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Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery por Brom
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Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery (edição 2023)

por Brom (Autor)

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Set in Colonial New England, Slewfoot is a tale of magic and mystery, of triumph and terror as only dark fantasist Brom can tell it.
Connecticut, 1666.
An ancient spirit awakens in a dark wood. The wildfolk call him Father, slayer, protector.
The colonists call him Slewfoot, demon, devil.
To Abitha, a recently widowed outcast, alone and vulnerable in her pious village, he is the only one she can turn to for help.
Together, they ignite a battle between pagan and Puritan ?? one that threatens to destroy the entire village, leaving nothing but ashes and bloodshed in their wake.
"If it is a devil you seek, then it is a devil you shall have!"
A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Nightfire… (mais)

Membro:KellyPetit
Título:Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery
Autores:Brom (Autor)
Informação:Tor Nightfire (2023), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
Coleções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
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Slewfoot por Brom

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You can ask the reverend, I think hell just froze. This was so different and wonderful. It’s an experience I can’t describe all too well, but you should read it! ( )
  cmpeters | Feb 2, 2024 |
Slewfoot was the perfect book for hiding out in the air-conditioning and reading non-stop. Seriously. It's hot and I was hooked from the first page.

I loved the premise of the book - In the puritanical era of 1600s (1666 I see what you did there...) New England, what if one of the women accused of witchery actually was what she was accused of. I loved the morality of the book - Why do people consider one religion true over another? What happens when your belief is challenged and you are forced to confront what you truly are?

With tertiary characters aside, nearly all of the characters experience exposure of their genuine selves and real change. None if it is pretty. Most of it is gruesome and emotionally rending.

For people who are deeply bothered by violence to animals (as I generally am) - There is bunches and it is hard. It's life and death in the wilderness. It's not meaningful or meaningless. Good or evil. It just is.

With the exception of one:

Booka's death was meaningful to Abitha and it drove her to action. In the end Booka was the familiar and her death was the spell that was needed to utterly destroy Sutton.

My thoughts on the violence toward animals came to a sharp focus at the end/epilogue. Humans are animals and we all gotta eat.

One more thing behind the spoiler:

That revenge was so, so sweet.


I can't comment on the art work because I read it on my ancient Kobo. I'm sure that it's lovely. Eventually I'll get around to ordering the hardback of the book. I've got it on my wishlist now. I'll definitely read more of Brom's books now. This one was fantastic. ( )
  rabbit-stew | Dec 31, 2023 |
If “good for her” was a book Salem witch trial vibes

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If “good for her” was a book Salem witch trial vibes ( )
  HauntedTaco13 | Dec 29, 2023 |
This is one of those stories that stay with you. For me, it was a book I had to put down, I couldn't read it all in one sitting. But it's also a book that I'm not going to forget tomorrow either. The characters are vivid and the story is so good. It has you questioning, who truly are the bad guys? The creatures that are supposedly "the devil" or the towns people who kill their own who don't fit into a neat little basket.

Abitha is an amazing main character who you are just rooting for the whole time. She's a kick ass strong female who you want to make it. I was nervous along the way that she wasn't. There were many close calls. And the revenge she got on the town and on William in particular in the end just felt so good.

I read a library copy of this book but I have it on my list to purchase. The illustrations only made this better! ( )
  Mav-n-Libby | Nov 13, 2023 |
What if The VVitch was written very straightforwardly with no surprises? It'd still be better than this turned out to be.

By very straightforward, I mean that the story holds very little tension and after the meeting of the main character with the other main character you know how the story is going to play out. Setting the story in 17th century New England with the Puritans is easy fodder. It's no surprise the stereotypical Puritan would be used (ahistorically) when it came to ideas of personal relationships, public decorum, and sex. There's a scene where a married couple engages in sex and the man apologizes because it's not appropriate. The Puritans had a lot of great things to say about sex in the confines of marriage and this wouldn't be the case. The story also treads on the very publicized but in actuality low number of witch trials that occurred in Salem. This shows the storywriting cannot build drama at all because the witch trials grew out of drama and hysteria and frenzied stories. Here, you just have to say, "Those crazy Christians be burnin' dah witched all dah time" and you've got your realism". But historical realism is not where I'm going to hang my hat for my review.

I'll hang my hat on the fact that the story doesn't even believe in its own worldview. Without getting too much into spoilers, this is a story of revenge, and yet the first human killed is brushed off by the main character because "he just didn't know" yet revenge is taken on everyone else who "deserved it". In a world where the characters are alleged to attribute all bad and shortcuts to the devil, all the events in the story match exactly what the devil would do and believe. The story could have taken a great turn if this realization turned out to be the real case, but this is so straightforward storytelling that it could never be that cool. The enactment of revenge is one done to the extreme and overtakes the main character to physical changes occurring. Again, without spoilers, the realization the main character comes through about the reasons for Slewfoot and others is some pantheistic revelation even though the exclusivity of many of the "others gods" are a primary concept. Here, again, we see the desire of belief in the "noble savage" to be the thing to set on the pedestal. The revelation of Slewfoot just happens even though there seems to be other bad gods that speak against to the pantheon message. All these plot elements point to the Puritans being correct - a demon is killing innocent people and witchcraft is making it stronger and is corrupting the individual and the society.

With all these things and the unimaginative storytelling, there is no need to compare this to The VVitch or read something you've seen in Carrie. Final Grade - D ( )
  agentx216 | Aug 27, 2023 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Horror. Historical Fiction. HTML:

Set in Colonial New England, Slewfoot is a tale of magic and mystery, of triumph and terror as only dark fantasist Brom can tell it.
Connecticut, 1666.
An ancient spirit awakens in a dark wood. The wildfolk call him Father, slayer, protector.
The colonists call him Slewfoot, demon, devil.
To Abitha, a recently widowed outcast, alone and vulnerable in her pious village, he is the only one she can turn to for help.
Together, they ignite a battle between pagan and Puritan ?? one that threatens to destroy the entire village, leaving nothing but ashes and bloodshed in their wake.
"If it is a devil you seek, then it is a devil you shall have!"
A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Nightfire

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