Book Review: The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog, today’s post is going to be a review of a book I’ve been really excited to read for the past few months, The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff. As some of you may know from my bio, I was a history major in college and I love reading historical non-fictions. I also was able to take a class on witchcraft throughout history in my senior year, so I was really, really excited about this book and it did not disappoint! Check out the rest of my thoughts below!



The Witches revolves around the Salem Witch Trials which took place in Salem, Massachusetts from 1692-1693. This is a fascinating time of history in Colonial America as the primary occupants of this area are the Puritans, who are known for their strict adherence to the Bible and leading pious lives. The mass hysteria that grows throughout this village creates a dark mark on America history, a warning to future Americans about giving into mass hysteria and hive thought.

As a person who has read many historical non fictions for study, I found myself really enjoying reading this for fun. I loved how in depth Schiff went into the history and the culture of the Puritan towns. Not only did the details set the stage for how the witch trials came to be, but it also gave reasoning for why some of the “afflicted” young women came to accuse scores of people of witchcraft. As a person who is used to reading these sorts of heavy,  detail filled historical non fiction books, I wasn’t disappointed with its contents, however if you are not used to reading texts like that I could see how it would be hard to digest all the information.

I give this book 4 stars out of 5 because I really did enjoy the material, as well as learned a great deal about the Salem Witch Trials, a period of time in which I am very interested in. However, it didn’t get the full five stars just because on some days I had a hard time really digesting all the detail heavy information and I could see how it would turn some people off.


I’m participating in the Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge (I’m going for 50 books read in 2016!), so if you’d like to follow along with my progress or just see what I’m reading you can check that out here. I’m also attempting the Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge, which can be found here. Let me know in the comments any books you’d recommend and what you’re currently reading. See you all next time!

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One thought on “Book Review: The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

  1. brontespageturners says:

    Thank you so much for recommending this book! I have been interested in the Salem witch-hunts since reading Arthur Miller’s The Crucible many years ago. Would recommend the latter if you haven’t tried it already! Bronte


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