THE EMANCIPATION OF GILES COREY: Winner of the Indie Excellence Award for Best Historical Fiction of 2011, Honorable Mention for the Hoffer Award and finalist for the Montaigne Medal
Thriller, spiritual mystery, historical fiction … or truth revealed?
Twenty-first-century Salem still guarded the secrets of lies and violence, torture and blackmail—even premeditated murder—that took place during the Witch Trials of 1692. Behind the gaudy museums and shops, the crowded bus tours of local haunts, the seemingly upright Colonial families dating back to the settling of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, festered a conspiracy of longstanding guilt and purely human greed. Only one woman knew of the Family Confederacy—Sophie St. Cloud, whose connection to the Salem Witch Trials is part magickal, part personal. Sophie’s dreams and hauntings have told her that the time has come to end the threat of the Confederacy and free the murdered souls of Salem after 315 years. With the aid of three friends, also mysteriously connected to Salem’s past tragedies, she sets out on a perilous, exacting pilgrimage of Emancipation.
The name of Giles Corey is familiar to anyone who knows the terrible story of the persecution and trials of those unfortunates who were accused of witchcraft in Essex County in 1692. Refusing to admit guilt, the elderly farmer was pressed under heavy stones and then beaten to death. His wife Martha hung soon thereafter, in the last group of executions before the trials were stopped. Every September, a secret ritual was performed by members of the conspiracy to keep Giles restrained in this world, unable to move to the next. Sophie St. Cloud must use all her spiritual and shamanic powers to defeat the evil and bring the good to Light in Salem’s most historical graveyards.
REVIEWS FOR THE EMANCIPATION OF GILES COREY
A unique twist on the murder of the only person to die by crushing in the Salem Witch Trials. Dead-on accurate in its depiction of rituals both harming and healing, and respectful of spiritual tradition and historical fact, this book stands alongside Kathleen Kent’s The Heretic’s Daughter as a must-read for anyone fascinated by Salem’s past. Maura D. Shaw, coauthor of Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games
Author Michael Sortomme draws on her personal expertise of Shamanic practices to create detailed descriptions of the rituals Sophie enacts. Her vivid accounts of spiritual connections put readers right in Salem’s cemeteries beside her and allow them to experience Sophie’s exhaustion after intense ordeals. Sacramento Book Review
This book is absolutely amazing. The interweaving of compelling storytelling with rich history draws you into a world that elicits so many different emotions. The reader is swept along with the four main characters in an incredible experience, an “American Camino,” that results in the freeing of 164 spirits who were previously bound to the earth. In emancipating the spirits, the character also free up parts of themselves that are trapped by their own connections to the past.
The writing is exquisite (seriously, read the acknowledgments) and flows beautifully. The chapters are small, which is nice for people, like myself who are not blessed with a lot of reading time. You will literally never look at the era surrounding the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 in the same way and will feel as though you have experienced the stories of these tortured spirits yourself. You will participate in their releases along with them and will simultaneously envy and dread the idea of living Sophia’s life and calling. Katrina Rasbold, Diva Digest
Michael Sortomme is a writer, artist, life-long metaphysician and retired teacher of the occult arts and Active Indigenous Shamanism. Educated in anthropology and modern literature, she has journeyed in pursuit of truth that she translates into vivid paintings and equally compelling stories. A Reincarnationist, prodigious past-life memory has motivated passions in Genetic Genealogy, Herstory and the Levant. The Pacific Northwest is home—the Oregon wine country—her piece of heaven. Sortomme has journeyed in pursuit of Truth that she translates into vivid paintings and equally compelling stories. Contact her through her website, www.michaelsortomme.com.