firstficV4finalAugust is First Fiction Month on! Click here to read all our First Fiction coverage. 

Today’s Debut of the Day pick is The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent. Set during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the story follows the real-life Carrier family, whose sharp-tongued matriarch is accused of consorting with the devil.

The Heretic's Daughter cover

A descendent of the Carriers, Kent relates the story quietly, with moments of beauty that give way to horror, then to redemption. The Heretic's Daughter not only chronicles the insanity of the witch trials, but a family learning—maybe too late—to truly value each other.


Read the full review from our September 2008 issue here, and keep a lookout for Kent's next novel, The Outcasts, coming in October.

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