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The Survivors by Amanda Havard

The Survivors by Amanda Havard

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Published by Erica Erwin
The Survivors by Amanda Havard is the first book in the series. Read the Prologue and 1st Chapter here, visit www.amandahavard.com for more.

In 1692, when witch trials gripped the community of Salem, Massachusetts, twenty-six children were accused as witches, exiled, and left for dead. Fourteen of them survived.

The Survivors is the first installment of the tantalizing tales of the fourteen ill-fated Survivors and their descendants, who have been content in hiding for over three centuries. Isolated on a Montana mountainside, only Sadie, the rogue daughter, dares to abandon the family’s sacred hiding place. But no matter how far Sadie runs, something always pulls her back.

On a muggy summer night in Tennessee, she witnesses a shocking scene that will change her life forever. It is the first in a sequence of events that will drag her from the human world she’s sought to belong to for over a century and send her back to her Puritanical family. Sadie is thrown toward an uncertain future filled with cunning witches, mysterious nosferatu shape-shifters, dangerous eretica and vieczy vampires, millennia-old mythology, and the search for her own mortality. After all…

HOW DO YOU KILL A SURVIVOR?

The Survivors will steal your heart and invade your mind. Fall into the pages of Sadie’s life, a world so frighteningly similar to your own, you’ll find yourself wanting to go to the Montana mountains to find the Survivors for yourself.

And it is only the beginning.
The Survivors by Amanda Havard is the first book in the series. Read the Prologue and 1st Chapter here, visit www.amandahavard.com for more.

In 1692, when witch trials gripped the community of Salem, Massachusetts, twenty-six children were accused as witches, exiled, and left for dead. Fourteen of them survived.

The Survivors is the first installment of the tantalizing tales of the fourteen ill-fated Survivors and their descendants, who have been content in hiding for over three centuries. Isolated on a Montana mountainside, only Sadie, the rogue daughter, dares to abandon the family’s sacred hiding place. But no matter how far Sadie runs, something always pulls her back.

On a muggy summer night in Tennessee, she witnesses a shocking scene that will change her life forever. It is the first in a sequence of events that will drag her from the human world she’s sought to belong to for over a century and send her back to her Puritanical family. Sadie is thrown toward an uncertain future filled with cunning witches, mysterious nosferatu shape-shifters, dangerous eretica and vieczy vampires, millennia-old mythology, and the search for her own mortality. After all…

HOW DO YOU KILL A SURVIVOR?

The Survivors will steal your heart and invade your mind. Fall into the pages of Sadie’s life, a world so frighteningly similar to your own, you’ll find yourself wanting to go to the Montana mountains to find the Survivors for yourself.

And it is only the beginning.

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Published by: Erica Erwin on Apr 22, 2011
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Salem, MassachusettsDecember 1692 “We are decided then,” he said, but doubts plagued his mind. “You takethem, captain. Away from our homes. Away from this place,” ReverendParris demanded. The six men standing before him nodded. “We will rid you of the miscreants,” the captain assured him. “How far is the chosen destination?” Parris asked. “Far enough,” the captain said. “And the length of your journey?” Reverend Parris inquiredagain. He pressed his thin, pale hand to his forehead and clenched his jaw. It would be but a moment until his doubts overwhelmed him. “We are not sure,” the captain said readily. “We have heard only rumors that we can go so far west. I expect we may return when this winter gives way to spring. At worst, we may return with the summersun.” He swallowed uncomfortably at the falsehood, his conscienceguilty for telling such untruths. None of the six envisioned survivingthe journey ahead of them.Reverend Parris hesitated. Then the governor spoke. “It is farenough that they could never return to Salem. They would die on the journey.”  “If they shall die by God’s hand in the wilderness, then why shan’t we bestow upon them justice ourselves?” the reverend asked. The governor crossed his arms and narrowed his eyes. He and Parrisboth knew it was imprudent to ignore the allegations but outrageousto condemn them all to death. “Enough is enough,” Governor Phips said in a stern voice, and placed his hand on the reverend’s shoulder. “I will not hang anotherunless His Majesty says so, and he does no such thing. We are already impugned for our crimes against the other nineteen.” 
 
 
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Parris obliged. “Take them now, captain. Before this night has passed. You take what you need, and you leave now,” he said roughly.He had half a mind to kill each of these children, these
witches,
him-self, before anyone could stop him. He knew in his heart it was theLord’s way. They could all sense this. The captain led his team of horsemenout of Parris’s home hurriedly. In the street, thirty-two horses waited:one for each of the six, and twenty-six more, each with an accused witch shackled to it. The horsemen were as prepared as they could be for the journey ahead. Their only regret was taking so many of the small community’shorses with them, but they dared not question their purpose. To them, it  was worth risking their lives. They believed that witchcraft had no placein Salem, that there should be no room for it in God’s world at all. But they were quiet vigilantes, these six, who could remain complacent nolonger. They were charged with keeping their town, their
religion 
, frommurdering any more than it already had. Many in Salem could not bearto witness the massacre that would result if these children were put ontrial, but these six men were motivated not solely by beneficence. In-stead, they were driven by purpose, acting as if God Himself had sent the word to them to remove the accused from Salem and bring them tosafety.In the seasons preceding this midnight ride, nineteen souls hadhung from the gallows of Salem, accused and convicted as witches,and five more had died in prison. And now, just months after the most recent execution, this mass accusation had arisen. Twenty-six children were believed to be witches. The grievous claim was legitimate and was taken very seriously by more than just the zealous reverend. Alex-ander Raven, a respected member of the community, had made credi-ble accusations about all twenty-six. As an act of forbearance, Sir William Phips, the governor of Massachusetts, had decided to exile the accused instead of hangingthem, which outraged the Reverend Samuel Parris. But the decisionhad been made. It had been only one week ago that these twenty-six 

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