
Genre: Romance, Dark
A spirited young Englishwoman, Abitha, arrives at a Puritan colony betrothed to a stranger – only to become quickly widowed when her husband dies under mysterious circumstances. All alone in this pious and patriarchal society, Abitha fights for what little freedom she can grasp while trying to stay true to herself and her past.
Enter Slewfoot, a powerful spirit of antiquity newly woken… and trying to find his role in the world. Healer or destroyer? Protector or predator? But as the shadows walk and villagers start dying, a new rumor is whispered: Witch.
Abitha and Slewfoot must swiftly decide who they are and what they must do to survive in a world intent on hanging any who meddle in the dark arts.
I’m usually not a fan of historical fiction, however, when it’s in a horror setting and done right, it definitely works, and this book nailed it. The first 2/3 of the book was relatively slow-paced with some horror and conflict sprinkled in, but the last third is where it all came together. One part (I don’t want to give too much) showed how easily people can get swept away by fear, which angered me on behalf of the main character. Overall it was a very well-written book with a captivating story. I definitely will be checking out more by this author.
I give Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery by Brom 5 out of 5 stars.
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