The Familiars (Hardback)

Stacey Halls

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Stacey Halls' debut novel The Familiars is all about how being a woman in a time of suspicion and accusation could put you at risk.

17-year-old Fleetwood Shuttleworth finds a letter she isn't supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth and discovers she would not survive another pregnancy.

She crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, the young midwife who helped her give birth to a healthy baby - and together they decide to prove the physician wrong... Set during the Pendle witch trials of 1612, this is a powerful, important and bewitching read for anyone who loves historical fiction.


Product Details

  • Product code: FMLR
  • ISBN: 9781785766114
  • Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 22.4cm x 14.4cm
  • Pages: 432
  • Publish date: 04/02/2019

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Brilliant -

I really enjoyed this book, it's wonderfully written with the historical facts about the pendle witches and the family involved in the book. I was drawn in from the first page of this book and with being not far from pendle hill itself it really did captivate my imagination on how things were in the 1600s and how hard it was to prove innocence. Now we have all herbal remedies that they probably used back then. I bet they laugh at us now.

Heather , 26/04/2019

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Really enjoyable read -

I thoroughly enjoyed this book the whole way through. Historical yet gripping. Similar style to Phillipa Gregory, a good take on the Pendle witches with some accurate facts thrown in. Wonderfully written.

Sam1223 , 22/04/2019

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Amazing book -

I bought this book because I had read the first book and needed to find out what happened. The artwork on the cover is beautiful and I couldn't put it down until I had finished. The book looks at how women were treated in the 1600s from noble women to peasant women. It really highlights how terrifying it would have been to go through pregnancy and childbirth in those times and how much pressure there was to produce an heir. The witchcraft element of the book is fascinating and based on real events. I was worried that it might get too dark but there was just enough mystery about the familiar spirits without the book getting creepy. The book explores the way the witches were accused and the ulterior motives for arresting them. There are lots of little twists and turns along the way and I really couldn't guess how it would turn out but the ending was really good.

RachelG , 14/04/2019

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Enticing hardback -

I haven't started reading this book yet, but am looking forward to doing so. It is a handsome-looking hardback with an appealing dust cover, and was excellent value.

Salisbury reader , 06/04/2019

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Loved it! -

The Familiars written by Stacey Halls is a story based on a true historical timeline and real-life people, namely Fleetwood Shuttleworth, born in 1595, who was a woman of gentry and mistress at Gawthorpe Hall. It is a work of fiction based on the premise of the Pendle witch trial in Lancaster 1612 and sadly highlights the plight of women disproportionately targeted as part of witch hunts during the time period set.

I'm generally not drawn to the 1600s as a story setting but I do have to admit that the inclusion of witches and the infamous trial did spark my curiosity as I've always been intrigued by witchcraft. I did overall enjoy the story, if a little lightweight, and I would have possibly enjoyed reading some chapters from Alice's point of view as she stood accused but generally the slow pace and atmospheric setting did provide a feeling of being transported to the setting of the story.

The ordeals and suspicions that fell upon women who were probably no more than 'wise women' who used nature to help cure ails and treat pregnant ladies was very sad to read and the author covered these tragic events professionally.

With a truly gorgeously printed hardback cover to the book, this is worth every penny to adorn any bookshelf and I would happily recommend, it is slow but engaging and well written which leaves you asking 'was she or wasn't she?' and I wish the author every success with this surefire bestseller for 2019.

4 stars.

Miriam Smith , 14/02/2019

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