If it's roasted newborn babes or infants' brains trepanned by witches you're after; or if you enjoy a good detailed burning at the stake, stomach-slitting, rape, or torture--then this is the book for you. Hazel, born in the 16th century with a third teat and forced to flee witch-burners right and left, eludes the fire only to be raped and robbed by Tinker Tim, then cosseted and drugged by a real witch, Mother Crowder--who initiates her with disgusting rites and plans to steal her unborn son. Escaping, Hazel finds refuge with Black John, a onetime noble, now an outlaw, whom she saves from the gallows by marrying. They fall in love. But she is cursed by second sight and sees that worse is in store. . . much worse. . . and lots of it. And sure enough it is. Not to be read while eating.