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The Familiars

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THE FAMILIARS A NOVEL"A beautiful tale of women, witchcraft and the fight against power."--Jessie Burton, New York Times bestselling author of The Miniaturis"The Familiars is a must-read novel."--Heather Morris, bestselling author of The Tattooist of AuschwitzIN 1612 IN LANCASTER, ENGLAND, THE HUNT FOR WITCHES IS RAMPANT...BUT IN A TIME OF SUSPICION AND ACCUSATION, TO BE A WOMAN IS THE GREATEST RISK OF ALL1612 Pendle HillYoung Fleetwood Shuttleworth is with child again. As the mistress of Gawthorpe Hall, she is anxious to provide her husband with an heir. But none of her previous pregnancies have come to term. Then she discovers a hidden letter from her physician that warns her husband that she will not survive another pregnancy.Distraught over the frightening revelation, Fleetwood wanders the woods of Pendle Hill, where she meets a young local woman named Alice Gray. A midwife, Alice promises Fleetwood she can help her deliver a healthy baby. But soon Alice is drawn into the frenzied accusations of witchcraft sweeping the countryside. Even the woodland creatures, the "familiars," are suspected of practicing the dark arts. Can Fleetwood trust that Alice is really who she says she is?As the two women's lives become intertwined, Fleetwood must risk everything to prove Alice's innocence in order to save her own unborn child. The hunt for witches reaches fever pitch. Time is running out. The trials are about to begin. Both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.Set against the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612, this rich and compelling novel draws its characters from historical figures as it explores the lives and rights of seventeenth-century women, ultimately raising the question: Is witch-hunting really just women-hunting?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 30mm | 499g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 0778369188
  • 9780778369189
  • 1,352,420

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"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
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186 ratings
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