The Familiars

The Familiars

Stacey Halls / Aug 25, 2019

The Familiars 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 do

  • Title: The Familiars
  • Author: Stacey Halls
  • ISBN: The Familiars
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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 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 accused of witchcraft.Is 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 other.Rich and compelling, set against the frenzy of the real Pendle Hill Witch Trials, this novel explores the rights of 17th century women and raises the question 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 352 pages Expected publication February 19th 2019 by MIRA first published February 7th 2019 More Details Original Title The Familiars ISBN 0778369188 ISBN13 9780778369189 Other Editions 12 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Familiars by Stacey Halls Release date Feb 19, 2019 Enter to win 1 of 75 Advanced Reader Editions of The Familiars by Stacey Halls Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a noblewoman, is with child again None o Enter to win 1 of 75 Advanced Reader Editions of The Familiars by Stacey Halls 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 accused of witchcraft.Is 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 other.Rich and compelling, set against the frenzy of the real Pendle Hill Witch Trials, this novel explores the rights of 17th century women and raises the question 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 Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters Oooh Shiny February 2019 20 books 1 voter More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 09, 2019 Whispering Stories rated it really liked it review of another edition Book Reviewed by Stacey on whisperingstoriesThe 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 birth dates Fleetwood is once again pregnant and hoping to make it to full term with her child so she can give her husband an heir to carry on the Shuttleworth name Unfortunately, she comes across a letter from the local physician which was written a Book Reviewed by Stacey on whisperingstoriesThe 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 birth dates Fleetwood is once again pregnant and hoping to make it to full term with her child so she can give her husband an heir to carry on the Shuttleworth name Unfortunately, she comes across a letter from the local physician which was written after she lost her third child which states that if she would be to fall pregnant again it is unlikely that she will survive.Fleetwood is distressed by the letter and wants to confront her husband about it but doesn t know how She decides to go a different route and hire a local woman to be her midwife, a woman that knows all about potions and herbs and promises to deliver a healthy baby Alice Grey.There is talk amongst the local people of witches in the area and her new midwife is soon finding her name bought into the accusations of witchcraft Fleetwood is sure Alice is innocent and with the trial looming close and if found guilty Alice will be hung, Fleetwood will do anything to save her new friend, even going against her husband for the young woman.The Familiars is a historical novel set in the era when people who were a little different were accused of being witches and killed, not only in the UK but across the world too One of the most famous and best recorded witch trials in the UK was in Pendle, Lancashire, now dubbed the home of the Pendle Witches , where twelve people went on trial and ten found guilty.Ms Halls has weaved her superior tale around the events from 1612 and brought into her fictional novel some famous names from the trials, including Alizon Device and Alice Grey The Shuttleworth family are also a well known real family from the area too.Fleetwood although only seventeen has been through some hard times Not only is it illegal to get married at the age she did these days, but you just couldn t comprehend a young girl of seventeen having been married for four years and not only being pregnant four times but losing three of her children before birth too I found her character although a little weak minded at times, yet she was intriguing and I enjoyed watching her evolve as the plot progressed.Whilst the book is set during the Pendle Witch trials, for my liking, there wasn t enough about them in the book, mainly because I love a good book featuring witches and this is what made me choose to read the story in the first place What information there is, is historically accurate and you can tell that the author has a keen interest in the past and has done lots of research.Overall the book left me satisfied and I thoroughly enjoyed it It left me feeling enthralled with parts and spellbound by others The pace felt a little slow to at times but in my personal opinion slowness works in historical fiction as it allows you to really grasp the past and understand it The pace does pick up as you near the end.This is a book that I feel is going to be a bit like Marmite in that if you have an interest in historical fiction or indeed the witch trials or Pendle, you will love it If you have no interest in these subject then I can t see it being of interest to you flag 34 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Umut Reviews rated it it was ok review of another edition It started well and exciting, but didn t follow through with a solid story and plot So, it s not for me flag 23 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 12, 2018 Rebecca rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction Solid historical fiction for readers of Jane Harris and especially Martine Bailey The language especially the dialogue, even when trying to be relatable and or coy didn t always strike me as right for the time period e.g Hot and bothered, I went downstairs and They burn witches, don t they In any case, it s a accessible take on the Pendle witches history than Jeanette Winterson s The Daylight Gate, with the added interest of a look at a young woman s real life four pregnanci Solid historical fiction for readers of Jane Harris and especially Martine Bailey The language especially the dialogue, even when trying to be relatable and or coy didn t always strike me as right for the time period e.g Hot and bothered, I went downstairs and They burn witches, don t they In any case, it s a accessible take on the Pendle witches history than Jeanette Winterson s The Daylight Gate, with the added interest of a look at a young woman s real life four pregnancies by age 17 in the seventeenth century Out on February 7, 2019 I read an advanced proof copy from Bonnier Zaffre Full disclosure I was a volunteer reviewer for Stacey when she ran the We Love This Book web magazine flag 16 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Aug 10, 2018 Tati rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves historical fiction If this is going to be the most spellbinding debut of 2019, I fear for the next year.Fleetwood was too weak a character, I felt She wasn t interesting enough to keep the story going I do realize that those were different times, and that women were supposed to be meek and obey their husbands But even in her thoughts she was a pushover And for someone who keeps riding all over the place to be this meek didn t sit right with me to be honest.The most interesting element of this was the witch hun If this is going to be the most spellbinding debut of 2019, I fear for the next year.Fleetwood was too weak a character, I felt She wasn t interesting enough to keep the story going I do realize that those were different times, and that women were supposed to be meek and obey their husbands But even in her thoughts she was a pushover And for someone who keeps riding all over the place to be this meek didn t sit right with me to be honest.The most interesting element of this was the witch hunt And even that was not that interesting There were a few twists, and while they were twisty, they didn t make up for the overall blandness of the story flag 11 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Kate rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favourites read in 2019, out in 2019 and read As soon as I met Fleetwood Shuttleworth, I fell for her She s based on a true person this isn t a name you d easily think up but this is her fictional story Fleetwood was mistress at the grand house of Gawthorpe in 1612, the time and nearby place of the infamous Pendle witch trials The so called witches do feature here but the glory of The Familiars is its portrayal of this 17 year old girl, already on her second marriage and already pregnant for the fourth time, the previous pregnancie As soon as I met Fleetwood Shuttleworth, I fell for her She s based on a true person this isn t a name you d easily think up but this is her fictional story Fleetwood was mistress at the grand house of Gawthorpe in 1612, the time and nearby place of the infamous Pendle witch trials The so called witches do feature here but the glory of The Familiars is its portrayal of this 17 year old girl, already on her second marriage and already pregnant for the fourth time, the previous pregnancies having ended in loss Her midwife is one of the accused women and there is nothing Fleetwood won t do to save her, her only hope of a safe delivery It s beautifully written, hugely atmospheric and so hard to put down As for that cover it s a thing of beauty Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights flag 11 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Karen Kay rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc netgalley, england, randomized challenge 2019, longmire challenge, 2019 countdown, baking challenge, netgalley read 2019 I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review Set against the frenzy of the real Pendle Hill Witch Trials, this novel explores the rights of 17th century women and raises the question Was witch hunting really women hunting Based on real history In an era where women were to be seen and not heard, Fleetwood Shuttleworth knows the women are falsely accused of witchery and goes to great lengths, even to endanger herself and unborn baby, to prevent the deaths of innocent women.3.5 I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review Set against the frenzy of the real Pendle Hill Witch Trials, this novel explores the rights of 17th century women and raises the question Was witch hunting really women hunting Based on real history In an era where women were to be seen and not heard, Fleetwood Shuttleworth knows the women are falsely accused of witchery and goes to great lengths, even to endanger herself and unborn baby, to prevent the deaths of innocent women.3.5 rounded up to 4 flag 7 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 21, 2019 Cora Tea Party Princess marked it as to read review of another edition I read a sneak peek on Readers First and now I can t wait to get my hands on the rest of the story.The writing is lush and descriptive and I am INTRIGUED as to where the story is going to go next The writing style is very evocative and I could almost feel the threatening rain from the clouds.I love the beautiful wood engraving style illustration at the beginning.And the cover is stunning It s absolutely gorgeous and I think I could stare at it all day, picking out the little details flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 vdokia Veloudou rated it really liked it review of another edition Thank you to Bonnier Zaffre for providing me with a finished copy of this book I love it that I went into this book expecting nothing and getting so much of it That s the best kind of read The Familiars was that kind of book for me It gave me so much, without even knowing I wanted to The story takes place in 1612, at a time when King James I of England King James IV of Scotland was at the throne It was a well known fact that King James was dreadfully afraid of witches, therefore Thank you to Bonnier Zaffre for providing me with a finished copy of this book I love it that I went into this book expecting nothing and getting so much of it That s the best kind of read The Familiars was that kind of book for me It gave me so much, without even knowing I wanted to The story takes place in 1612, at a time when King James I of England King James IV of Scotland was at the throne It was a well known fact that King James was dreadfully afraid of witches, therefore there was an increase of arrests of people who were even suspected of using witchcraft or were carrying out the devil s work Wise women aka healers were an easy target We follow the life of Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a young 17 year old bride, who, unfortunately, has been unable to produce an heir thus far for her husband When Fleetwood stumbles upon some alarming news regarding her health, she flees from her house in distress On her way to the moors of Lancaster, she chances upon a strange girl, named Alison Gray Fleetwood takes a keen interest on the young woman, and eventually takes her on as her midwife, hoping that she will be able to see her through her third pregnancy Being a wise woman in those days though could be dangerous, and the the two women bonded, the they find themselves trapped by their circumstances and the choices they make I simply loved seeing the growth and the journey that Fleetwood goes through this book, starting out as a very timid little housewife and eventually growing into the woman she s always hoped she d be The book is so beautifully written, very well researched on the Pendle witch trials and offers an interesting dose of historical trivia of the times The bond between the two women was wonderful to witness, as both characters managed to come to terms with their past and be able to stand up for themselves for what they believed in The plot flows with a steady pace, up until the time for the big climax leads to a justified resolution Fans of historical fiction will not be disappointed by this fast paced read There might not be battles or physical wars in this one, but there is psychological growth and an empowerment of women flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Karen rated it really liked it Shelves historical, history, feminism, netgalley, paranormal An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.In 1612, witches are being hunted in England Being a woman puts you in the most danger of being accused as one Fleetwood Shuttleworth is again pregnant, and is anxious to give her husband an heir after several miscarriages She encounters a young woman, Alice Gray, whom she takes in to be her midwife Alice promises she can help Fleetwood successfully deliver a baby But then Alice herself is acc An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.In 1612, witches are being hunted in England Being a woman puts you in the most danger of being accused as one Fleetwood Shuttleworth is again pregnant, and is anxious to give her husband an heir after several miscarriages She encounters a young woman, Alice Gray, whom she takes in to be her midwife Alice promises she can help Fleetwood successfully deliver a baby But then Alice herself is accused of being a witch, and Fleetwood fears for both Alice s and her own unborn baby s lives.I really enjoyed this novel I found it well written and very compelling Historical novels I have read lately have had some time travel present day twist, and I m actually quite happy this book didn t include that It just takes place in the 1600s, showing readers how it was to live as a woman in this time it didn t need that twist to make it interesting I loved the exploration of a woman s place in society and in her own home I particularly liked seeing Fleetwood s relationship with her husband, Richard, and with her severe mother as she tries navigating what a wife should do Looking back at the story, I really don t have many complaints about the characters, narration, or plot I think Fleetwood really comes into her own through the story, changing from a somewhat meek woman to one who is brave and outgoing she tries to save Alice s life, and also speaks out against men My only complaint would probably be that the story is a bit insubstantial I suppose I wish there was something to it, another aspect or twist to give it depth I also wish there had been something done with the witches and discussion of the familiars Overall, I really did enjoy the book I think it s a great look into the historical period of the early 1600s, especially from the perspective of a woman.Blog Twitter Instagram flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 NerdyBookishBeauty rated it liked it review of another edition I enjoyed how this was written, the plot and the verbiage true to its time I was very impressed with the style of writing of this interesting story While I enjoyed the writing style, the story could not keep me hooked I would get bored with it and I struggled to get halfway If you can make it to that point, the story grabs you and the friendship that grows will keep you until the end I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review This book will be available February 2019 flag 3 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Kelly rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 reads, 2019 releases read, arcs read, favorites, historical fiction This book is wonderful The writing is gorgeous and atmospheric from beginning to end I was gripped pretty quickly due to the fact that I adored Fleetwood as a protagonist As soon as I realised this was based on the Pendle Witch Trials I was IN Thanks to Bonnier Zaffre and NetGalley for my free eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. full review to come flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 21, 2018 Megan Woodrich rated it really liked it review of another edition A solid piece of historical fiction that centers on a female friendship I was hoping for a bit witchcraft, but still, the story drew me in flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 16, 2018 Sally Boocock rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves witchy books I thoroughly enjoyed this especially as it is based in the Elizabethan Gawthorpe hall near Burnley.Stories abound about the Pendle witches in this part of thr country and as I live in Lancaster I was fascinated to read this novel It didnt disappoint.It tells the story of the young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, mistress of Gawthorpe hall and pregnant with her 3rd child after two miscarriages She makes the acquaintance of a young girl who says she is a midwife and helps her But with the witch hunt in I thoroughly enjoyed this especially as it is based in the Elizabethan Gawthorpe hall near Burnley.Stories abound about the Pendle witches in this part of thr country and as I live in Lancaster I was fascinated to read this novel It didnt disappoint.It tells the story of the young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, mistress of Gawthorpe hall and pregnant with her 3rd child after two miscarriages She makes the acquaintance of a young girl who says she is a midwife and helps her But with the witch hunt increasing every day it becomes a dangerous time to be a woman Riddled with striking descriptions of the countryside , Lancaster and the people it becomes a battle for Fleetwood to be able to keep hold of her friend and who she can and cannot trust Basedl loosely on the true events of the witch hunts I would heartedly recommend it to anyone who like me is interested in that period of time flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 07, 2018 Genna rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, galleys arcs giveaways, cover lust I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Neighbours denouncing neighbours it was the most reliable trait of humanity, and was how the dungeon was filled in the first place Rumour could spread faster than disease, and could be just as destructive The year is 1612 and noblewoman Fleetwood Shuttleworth, age 17, is pregnant with her fourth child This pregnancy, however, is not a happy occasion for young Fleetwood, the first three pregnancies having ended in tragedy I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Neighbours denouncing neighbours it was the most reliable trait of humanity, and was how the dungeon was filled in the first place Rumour could spread faster than disease, and could be just as destructive The year is 1612 and noblewoman Fleetwood Shuttleworth, age 17, is pregnant with her fourth child This pregnancy, however, is not a happy occasion for young Fleetwood, the first three pregnancies having ended in tragedy Desperate for an heir for her husband and fearing for her own life, Fleetwood employs the help of a peculiar midwife from a neighboring village Equipped with herbs, tinctures, and other mysterious remedies, Alice Gray s devoted ministrations steadily restore Fleetwood s health and a tentative bond between the two women grows However, all is not well in Lancashire, as the community is consumed by accusations of witchcraft An impoverished and illiterate wisewoman, Alice is swept up in the hysteria and quickly arrested With her risky delivery impending and fearing for the life of her dear friend, Fleetwood must risk everything to save them both Everyone will know soon enough that there are witches in these parts And so they should Do they not say the women are wild here I know not what they say, nor do I care to And I m not sure wild is the same as evil First off, I d like to state that, despite what other early readers may be saying, I would be hard pressed to interpret Fleetwood as a weak or dull character It is impossible to fully grasp the fear, pain, and insurmountable challenges faced by women living in this era, particularly those of a woman who at age 17 is already married and pregnant for the fourth time Further, I found her contradictory actions to be reasonable, as her privileges as a noblewoman afford her a certain level of agency that poor women do not possess, and yet she s still considered the property of her husband and is expected to be subservient.I love stories in which the key relationship is a strong friendship between two women Fleetwood and Alice could not be less alike, while their social stations alone discourage any sort of relationship beyond employer employee, and yet, their bond and mutual trust grows gradually and organically throughout the course of The Familiars The topic of witches and witch trials take a backseat to the personal struggles of these two women, but they help to highlight the underlying theme of women s rights which is woven throughout this story.I do think the title may be a tad misleading, as those who are looking for a story about magic and witchcraft and familiars who play a slight role in the narrative, despite being featured in the title may be disappointed The Familiars is a rich historical fiction about women and life in a world in which any sort of healing knowledge or a simple misstep could easily lead to an accusation of witchcraft resulting in the dungeon or gallows The ending left me feeling slightly unmoored, as I was hoping for of a sense of closure, but I was nonetheless spellbound by Fleetwood and Alice, their quiet strength and resistance, and their resounding friendship A rich, resonant tale Quotes were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Vicki rated it really liked it review of another edition Just before we get into this I just need to state that I received this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review This is a really well researched and wonderfully written book based on the Pendle Witch Trials The story takes place in my local area and it was really wonderful to read something that takes place in such familiar places I found the main character is really strong willed though she can be naive at times throughout the book, she really fights for what she believes i Just before we get into this I just need to state that I received this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review This is a really well researched and wonderfully written book based on the Pendle Witch Trials The story takes place in my local area and it was really wonderful to read something that takes place in such familiar places I found the main character is really strong willed though she can be naive at times throughout the book, she really fights for what she believes in The book does leave you guessing as to the truth of the pendle witches and explores the motives behind the accusations made by the people in power at the time I honestly couldn t put this book down and finished it within a day and with that in mind am giving it a four star rating flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 11, 2018 Beadyjan rated it it was amazing review of another edition I concur with all the great reviews I ve seen for this title It held me firmly in its grip from start to finish and never let go.It is a quite terrifying indictment of how powerless women were, and were expected to be, in an age when men held all the power and quite literally had the power of life and death over women with the capacity to dominate women and decide their fate, just because they were male and could get away with anything.I found the story all the shocking as the heroine, wit I concur with all the great reviews I ve seen for this title It held me firmly in its grip from start to finish and never let go.It is a quite terrifying indictment of how powerless women were, and were expected to be, in an age when men held all the power and quite literally had the power of life and death over women with the capacity to dominate women and decide their fate, just because they were male and could get away with anything.I found the story all the shocking as the heroine, with the unusual first name of Fleetwood, is just 17 years old yet is in the midst of her fourth pregnancy She is an innocent yet proves to have an inbuilt strength she needs to survive She has a charming but perfidious husband, a mother she despises, no friends and only her faithful rescued hound Puck as a loyal companion.Fearing she won t survive this pregnancy, it s little surprise that she is delighted when she meets another young woman, Alice who claims skills in midwifery which she promises will help Fleetwood deliver a healthy baby safely.She soon comes to rely on Alice and the two young women from very different backgrounds become friends But Fleetwood is soon to discover a shocking betrayal, and Alice is to stand accused of witchcraft whilst Fleetwoods struggle for a healthy pregnancy becomes a death defying nightmarish journey.Based on the real and notorious Pendle witchcraft trials this books weaves clever and compelling fiction around authentic characters and sweeps us through the 15th century at a gallop An outstandingly captivating book which weaves its magic around the reader throughout flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Cheyenne Tonkin About Books marked it as dnf review of another edition Shelves arc approved Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this, it just wasn t for me DNF 28%I was so sad I had to DNF this one I really liked the atmosphere and mood of the story setting, I was just so bored and slightly confused I felt like there was not much of anything happening and what was happening didn t have anything to do with the plot or was pointless filler I don t know I was hoping for from this and I m really disappointed I usually try to stick with a book but if I Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this, it just wasn t for me DNF 28%I was so sad I had to DNF this one I really liked the atmosphere and mood of the story setting, I was just so bored and slightly confused I felt like there was not much of anything happening and what was happening didn t have anything to do with the plot or was pointless filler I don t know I was hoping for from this and I m really disappointed I usually try to stick with a book but if I m a quarter of the way in and I m not having fun or at least interest then I don t stick with it, life s too short to read books you don t enjoy flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 Connie rated it it was amazing review of another edition I loved this, an exciting historical fiction based around the real story of the Pendle Witches where twelve women were hung accused of murder by Witchcraft flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 22, 2018 Jen rated it really liked it review of another edition Originally reviewed on shitbookreviewsI got this as a preview copy from the nice people at Netgalley I will always be honest about a book no matter if I paid for it or not TL DR The Familiars is a binge worthy book which should make you mad and full of joy all at the same time The Familiars made me use the highlight function on my Kindle A function I d never seen the point in using before because surely nothing would resonate with me as a few silly words in a book, right But there Originally reviewed on shitbookreviewsI got this as a preview copy from the nice people at Netgalley I will always be honest about a book no matter if I paid for it or not TL DR The Familiars is a binge worthy book which should make you mad and full of joy all at the same time The Familiars made me use the highlight function on my Kindle A function I d never seen the point in using before because surely nothing would resonate with me as a few silly words in a book, right But there s something quite poignant about realising how shit life once was or still is in some cases for a lot of women Case and point Fleetwood, your head is full of fancies You speak as if we are in a play, all with a part to act You and I have no role in the King s justice, we support our husbands It s 1612 You re 17 and on your third pregnancy after failing to carry to term every other time People are convinced every woman who is a little strange or doesn t follow the norms is practising witchcraft You are rich AF servants, cooks etc with privilege oozing out of every pore, but you befriend an unlikely character and put the life of your unborn child into Alice Grey s hands a young midwife with a herbal track record Scene set, yeah I have a lot of love for this book I didn t want to put it down, but the allotted 45 min bus journey to work dictated that I had to otherwise I d have attempted to keep reading this whilst walking not something I recommend people get pissy when you walk into them It s captivating as it entwines with your life, yet infuriating as you realise how few rights women had.Fleetwood s character is detailed and lovable with as much screw the patriarchy as she could probably muster during that time period without being hung Pushing what I guess would be boundaries back in t day, Fleetwood didn t resign to what was expected she rode in hunts and had an air of independence about her I guess you could potentially say she was adventurous for a lady of her class in the 17th century Alice, on the other hand, lived a life of poverty, abuse and continued to be mysterious throughout As an untraditional midwife with a lot of survivals under her belt at a young age, suspicion was quickly cast her way.Hall doesn t go down the whole pointy hats and bubbling cauldrons for her witches Oh, no no no And to say I m glad is a massive understatement The witches in this book are a little true to ye olde times peaceful yet curious and in some cases a little unnerving They were after all just women helping other women to bring children into this world Now that I ve had a slight gushing session over the book, it did have a few flaws Given that the title is The Familiars, you hear very little about them If you start reading this book and don t have a clue what a familiar is, then don t expect it to ever be explained You ll probably figure it out but I just wish a little time had been spent on that Some characters felt a little weak Perhaps this was just me being an eejit but I kept forgetting which way around Richard Roger was meant to be and which one I should hate the most FYI it s Roger He s a colossal prick This is probably the only time you ll ever hear me say WHY ISN T THIS BOOK LONNNNNGER The ending is abrupt I get why, but I just wanted a little That being said, it s an excellent little read and the perfect curl up on the sofa during the winter and binge the heck out of read flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 26, 2019 Lezidezi Higgins rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways I won this book in a giveaway and was very excited to start it Once I did, I couldn t put it down I loved the fierceness of the main character Fleetwood and her ambitiousness It was a great read flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 11, 2018 Paige rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves advanced reader copies I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The Familiars is Stacey Halls debut, and she certainly doesn t disappoint It s a beautiful, spellbinding book that you will want to keep reading It s a wonderfully easy read that will slip past you incredibly quickly, as you get swept up in the story and the plot will keep you intrigued Fleetwood is a great character, at only 17 she is a devoted wife to her husband, but has enough charisma and an adventurous side that she goes I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The Familiars is Stacey Halls debut, and she certainly doesn t disappoint It s a beautiful, spellbinding book that you will want to keep reading It s a wonderfully easy read that will slip past you incredibly quickly, as you get swept up in the story and the plot will keep you intrigued Fleetwood is a great character, at only 17 she is a devoted wife to her husband, but has enough charisma and an adventurous side that she goes out riding on her own and has an independence that isn t associated with ladies of her time However, Halls has put so much research and detail into the book that it all rings true and I never questioned Fleetwoods actions Alice Grey is a witch, but she falls far into the wise woman category than you might think Halls doesn t write of scary, cauldron having witches, but far of the peaceful, helpful witches who delivered babies, cured aliments with herbs and other much magic that the people of the time would have viewed as magic There are hints of familiars and of darker magic, but none of that is explored in the book and is only either hearsay or seen in tiny moments It s a great thing as it keeps the story grounded and it becomes so much about Fleetwood and Alice s journey and friendship than the witches themselves This is a stunning book, go into it with an open heart and you ll find yourself swept away flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 18, 2018 Janine rated it liked it review of another edition I feel super lucky to have got my hands on this because it s not due out until next year Thanks bonnier zaffre for sending me the book to review.Firstly, the cover is beautiful This would have been an automatic cover buy had I seen it in the shop however I am glad I didn t cover buy this because although I enjoyed the story, it didn t satisfy me The book, set in 1612 follows 17 year old Fleetwood Shuttleworth, pregnant for the 4th time, hopeful that this time she can bring a living c I feel super lucky to have got my hands on this because it s not due out until next year Thanks bonnier zaffre for sending me the book to review.Firstly, the cover is beautiful This would have been an automatic cover buy had I seen it in the shop however I am glad I didn t cover buy this because although I enjoyed the story, it didn t satisfy me The book, set in 1612 follows 17 year old Fleetwood Shuttleworth, pregnant for the 4th time, hopeful that this time she can bring a living child into the world After finding out the she may not survive another pregnancy Fleetwood strikes up an unlikely friendship with midwife Alice Gray, who has promised to help her deliver a healthy baby and survive herself.Before Fleetwood is due to give birth, Alice finds herself being accused of witchcraft and is taken to face trial and if found guilty will be hanged Fleetwood is sure Alice is innocent and makes it her mission free Alice, even if that means going against her husband and other figures of authority in a time when women were not supported in expressing their views or being outspoken.I enjoyed the story but with the exception of Fleetwood I didn t feel I got to know any of the characters enough to care about them I cared about Alice but only because Fleetwood cared I wanted to know about Alice She didn t have much of a personality so it was difficult to like her and root for her when I felt I barely knew herThe book is set during the witch trials but aside from the fact that we know there are wise women being arrested and put on trial for witchcraft, we don t really learn anything about any of the witches or witchcraft We barely even see any of what went on at the trial And considering the book is called The Familiars, I feel like the book only very briefly touched upon the Familiars and what they are I didn t feel like the Familiars added anything to the story and could quite as easily have not been mentioned at all and it wouldn t have made any difference to the story.I sooo wanted to love this book, and it was good, I just wasn t spellbound as promised flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Kathleen rated it it was amazing review of another edition I am firmly at 4.5 stars on this one I really loved it The piece really depicted the insanity of the witch trials and really drives home that saying good men need do nothing to let evil triumph forgive the completely mangled quote but you get my point I so appreciated the MC Fleetwood She stood up for what she believed in, while living in an insufferable time period for women, never questioning herself or wavering in her conviction I thought the story line was tight and kept me very i I am firmly at 4.5 stars on this one I really loved it The piece really depicted the insanity of the witch trials and really drives home that saying good men need do nothing to let evil triumph forgive the completely mangled quote but you get my point I so appreciated the MC Fleetwood She stood up for what she believed in, while living in an insufferable time period for women, never questioning herself or wavering in her conviction I thought the story line was tight and kept me very interested, so much so I was surprised to see this was a debut author I am only holding back the last half star because I thought a bit was needed to really keep the story and the reader in the time period I would have liked to have known about the rigors of day to day life in that time period I am very, very thankful to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 29, 2018 Zoe rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, proofs and reviews Was super excited to read this and it did not disappoint A fabulous read full of magic, mystery and kickass female characters A hauntingly good book flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Luna Bookish rated it it was amazing I received this book from publisher via netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review What I LikedI would like to start off by saying, this is going to be one of these reviews where I just want to gush about a book and ramble I am going to do my absolute best and actually write a review that makes sense.The main thing I like about this historical fiction novel is the fact it doesn t just take place in the past I have read so many historical novels that just take place during a time pe I received this book from publisher via netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review What I LikedI would like to start off by saying, this is going to be one of these reviews where I just want to gush about a book and ramble I am going to do my absolute best and actually write a review that makes sense.The main thing I like about this historical fiction novel is the fact it doesn t just take place in the past I have read so many historical novels that just take place during a time period, but this novel really encapsulates the events, social order, societal expectations The author embedded characters and people who were alive during the time period and even though this is a work of fiction you can tell that she did a lot of research and in knowledgeable about this period.One part that I really like is how accurate she was when showing how women were treated during this period in time I have read a few reviews that said that the main character is meek, but I have to respectfully disagree with this During this period in time, if you were not meek and subservient as a women, SADLY, your life could be in serious danger depending on who your husband was I found that even though that this character was controlled to an extent, she was also free and really pushed the barriers A lot of women would have been deathly afraid or just did not think of doing a lot of the stuff Fleetwood has done This historical fiction novel, like I said earlier, is pretty darn accurate historical fiction Do I think this was good No, but regrettably it is a great representation.I also liked how class prejudices were lightly touched on, especially with the witch themes throughout this book I felt that this book not only was accurate, but it also tried to show how wrong these social norms were.Apart from the historical aspects of this novel, I really enjoyed the writing I sat down in 3 sittings and I flew through this It was fast paced, but did not jump in a way that made you think you missed something I also enjoyed that it did not feel like the writing was modern, it was a nice touch and really added to the atmosphere of the book I also felt genuine anger at some parts of the book and I felt myself tearing up at others I really was rooting for Fleetwood and Alice.What I Didn t LikeThe only fault I could even think about is not knowing of what happened to a particular a character.Overall ThoughtsIf you could not tell, I really enjoyed this novel I loved how period accurate it was and how the author used real names from the year that this is taking place I also enjoy how she embodied the time period, but also exposed the issues that and pointed out how unfair the system was towards particular people It is safe to say that I am preordering this novel.Thank you for listening to my gushing rambles flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Lel Budge rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley PUBLISHERS BLURB Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir When Fleetwood finds a letter she isnt supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.When she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife, Alice promises to help her give PUBLISHERS BLURB Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.When she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife, Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong When Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her But is there to Alice than meets the eye As the two women s lives become inextricably bound together, the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood s stomach continues to grow Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake Only they know the truth Only they can save each other REVIEW The Familiars is Stacey Halls first novel and I am very impressed with the beautiful, descriptive writing, which makes it very easy to get lost in its intriguing plot Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married to Richard and is pregnant for a 4th time She is an independent woman, who likes to ride and joins her husband on hunts, against the expected norms of the time Fleetwood meets a young local woman on one of her rides, Alice Grey She is a midwife and healer, which according to the time makes her a witch and as this is set near Pendle Hill there is a lot of local legends about witches here.There are no spells or creepy rituals just kind, helpful wise women who use herbal remedies to cure simple ailments and act as midwives There are mentions of witches familiars and dark magic, but it s not really a part of this story I felt it is about the relationship between Fleetwood and Alice and how women struggled so much in life where the patriarchy was so strong, yet strong women still managed to make themselves heard This is compelling, captivating historical fiction, with strong likeable female characters and a large Mastiff dog I loved it and can highly recommend it.I would like to thank the Author the Publishers NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review NetGalley TheFamiliars flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Guylou rated it really liked it review of another edition QOTD Where are you from Tell me something you like about your countryTD I am originally from the province of Qu bec in Canada I now live in the province of Ontario What I love about Canada is all the wonderful natural wonders available in each province, as well as the diversity and the friendliness of Canadians.My Review First of all, the saying Never judge a book by its cover does not apply to this novel The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and the story is as fantastic I could not put QOTD Where are you from Tell me something you like about your countryTD I am originally from the province of Qu bec in Canada I now live in the province of Ontario What I love about Canada is all the wonderful natural wonders available in each province, as well as the diversity and the friendliness of Canadians.My Review First of all, the saying Never judge a book by its cover does not apply to this novel The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and the story is as fantastic I could not put this book down This is a witch hunt in the early 16th hundreds Fleetwood Shuttleworth is a very young bride who has already lost three babies She is now pregnant for the fourth time and hires Alice Grey, a young local midwife, to help her bring this baby in the world safely and save her life in the process Alice is accused of witchcraft like most midwives and country healers were at the time and is facing death by hanging if found guilty Fleetwood believes in her innocence and will do everything she can to save Alice before it is too late.This captivating novel is beautifully written The scenery is well described and enchanting The characters are fascinating and evoke deep emotions This is Stacey Hall s first novel and it is a great one I am looking forward to reading soon.Thank you Harlequin for my advanced copy of this enchanting book The Familiars by Stacey Halls will be available at your favourite bookstore on February 19, 2019 bookstagram bookstagrammer book books booklover bookish bookreview bookdragon bookaholic reading readersofinstagram instaread ilovebooks bookaddicted bookishcanadians thefamiliars staceyhalls fiction historicalfiction historical flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Sharon rated it it was amazing Shelves england, historical fiction Fleetwood Shuttleworth is only 17 years old, but she s pregnant for the fourth time It s 1612, and her duty is to bring forth an heir for her husband When she finds a physician s letter saying that she won t survive another pregnancy, she is determined to bring her child into the world So, she consults Alice Gray, a midwife, who starts giving her herbal remedies.Soon, though, Alice is in the sights of Roger Nowell, the local magistrate because he wants to make a name for himself with King Fleetwood Shuttleworth is only 17 years old, but she s pregnant for the fourth time It s 1612, and her duty is to bring forth an heir for her husband When she finds a physician s letter saying that she won t survive another pregnancy, she is determined to bring her child into the world So, she consults Alice Gray, a midwife, who starts giving her herbal remedies.Soon, though, Alice is in the sights of Roger Nowell, the local magistrate because he wants to make a name for himself with King James, and decides that accusing various women of witchcraft is a good way to do it.This novel examines the true case of Lancashire s Pendle witches one of the best documented sets of witch trials available to historians through Fleetwood s eyes She gives voice to the rare opinion that women are being accused indiscriminately and inaccurately, even knowing that she may herself be found guilty by association.This book is impeccably researched and well written It is peopled with characters both historical and fictional, but all well fleshed out and relatable Highly recommended flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Moon rated it liked it review of another edition I had written a nice long review but somehow didn t save it So you get a concise one.Period historical setting it gets all the stars, because it was done well I reenact this period in England and have done a lot of research on how to do it properly, so in that matter, I wasn t really complaining abou it being too unrealistic or too much.However, it is a slow burn due to all the world setting and the whole showing you how both Alice s and Fleetwood s life are hard and not all t I had written a nice long review but somehow didn t save it So you get a concise one.Period historical setting it gets all the stars, because it was done well I reenact this period in England and have done a lot of research on how to do it properly, so in that matter, I wasn t really complaining abou it being too unrealistic or too much.However, it is a slow burn due to all the world setting and the whole showing you how both Alice s and Fleetwood s life are hard and not all that charming but the friendship there is awesome , and there was a tiny bit of magic that helps keep it alive, but it just wasn t as magical as I was hoping Still quite a good read, written beautifully without being too much, as I can think of other examples where this is overdone and well executed flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Maria rated it really liked it review of another edition When I first read at the summary, it intrigues me I know it will be different from the books that I usually read Then I read the excerpt from the book The first pages already captivated me, capturing me to know what is going to happen with the characters In addition, I always enjoy a first POV, allowing me to dig deeper from the main characters feelings, wondering the conflict and what will happen at the same time I feel like the writing style is also flowing Like I said, it captured me t When I first read at the summary, it intrigues me I know it will be different from the books that I usually read Then I read the excerpt from the book The first pages already captivated me, capturing me to know what is going to happen with the characters In addition, I always enjoy a first POV, allowing me to dig deeper from the main characters feelings, wondering the conflict and what will happen at the same time I feel like the writing style is also flowing Like I said, it captured me the moment I was reading it, allowing me to enjoy the story What will happen next Which character will show up So many secrets to be told and I m so sad to be left with mystery I wish I could finish it and know what s going on to share my full review flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Stacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire, as the daughter of market traders She has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and moved to London aged 21 She was media editor at The Bookseller and books editor at Stylist, and has also written for Psychologies, the Independent and Fabulous magazine, where she now works Stacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire, as the daughter of market traders She has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and moved to London aged 21 She was media editor at The Bookseller and books editor at Stylist, and has also written for Psychologies, the Independent and Fabulous magazine, where she now works as Deputy Chief Sub Editor The Familiars is her first novel


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    1. Book Reviewed by Stacey on whisperingstoriesThe 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 birth dates Fleetwood is once again pregnant and hoping to make it to full term with her child so she can give her husband an heir to carry on the Shuttleworth name Unfortunately, she comes across a letter from the local physician which was written a Book Revie [...]



    2. Solid historical fiction for readers of Jane Harris and especially Martine Bailey The language especially the dialogue, even when trying to be relatable and or coy didn t always strike me as right for the time period e.g Hot and bothered, I went downstairs and They burn witches, don t they In any case, it s a accessible take on the Pendle witches history than Jeanette Winterson s The Daylight Gate, with the added interest of a look at a young woman s real life four pregnanci Solid histo [...]


    3. If this is going to be the most spellbinding debut of 2019, I fear for the next year.Fleetwood was too weak a character, I felt She wasn t interesting enough to keep the story going I do realize that those were different times, and that women were supposed to be meek and obey their husbands But even in her thoughts she was a pushover And for someone who keeps riding all over the place to be this meek didn t sit right with me to be honest.The most interesting element of this was the witch hun If [...]


    4. As soon as I met Fleetwood Shuttleworth, I fell for her She s based on a true person this isn t a name you d easily think up but this is her fictional story Fleetwood was mistress at the grand house of Gawthorpe in 1612, the time and nearby place of the infamous Pendle witch trials The so called witches do feature here but the glory of The Familiars is its portrayal of this 17 year old girl, already on her second marriage and already pregnant for the fourth time, the previous pregnancie As soon [...]


    5. I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review Set against the frenzy of the real Pendle Hill Witch Trials, this novel explores the rights of 17th century women and raises the question Was witch hunting really women hunting Based on real history In an era where women were to be seen and not heard, Fleetwood Shuttleworth knows the women are falsely accused of witchery and goes to great lengths, even to endanger herself and unborn baby, to prevent the deaths of innocent women.3.5 I receiv [...]


    6. I read a sneak peek on Readers First and now I can t wait to get my hands on the rest of the story.The writing is lush and descriptive and I am INTRIGUED as to where the story is going to go next The writing style is very evocative and I could almost feel the threatening rain from the clouds.I love the beautiful wood engraving style illustration at the beginning.And the cover is stunning It s absolutely gorgeous and I think I could stare at it all day, picking out the little details.


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