The Familiars by Stacey Halls

04483BF5-C492-4B97-A5C2-4F753C75920E.jpegIn a time of suspicion and accusation, to be a woman is the greatest risk of all.


mesmerizing and Haunting.


Format: ARC                                                     Publisher: Zaffre Publishing

A beautifully evocative, enchanting and endearing debut novel, set against the backdrop of the Pendle witch trials, wonderfully written so much so that the pages sing their praise.

Having read a letter not intended for her eyes from the Doctor who delivered her third child stillborn, there follows a  chance meeting between 17-year-old Fleetwood Shuttleworth and Alice Gray a young midwife, Alice agrees to help Fleetwood, so begins a bond and friendship, how far will you go to protect this.

With the use of potions and herbal remedies Alice begins the task of preparing Fleetwood to deliver a healthy baby and an heir for her husband Richard.

Set in the 17th century Roger Nowell is the local magistrate, politically ambitious and keen to make a name for himself with King James, so begins the witch trials, unfortunately fate and circumstance see Alice caught up in it all, can Fleetwood help her and at the same time her baby.

What will follow is a powerful story descriptive and rich in detail.

Whlist the witch trials play their part more at the heart the author has written an immersive story  of a young woman’s determination and struggle to overcome injustice but also central is her relationship with her husband.

A wonderful narrative with scenes that are vivid and set a landscape of turbulent and hard times.

The story flows with the right amount of twists, at times disturbing but also heartwarming.

Here we have a book which is so far out of my reading comfort zone that I wasn’t really sure if I was going to enjoy reading or what to expect, what I didn’t expect was to be hooked from the opening pages but thanks to the authors writing it was hard to let go.

I can see this being one of the books of 2019.



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