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

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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.

Journal Entry 6 by wingCross-patchwing at BOOK ROUNDABOUT, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Saturday, January 04, 2020

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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.

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