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PDF Ý BOOK The Familiars õ JOHNSCYCLINGDIARY Ñ ➵ The Familiars Download ➾ Author Stacey Halls – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 Ights of th 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 wom Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || Pinterest I reuested this book because I was in a witchy mood and the concept of feminism and girl power set against the backdrop of the witch trials during the rule of King James appealed to me In case you didn't know King James was all about that witch hunting life He wrote a book called the Demonology and Shakespeare actually wrote Macbeth with witches to appeal to his audience ie King James The witch trials in the United States were terrible but the 100 or so women killed tops pales in comparison to the hundreds of thousands of women who were murdered in the UK on account of being witchesFleetwood is a seventeen years old pregnant and the wife of a lord Theirs was a marriage of convenience she has the money and he basically treats her like chattel condescending to her and talking to her the way one would a child or misbehaving dog So she's understandably shocked and outraged when she finds a hidden message from a physician advising against pregnancy as the next will be her last Especially since he doesn't seem concerned about her health at all despite 2 miscarriagesWanting to live and wanting their child to live Fleetwood enlists the help of a mysterious woman she finds gathering herbs on their property one day This woman is Alice a midwife and wise woman who has gained her knowledge from the maternal line Alice's knowledge of herbal remedies actually ends up helping Fleetwood and she finds herself feeling better than she has in months All of that changes however when a friend of her husband Roger starts arresting and imprisoning women to await trial for execution He's heard about King James's penchant for witch hunting and figures the murder of the innocent will be a fine feather in his cap when it comes to his own ambitionsTHE FAMILIARS is a very frustrating book because on the one hand it doesn't fail to highlight how little respect women had back in the day and how showing any sort of knowledge or ambition as a woman could uickly lead to suspicion and fear On the other hand it's a really great story of women bonding together and using what limited power they had to accomplish great things sometimes at the expense of the status uo The writing style and message kind of reminded me of Margaret Atwood so I think if you're a fan of Atwood and pro feminist historical fiction you'll enjoy this book Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review  35 stars

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Accused 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 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 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 Fleetwood during her pregnancy The story seems simple but the Author managed mastefully to create a novel which I couldn't put down There are several themes in the novel which I found interesting position and fate of woman in the early 17th centrury prejudice against wise women which in conseuence led directly to the accusations of witchcraft and then to stake and the role children played during the so called witchhunt A very good atmospheric novel which I would recommend to FH loversMany thanks to Stacey Halls Harleuin Mira and Netgalley for providing me with ARC in exchange for my honest review

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The FamiliarsYoung 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 The Familiars by Stacey Halls is a 2019 Mira publicationVery impressive debut novel Fleetwood Shuttleworth is once with child hoping this time she will be able to give her husband Richard the heir he is so desirous of But when she stumbles across a letter written to her husband from a physician warning him that if Fleetwood should once find herself in childbed she would not survive To keep herself and unborn child from certain death Fleetwood hires the midwife of her choosing a young woman named Alice Grey Fleetwood knows that Alice’s methods are unconventional but she is desperate willing to try anything But when Alice is accused of witchcraft Fleetwood will do whatever it takes to free Alice but time is of the essence I loved this book This is the style of Gothic mystery that I first fell in love with This debut author has done an outstanding job of creating a heavily laden atmosphere of suspense casting doubts in all directions and pitting our heroine against those she should be able to trust against society and against time The fever pitch anxiety and furor which permeated the air during the real Pendle Hill Witch Trials creates the perfect backdrop for the danger paranoia and suspicions surrounding Fleetwood Using real life characters in the book is a nice touch adding a nice theoretical solution to an age old mystery Other real life props and events are scattered throughout the novel capturing the atmosphere of the times perfectly The story is a Gothic lover’s dream with the suspense building and building becoming nearly unbearable But the story is also one of courage of hope determination and of friendship and unbreakable bonds forged out of desperation I can’t say enough nice things about this one Right now historical fiction is one my very favorite genres and then add in these unmistakable Gothic elements a genre that is hands down my favorite of any genre then how can I go wrong The straightforward prose fits the style of Gothic fiction I think and compliments the characterizations especially that of Fleetwood The pacing it pitch perfect never hurried which is what creates that fraught nervous sitting on pin and needles sensation and is where many young Gothic novelists flounder I’m sure it is harder to pull off a slower balanced pace now than in days past with the limited word count reuired by most publishers So apparently this author obviously understands this genre has studied it and appreciates the nuances that make it successful Overall Stacey Halls has my undivided attention I’m super excited to see how she progresses from here on out