"Havard effortlessly melds historical facts with spellbinding fiction in this compelling debut of THE SURVIVORS series." – The US Review
"Havard's triumphant debut will leave readers hanging on each page, anxious for the next chapter of Sadie's story!" – RT Book Review
"[Havard] had me absolutely falling in love... a stunning debut that will be sure to captivate readers." – The Book Cellar
Awards: Eric Hoffer Award 1st Runner-Up (YA), Independent Publisher Editor's Choice Award, Moonbeam Children's Book Award
Book 1 in THE SURVIVORS Series. POINT OF ORIGIN (Book 2) available now! BODY & BLOOD (Book 3) coming July 23rd!
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 and into 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.
For Sadie, all she wants is to be is more human, to escape her family, the Survivors. Inside a city gate in Montana for centuries little does she know or understand why. All she wants is to get out, be free. But… At what cost? Will she find the love her friend Corrina has found with Felix, will she escape, find the answers to her questions? Will she find out what she is as well as how to not be a Survivor? All she thinks she wants is mortality. Then one night she sees something she can notbelieve. There are more like her. Heading the words of his person is not what she does. Instead she confronts them. There she meets Everett.
Who is he, his family. Is she in danger because she didn’t do what she was told? Finally, she has what she wants. Or does she? Truths come out, but are they just that? Who does she believe, trust. She wants to, but can she? Can she turn from her family, become one of them whatever that may be?
Through the world she goes, looking, searching. Needing and wanting to find the answers that have eluded her for the centuries she has been alive.
Finally, Sadie learns the truth about herself, her family and about the family she so much wants to be a part of. How could this be, how does she go on, fill the void…
She thought she wanted to be free, more human, find mortality. Does she find it?
Who will survive, will love win out or will she have to walk away from it all? Can she fight those whom she calls family, can she regain their trust? Does she want it, or something else….
Rating: 5 stars
About The Author:
Amanda Havard thinks in stories. She writes books and songs, tells stories to people over coffee or in elaborate iPad apps, in short films or subtle photographs. Stories are her life. THE SURVIVORS: BODY & BLOOD is her third novel, and is an amalgamation of all of her storytelling love combined. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, a place where creativity drips from the sap of the trees, radiates from the attitude of the population, and seeps from the concrete. The inventor of the Immersedition™ interactive book app, Havard is always looking for the next best story-- and the most innovative way to tell it.Add a comment »