Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Winters may be a witch, but she doesn’t know the first thing about magic.
Her father, a wizard himself, has forbidden the use of her powers for her own protection. But when accusations of witchcraft start flying through Salem Village, Elizabeth wishes she was more prepared.
Despite her lack of magical knowledge, Elizabeth appoints herself to save innocent women from the untimely demise the village has in store for them. Elizabeth finds, however, that she is not the hero Salem needs her to be. When Elizabeth is betrayed by someone she trusts, she loses control of her emotions and unintentionally curses the village with the ten plagues of Egypt. Now, Elizabeth must figure out how to break the curse before the morning of the tenth plague—the plague of death. If she fails, Salem will cease to exist.
What people are saying about Devil’s Playground:
“DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND serves up some well-imagined supernatural justice without destroying the emotionally unsettling mob-mentality phenomenon in 17th century Salem Village…With a touch of romance, plenty of action, and more than one heart-rending betrayal, DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND is a great supernatural YA read that had me glued to the pages.
For me, DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND fixed something emotional that THE CRUCIBLE had broken. 5 stars.” -Collen O’Felein, Author of EERIE-
“This debut author has literally made my night/day. I am stunned by how realistic all the magic was, and everything else as well. Everything I went through in this book was nothing but pure awesome sauce….Not only was this book beautifully written, but also worth way more than 5 stars easy. If I could rate it 10 stars I would.” -Amber Adkins (Paranormal Bookworms Unite)-
“Devil’s Playground by Heather Eagar is a fresh new look at the events known as the Salem witch trials. From the point of view of a first person account, you are immediately drawn into the action and feel the pressure of keeping a devastating secret along with the frustration of feeling powerless to help. Well written with a variety of characters with their own hidden motivations, the story speeds along with hope, despair, and the threat of the ultimate sacrifice. Well worth reading, this engaging tale adds a new dimension to the standard witch hunt genre.” -Readers Favorites-
“Extremely well crafted, with scenes that bring the past to life from the sights to the smells, Ms. Eagar takes her readers to an era of ugliness while giving us breathing characters, including one teen who wants desperately to save the world with her personal crusade,only to find it is far beyond what she is capable of and that even the best intentions can be deadly in untrained hands. Heather Eagar has a riveting tale to share that will enchant readers of all ages.” -Tome Tender Book Blog-
“Full of action, magic and dangers that pull you in and keep you enthralled until the end. Everyone should read this historical fantasy and be prepared for the journey!!” -YA Insider-
Q: How did you come up with the idea for Devil’s Playground?
A: It was actually my husband’s idea! Years ago when I was working on a different novel he said, “Hey, why don’t you do a story about an actual witch who lives in Salem during the witch trials.” I thought it was the best idea EVER and took it from there. It has become quite a different story than either of us envisioned, but so much better.
Q: Do you use actual people from the trials in your story?
A: Yes, I do! My main characters are mostly fictional, but I use actual people from the trials as supporting characters, and also some actual quotes from the trials as well.
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