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The Familiars Book ë 344 pages ✓ ➵ 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 hidden doctor Young Fleetwood ShuYoung 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 acc Four surprising witchy gothic also frustrating starsI cannot really believe in this is a debut novel because the story is so well crafted detailed and smartly written Well if it’s just first work of this writer I voluntarily like to read her future works So this is two women’s amazing fight and friendship story against all ignorance superstition judgmental and biased minds Fleetwood is afraid of losing her baby after three miscarriages at young age she is only 17 She reads physician letter written to her husband and understands this is her last chance to give a heir to himShe hires Alice as midwife who has untraditional methods but Fleetwood accepts any help she may get As they unconventional friendship grows King James’ minions wander around to accuse the innocent women for being witches weeding them out from the communityRising tension boiling anger and atmosphere surrounded by paranoia create doubts on Fleetwood‘s mind for making a choice about who she could trustSome parts of book makes your blood boil with anger uestion your beliefs and doubts about the people and their way of looking at the world When I search about the meaning of familiar I found out that it meant an animal close to the witches acting like her servant guardian spy protector companion This brings a different kind of meaning to the story and relationship of two womenMostly I liked Fleetwood’s change and growing by taking risks acting brave to protect her friend and baby It’s well developed informative but still frustrating with the parts show how the ignorance affect people’s minds and turned them into mentally blindAs a summary I liked it and I am happy to see upcoming works of the writerbloginstagramfacebooktwitter

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Ghts 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 women 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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The FamiliarsUsed 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 ri 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