The Familiars

by Stacey Halls | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1488035024 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingearthcaroleannewing of Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on 12/5/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingearthcaroleannewing from Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, December 05, 2019
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Journal Entry 2 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, December 05, 2019
I loved the character of Fleetwood and found her narrative to be engaging and believed in her life in Lancashire in 1612. Her world soon changes after discovering a letter, hidden by her husband Richard that another pregnancy could be disastrous for her. Her trust and belief in him is drastically changed. This is an intriguing story of a young girl trying to survive in a time of accusation, hypocrisy, persecution and betrayal. I found myself backing Fleetwood wholeheartedly (loved watching her strength and endurance come through) and felt such rage at the magistrate. Some people are unable to relinquish power and make a final push to gain just a little more notoriety.

I find the witch trials fascinating and this book is based on actual places, people and events. Although this is a work of fiction, I love that these characters were imagined from real people. The book isn’t primarily about the famous trials as it goes on, but more about the women who suffered and the treatment of women at the time in general. There are no spells or creepy rituals as you might imagine. The witchcraft practices they were accused of where nothing more than using herbs as medicines and the many techniques the midwives used at the time. You might think these women were accused of dark magic or worse, but no. That’s what makes this story all the more tragic. However, the Pendle theme lingers throughout. This is a slow build read, but a satisfying one at that.

Journal Entry 3 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 19, 2019

Released 11 mos ago (12/19/2019 UTC) at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom

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Sending out for the Favourite Book of 2019 Roundabout.

Cross-Patch
greenbadger
Estelle1806
Fifna
dutch-book
Lamilla
Icila
Billbooks
Math-Girl40
Mcsar Canada
Valpete
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Journal Entry 4 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Thank you. Very much looking forward to reading this book!

Journal Entry 5 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 04, 2020
I’ve always avoided books that take witch trials as their theme, mainly because the theme is really baseless persecution of women, indeed mainly elderly women considered of no further use to society. I was fully engaged in Fleetwood’s story and was rooting for her and Alice all the way. In many ways it was an old fashioned love and betrayal story much in the mode of Georgette Heyer. Thank you for the chance to share.

Released 10 mos ago (1/6/2020 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Off to the next participant in the book roundabout of favourite books of 2019.

Journal Entry 7 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, January 10, 2020
It's arrived, thank you!

Journal Entry 8 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, February 15, 2020
Loved this story of the Pendle witches told from a totally new angle - through the eyes of the young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, mistress of nearby Gawthorpe Hall and terrified of losing her fourth pregnancy and being unable to provide her husband with an heir, or of losing her own life in childbirth. By chance she meets Alice Gray, a midwife who uses herbs and other mysterious methods, but soon it's clear that Alice is connected to the women who are accused by the child Jennet Device. Alice's life is in danger, and Fleetwood is certain that Alice is the only person who can keep her and her child alive. This is a brilliant and captivating story, exploring the extremes of poverty and the powerlessness of women at the time.

Journal Entry 9 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, February 23, 2020

Released 9 mos ago (2/23/2020 UTC) at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom

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On its way to Estelle1806, next in the roundabout.

Journal Entry 10 by wingestelle1806wing at Clonsilla, Co. Dublin Ireland on Thursday, February 27, 2020
Just here, thanks!

Journal Entry 11 by wingestelle1806wing at Clonsilla, Co. Dublin Ireland on Monday, March 09, 2020
This was a good read. I liked the story and the relation to nature throughout. Maybe the characters were a bit under-developed, but the fact that they have lived at the time the tale was set is a bonus to the plot...

Ready to go to the next reader now.

Journal Entry 12 by wingestelle1806wing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, March 09, 2020

Released 8 mos ago (3/9/2020 UTC) at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands

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On its way to Fifna, enjoy!

Please let us know when you release it again...

Journal Entry 13 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Arrived today, thanks estelle1806, and thank you for the International Bookcrossing Day label!

Journal Entry 14 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, March 29, 2020
I found this to be a very engaging story - and what a difficult time to be a woman, whether well-to-do or not. I liked how Fleetwood took matters into her own hand, in so far as she could. She was certainly not one for just sitting at home with her embroidery (absolutely no offence to embroidery intended, by the way), and I really was rooting for her to prevail. Thanks for sharing! I'll now see if I can get to a post office. We're not on total lockdown, so hopefully I'll be able to find something that's open.

Journal Entry 15 by wingFifnawing at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Monday, April 06, 2020

Released 7 mos ago (4/6/2020 UTC) at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands

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On its way to dutch-book.

Journal Entry 16 by wingdutch-bookwing at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Thursday, April 09, 2020
This book arrived yesterday. An interesting theme, and I look forward to reading this one.

Journal Entry 17 by wingdutch-bookwing at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Monday, May 11, 2020
I've started this book just after I finished Wolf Hall, which is about the same time period and the same country as this one. At first it was a bit difficult and it couldn't really catch me, but after a certain event in this book it started to pull me in and I have basically finished it in one go.
I've enjoyed it and it will be sent on shortly to Lamilla.

Journal Entry 18 by wingdutch-bookwing at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Released 6 mos ago (5/13/2020 UTC) at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands

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Off to Lamilla. I hope you'll enjoy this one too.

Journal Entry 19 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Thursday, June 04, 2020
Received today

Journal Entry 20 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Saturday, September 19, 2020

Released 2 mos ago (9/19/2020 UTC) at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus

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Sent only today, sorry for the delay

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Journal Entry 21 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Arrived yesterday, thank you.

Journal Entry 22 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, October 12, 2020
Thank you earthcaroleanne for choosing this book for the roundabout.
I wasn't too keen when I received it but from the first pages I was hooked. I read it without knowing it was based upon a real history event.
I found Fleetwood (what a strange name) very modern and free, all things considered.
The author note was an eye-opening and I read more about the Pendle witches on Wikipedia.

Journal Entry 23 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, October 12, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (10/13/2020 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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On its way to Mathgirl40 in Canada.

Journal Entry 24 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Thursday, October 22, 2020
This book has arrived in Canada. Looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 25 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, November 10, 2020
I found this novel to be an enjoyable and gripping story, set in an interesting time in history. Thank you, earthcaroleanne, for contributing it to the roundabout.

Journal Entry 26 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Released 1 wk ago (11/10/2020 UTC) at Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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This book is on its way to mcsar now.

Journal Entry 27 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Thursday, November 19, 2020
The book is here. I will start soon. Thank you, mathgirl40, for sending again.

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