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Cused of witchcraftIs there to Alice than meets the eye Fleetwood must risk everything to prove her innocence As the two women’s lives become intertwined the Witch Trials of 1612 loom Time is running out; both their lives are at stake Only they know the truth Only they can save each otherRich and compelling set against the frenzy of the real Pendle Hill Witch Trials this novel explores the r. The events described in the Familiars by Stacey Halls take place in the year 1612 Fleetwood is 17 years old and lives a lonely existence with her husband of 4 years in a gloomy isolated mansion in northern England She s pregnant but has previously had problems with miscarriages She s anxious to give birth successfully as Richard her husband is desperate for an heir The novel shines a light on the glaring misogyny of the times the exalted status of the midwife and the magic that fills the gaps that scientific knowledge hasn t yet reachedThe mindset and attitudes of 17th century England are cleverly imagined With a lack of doctors and medical know how rural communities depended on wise women and their use of herbs potions and techniues handed down over the years This atmospheric novel looks at how archaic country lore mixed with fear and ignorance was sometimes catastrophically perceived as witchcraftI found the narrative to be unexpectedly gripping and fast paced and in Fleetwood a character easy to root for as she struggles against the uniformly unpleasant bigoted and misguided men of the story There are few male characters with redeeming featuresThe Familiars is an enjoyable vivid and atmospheric read much recommendedNote I learnt on completing the book that the main characters were real historical figures the manor house Gawthorpe Hall exists and is open to the public and that the author Stacey Halls is a native of the area with a lifelong fascination of the Pendle witch trials which are central to the story

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The Familiars

Ights of 17th century women and raises the uestion Was witch hunting really women hunting Fleetwood Shuttleworth Alice Grey and the other characters are actual historical figures King James I was obsessed with asserting power over the lawless countryside even woodland creatures or “familiars” were suspected of dark magic by capturing “witches” in reality mostly poor and illiterate wome. What a wonderful Enchanting and captivating novel An unputdownable ripped from real life tale that kept me up late at night Having read Stacy Hall s The Foundling I couldn t wait to get my hands on The Familiars and it certainly didn t disappoint The Familiars is an extremely well written fictionalized account of the Pendle witch trials in 17th century Lancashire EnglandStacy Halls is a journalist and grew up near Pendle Hill She was always fascinated by the Witch trials from a young age Drawn from real life figures her novel tells the story of Fleetwood Shuttleworth a 17 year old Noblewoman who is pregnant for the fourth time She finds herself caught up in the trials when Alice Gray her midwife is accused of witchcraft Fleetwood needs Alice to help her deliver a healthy baby and Fleetwood risks everything to try and help AliceThe author skillfully conjures up the daunting landscape of the country and timeand creates a wonderful sense of time and place and her dialogue is believable and I loved being dropped right back to the 1600s I enjoy historical fiction as it introduces the readers to events in history which otherwise may have been forgotten The 1600 was a bleak time in history for woman and to be accused of witchcraft must have been terrifying and it didn t seem to take much to earn a reputation as a witch back then Stacy Hall s has written a very crisp and beautiful debut and certainly an author that I gad to have add to my favorites list I think readers who enjoy historical fiction or books by authors such as Diane Setterfield or Kate Morton may well enjoy Stacy hall novelsI so glad I order hard copies of these books as they will display beautifully on my real life bookshelf

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Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth a noblewoman is with child again None of her previous pregnancies have borne fruit and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir Then Fleetwood discovers a hidden doctor’s letter that carries a dire prediction she will not survive another birth By chance she meets a midwife named Alice Grey who promises to help her deliver a healthy baby But Alice soon stands ac. Justice means fairness Luck of prejudice I ve always loved Pendle Hill and the stories of the women who were accused of witchcraft during one of the darkest moments in the history of Europe The fascinating legends found a perfect home in Jeanette Winterson s The Daylight Gate a novel full of darkness raw beauty and folklore Stacey Hall s The Familiars is not as vicious as Winterson s masterpiece but it is no less poignant atmospheric and an absolutely beautiful novel fully doing justice to its dark themes of prejudice injustice and sheer violence against women Sadly these are issues that have not been extinguished in our world Centuries later we face the same dangers albeit wrapped in a different civilized packagePendle Hill and Malkin Tower are in the centre of attention in Fleetwood household She is the young wife of a noble house her mission to produce an heir a male heir let us not forget and things have not been going well Fleetwood is with child one chance to do her duty Her fortune brings her to Alive an eerie girl who seems to know nature and its gifts as well as an experienced wise woman Or as well as a witchThe witch hunt is in full swing under the reign of King James and Fleetwood has to face her husband s wrongdoings her fear for her pregnancy and the injustice against women who know Nature better than anyone I wouldn t wish a girl s life on anyone The Familiars are the spirits in objects and animals that act as replicas of the so called witches This belief lends the name to the title of this beautiful book that seems to be perfect Indeed I couldn t find a single feature that would have made me reconsider my rating The technical elements are brilliantly composed The era the dialogue the atmosphere of terror of suspicion and prejudice will captivate your heart from the first chapters This novel is an example of how a writer can create female protagonists that do not resemble any stereotype but are fully imagined and brought to life so realistically that the readers feel as if they re watching actual people of flesh and blood fighting for the right to have a voice This is why I won t tire you over technicalities What I feel the need to focus on is the exuisite treatment of the themes that make this novel such a beautiful and frightening experienceThe main theme reflected in the use of the witch hunt era as the setting is the position of women in a society that seems to take an almost orgasmic satisfaction in supporting every possible prejudice against them Men practice infidelity because it is their right Women are not even allowed to choose their own midwife Pregnancy becomes an obligation Something you must do because society tells you to And if you don t want children of your own everyone will look at you at best with apprehension and at worst with disgust I am using the Present tense intentionally because things haven t changed much Not as long as the Trumps of the world tell us what to do with our bodies and our own choices Religion and politics have always lent themselves as culprits of irrational actions dogmas have long been used as pretexts for absolute control over the fates of women Take the ridiculous Daemonologie written by King James as an example One of the most incompetent ludicrous monarchs of Europe that led dozens of women to their deathThere are men encouraged to feel superior by oppressing women because they feared their intelligence and independence Women bow to an absurd will and condemn other women because they are influenced by uneducated priests and are envious of the women who live their lives according to their rules without needing a man and a surname to sustain them or verify their existence These issues are still relevant to our world Many men cannot recognize women s right to euality Many women still need a man to verify their worth Flushing out certain parts of our anatomy on Instagram projecting ourselves as objects does not help This is not emancipation It is outright prostitution Let us not fear the words and speak clearlyWhat can be better than a Historical Fiction novel that prompts you to think of how universal and relevant certain issues are how vital in our daily experience This novel by Stacey Halls is like a heavy storm that has been brewing for hours Like the grey sky over Pendle Hill Like the fragile hope that comes with the arrival of a child in the world Do we not have eyes and ears like our husbands and the men who will condemn them Many thanks to MIRA and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest reviewMy reviews can also be found on


10 thoughts on “The Familiars

  1. says:

    The Familiars by Stacey Halls is a 2019 Mira publicationVery impressive debut novel Fleetwood Shuttleworth is o

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    Four surprising witchy gothic also frustrating starsI cannot really believe in this is a debut novel because the s

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    ‘’Justice means fairness Luck of prejudice’’ I’ve always loved Pendle Hill and the stories of the women who were accused of witchcraft during one of the darkest moments in the history of Europe The fascinating legends found a perfect home in Jeanette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate a novel full of dar

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    The novel is based on true events Pendle Hill Witch Trials and most of the characters did exist although it was the Author's imagination that directed their actions The story revolves around a noblewoman Fleetwood Shutterworth who is expected to provide her husband with an heir She miscarages several times and one day when pregnant again she meets a local woman Alice Grey who has a knowledge of the herbs and skills which may help

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    The events described in the Familiars by Stacey Halls take place in the year 1612 Fleetwood is 17 years old and lives a lonely existence with her husband of 4 years in a gloomy isolated mansion in northern England She’s pregnant but has previously had problems with miscarriages She’s anxious to give birth successfully as Richard her husband is desperate for an heir The novel shines a light on the glaring misogyny of the times the exal

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    There are times when I get absolutely giddy over a book that I’ve just finished so much so that I start babbling to my neighbors call up family members talk about it to strangers in stores despite their strange looks as though I’ve lost my mind That is exactly what I have found myself doing with Stacey Halls new book The FamiliarsAre you familiar with familiars? Yes I know I’m part Scottish so these thin

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    What a wonderful Enchanting and captivating novel An unputdownable ripped from real life tale that kept me up late at night Having read Stacy Hall’s The Foundling I couldn't wait to get my hands on The Familiars and it certainly didn’t disappoint The Familiars is an extremely well written fictionalized account of the Pendle witch trials in 17th century Lancashire EnglandStacy Halls is a journalist and grew up near P

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    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || Pinterest I reuested this book because I was in a witchy mood and the concept of feminism and

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    Book Reviewed by Stacey on wwwwhisperingstoriescomThe Year 1612 Pendle Lancashire Seventeen Year Old Fleetwood Shuttleworth has been married for four years and in that time she has been pregnant three times too losing each child before their

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    5☆ Spellbinding Superbly Written It Pulled Me In A Book that Will Stay with Me for a very long timeThere is only one word to really sum up THE FAMILIARS and that is SpellbindingFleetwood has tried so very hard to have a child but nature has been cruel and she has never carried a baby to full termWell that is until nowFle