This is a prequel to The Heretic's Daughter, which I read in 2010 and reviewed here. Set in 1673 New England, Martha Allen works as a servant in her cousin's household. Thomas Carrier is a laborer for the family with a mysterious past. I enjoyed this book, but I thought The Heretic's Daughter was even better. I might have liked it more if I had read it first, although it was interesting to learn the history of Martha and Thomas. I rated it 4 out of 5.