The Last Witchfinder

The Last Witchfinder

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Horrified by the execution of her beloved Aunt Isobel, unjustly convicted as a witch, young Jennet Stearne, the daughter of an eighteenth-century English witchfinder, takes it upon herself to bring down the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act, inspired by a cryptic letter from Isaac Newton, taking on the Salem Witch Court, Algonquin Indian captors, her young lover Ben Franklin, and others in the process. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.


Jennet Stearne's father hangs witches for a living in Restoration England. But when she witnesses the unjust and horrifying execution of her beloved aunt Isobel, the precocious child decides to make it her life's mission to bring down the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act. Armed with little save the power of reason, and determined to see justice prevail, Jennet hurls herself into a series of picaresque adventures—traveling from King William's Britain to the fledgling American Colonies to an uncharted island in the Caribbean, braving West Indies pirates, Algonquin Indian captors, the machinations of the Salem Witch Court, and the sensuous love of a young Ben Franklin. For Jennet cannot and must not rest until she has put the last witchfinder out of business.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperPerennial, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060821807
Characteristics: 523 p. ; 21 cm


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Jan 21, 2011

This book had some good ideas, but there were some things about it that just didn't work. It had a bunch of random parts where the POV would switch into first person from a books point of view, and then it would go into some semi-irrelevant tangents that weren't really necessary. The characters didn't act like real people. Part of the problem was that it was a male author trying to write from the POV of a female character and failing. Overall the book was interesting, but it didn't really work for me.

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