The Familiars is incredible!!!
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 more 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.
Praise About The Familiars
“The Familiars is an intricate and sensitive portrayal of a brave, tenacious young girl carving her place in the world. A must-read novel.”-Heather Morris, bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz
“Assured and alluring, this beautiful tale of women, witchcraft and the fight against power is a delight.”-Jessie Burton, New York Times bestselling author of The Miniaturist
“Enthralling, spellbinding, terrifying, full of twists and turns, written with heart and soul.”-Kate Williams, author of The Storms of War
“An intriguing story about a fascinating period of history full of brilliant female characters.”-Libby Page, author of The Lido
“Set against the furor leading up to the Pendle Witch Trials, Halls’s winning novel is a quietly powerful and richly evocative tale.”– Publishers Weekly
“Rich with intrigue and filled with details of the constraints faced by seventeenth-century women, both well born and common, The Familiars offers a look into the real-life world of the notorious Pendle witch trials that ended with 11 executions.”–Booklist
‘The lives of two young women intersect in a novel that imagines the story behind a famous 17th-century witch trial … [when] acting in socially inappropriate ways could get one condemned to hanging. A solid … historical novel.”-Kirkus Reviews
“The Familiars is spellbinding…it will suck you right into the prose and hold you there, like a witch with a powerful charm.” –All About Romance
“The new Hilary Mantel! Meticulously researched historical fiction that immerses you in a period you previously knew little about. It’s also beautifully written. The issues both characters face are really relatable, opening up the genre to those who might not think history is their bag.”-Cosmopolitan UK
About the Author
Stacey Halls was born in 1989 and grew up in Lancashire, England. She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and has worked as a journalist since the age of 21, writing for publications including The Independent, Fabulous magazine, Stylist and Psychologies. She lives in London with her husband. The Familiars is her first novel.