Judgment of the Witch
The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies — and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....
After hearing damning testimony, magistrate Woodward sentences the accused witch to death by burning. Desperate to exonerate the woman he has come to love, Matthew begins his own investigation among the townspeople. Piecing together the truth, he has no choice but to vanquish a force more malevolent than witchcraft in order to save his beloved Rachel — and free Fount Royal from the menace claiming innocent lives. (Goodreads)
This book was wonderful. If you like a good historical novel with the feeling of Pillars of the Earth, try this series. Set in the late 17th century, Matthew Corbett has to try to save his love, Rachel, from being put to death as a witch.
The politics in this book made the witch trial portion look tame. It was very interesting to me how all of the back room political machinations ultimately could cause a woman's death. I don't like to give spoilers, so I will let you find out on your own, but this book was very eye opening and made me think about the witch trials and how close to the truth Mr. McCammon is with this amazing novel. The lush description makes you fell like you are there.
An excellent read!