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ISBN# (10): 0-307-35152-1 / (13): 978-0-307-35152-4
October 2, 2007
Crown Publishers (An imprint of Random House)
1745 Broadway, MD 18-2, New York, NY 10019
$23.95 U.S./$29.95 Canada
275 Pages
Rating: 5 Cups

1507 Tierkinddorf, Germany

Güde Müller is the mother of Jost and grandmother, or Großmutter to Alke and Matern. The times are harsh and the food scare, and the elderly woman has no place to stay but with her son and his wife.

Irmeltrud, the wife of Jost, does not like the idea that she must give food to the grandmother Güde when they barely have enough to live because of the famine. She intends to have her say in the matter.

Güde lives with Jost and Irmeltrud. The elderly woman can barely get about and often has strange visions. Irmeltrud is not happy with the situation of having Güde in their family with food scarce and all the old woman does is have strange dreams. Jost knows his grandmother barely eats of the soup that is put on the table but that still displeases Irmeltrud. She tells Güde to earn her keep. Güde explains her hands are old and she cannot work. Irmeltrud tells her to open her old hands and beg for alms for food. When Jost leaves for awhile, she cast Güde out in the cold then barricades the door, not even allowing the children to let her in. Things turn ugly when a friar comes to Tierkinddorf seeking witches. It seems if he can get rid of the witches then the famine will cease and no one will be desperately hungry. Suddenly everyone is willing to help the friar so their bounty can be enriched. For some it does not matter who is condemned and burned at the stake as long as they have food, and they begin to share secrets with the friar. Güde is upset when she learns her good friend; Künne Himmelmann has been accused of practicing witchcraft. She and Jost know this is not correct and they will go to court for her, if necessary. Irmeltrud, bent on bringing more hardship upon Güde, decides to act upon matters. With the whole village doing anything to feed their families, Güde fears what her daughter-in-law may have in store for her.

I must say I was in complete awe when I started reading The Witch’s Trinity. There were so many times I wished that I could have jumped through time and insisted the burnings stop. The emotions of Güde and her friends are so intriguing that this reader practically devoured every word. I wanted to choke Irmeltrud. She definitely plays wretched very well. Moments made me wish to cry the way some of the characters went through the process of finding out if they indeed were witches. Erika Mailman sketches a story so intense, with strong characters so real, that it just jumps off the pages and the reader inhales everything. She engages the reader where one can almost smell the burning ashes and the circle of events. Marvelously done, this highly recommended, and extraordinary read gives thought to the reader.

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