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The Familiars Free read à PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ý 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 Ights 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 wome. 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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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 ac. ‘’Justice means fairness Luck of prejudice’’ I’ve always loved Pendle Hill and the stories of the women who were accused of witchcraft during one of the darkest moments in the history of Europe The fascinating legends found a perfect home in Jeanette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate a novel full of darkness raw beauty and folklore Stacey Hall’s The Familiars is not as vicious as Winterson’s masterpiece but it is no less poignant atmospheric and an absolutely beautiful novel fully doing justice to its dark themes of prejudice injustice and sheer violence against women Sadly these are issues that have not been extinguished in our world Centuries later we face the same dangers albeit wrapped in a different ‘’civilized’’ packagePendle Hill and Malkin Tower are in the centre of attention in Fleetwood’ household She is the young wife of a noble house her mission to produce an heir a male heir let us not forget and things have not been going well Fleetwood is with child one chance to do her ‘’duty’’ Her fortune brings her to Alive an eerie girl who seems to know nature and its gifts as well as an experienced wise woman Or as well as a witchThe witch hunt is in full swing under the reign of King James and Fleetwood has to face her husband’s wrongdoings her fear for her pregnancy and the injustice against women who know Nature better than anyone ‘’I wouldn’t wish a girl’s life on anyone’’ The Familiars are the spirits in objects and animals that act as replicas of the so called ‘’witches’’ This belief lends the name to the title of this beautiful book that seems to be perfect Indeed I couldn’t find a single feature that would have made me reconsider my rating The technical elements are brilliantly composed The era the dialogue the atmosphere of terror of suspicion and prejudice will captivate your heart from the first chapters This novel is an example of how a writer can create female protagonists that do not resemble any stereotype but are fully imagined and brought to life so realistically that the readers feel as if they’re watching actual people of flesh and blood fighting for the right to have a voice This is why I won’t tire you over technicalities What I feel the need to focus on is the exuisite treatment of the themes that make this novel such a beautiful and frightening experienceThe main theme reflected in the use of the witch hunt era as the setting is the position of women in a society that seems to take an almost orgasmic satisfaction in supporting every possible prejudice against them Men practice infidelity because it is their ‘’right’’ Women are not even allowed to choose their own midwife Pregnancy becomes an obligation Something you must do because society tells you to And if you don’t want children of your own everyone will look at you at best with apprehension and at worst with disgust I am using the Present tense intentionally because things haven’t changed much Not as long as the Trumps of the world tell us what to do with our bodies and our own choices Religion and politics have always lent themselves as culprits of irrational actions dogmas have long been used as pretexts for absolute control over the fates of women Take the ridiculous Daemonologie written by King James as an example One of the most incompetent ludicrous monarchs of Europe that led dozens of women to their deathThere are men encouraged to feel superior by oppressing women because they feared their intelligence and independence Women bow to an absurd will and condemn other women because they are influenced by uneducated priests and are envious of the women who live their lives according to their rules without needing a man and a surname to sustain them or verify their existence These issues are still relevant to our world Many men cannot recognize women’s right to euality Many women still need a man to verify their worth Flushing out certain parts of our anatomy on Instagram projecting ourselves as objects does not help This is not emancipation It is outright prostitution Let us not fear the words and speak clearlyWhat can be better than a Historical Fiction novel that prompts you to think of how universal and relevant certain issues are how vital in our daily experience This novel by Stacey Halls is like a heavy storm that has been brewing for hours Like the grey sky over Pendle Hill Like the fragile hope that comes with the arrival of a child in the world ‘’Do we not have eyes and ears like our husbands and the men who will condemn them’’ Many thanks to MIRA and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest reviewMy reviews can also 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The FamiliarsCused 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 r. There are times when I get absolutely giddy over a book that I’ve just finished so much so that I start babbling to my neighbors call up family members talk about it to strangers in stores despite their strange looks as though I’ve lost my mind That is exactly what I have found myself doing with Stacey Halls new book The FamiliarsAre you familiar with familiars Yes I know I’m part Scottish so these things are embedded into my DNA but for many I now realize they are not A familiar is an animal that is close to a witch who does certain things for the witch They can act as protectors spies a type of servant or most often a close companion If you see one you most often will see the other because they rarely are separatedFleetwood Shuttleworth is the 17 years old mistress at Gawthorpe Hall The year is 1612 and she pregnant for the fourth time The problem however is that she has yet to bring a child to term something both she and her husband are concerned about each for very different reasons By chance Fleetwood encounters a woman in the forest on her property This woman Alice Gray claims to be a midwife and promises Fleetwood that she can help her give birth to a healthy child They agree on terms and Alice is brought into Gawthorpe Hall where Fleetwood almost at once begins to feel better There are problems however King James as we all should know is on a witch hunt and his minions who wish to stay in his favor will do whatever necessary to stay in the king’s good graces including accusing innocent women of witchcraft Fleetwood has the misfortune of living near Pendle Hill and one of her husband’s dearest friends and benefactor’s is just the sort of man to gather up innocents to appease the king – and that is exactly what he does – including Alice GrayI live in a town named Pendleton settled by men originally from Pendle Hill We actually have a place called Pendle Hill in our tiny town so I have a strange slightly bizarre fascination with the Pendle witches of Lancashire When I first read about The Familiars I was led to believe that it was a witch story and somewhat cutesy That is far from the truth This is a story of the women in the surrounding village who eventually were charged with murder and witchcraft at Pendle Hill specifically Alice Gray It is the story of Alice’s friendship with Fleetwood and the extreme measures that Fleetwood took in order to save her friend It is a beautifully told story of women devotion love motherhood history and so much but it is very much rooted in historically accurate research At the heart of the tale is Fleetwood and her desire to bring her child into the world safely and alive In order to do so she truly believes she must have Alice by her side It isn’t about magic or witchcraft it is about herbs and knowledge passed down from one generation of women to the next As we learn these women were being rounded up far too often because of men who merely wanted them gone for reasons of cheating anger because the women were knowledgeable not unlike what is happening today when intelligent women are mocked in the public arena They were also being hanged because their religion no longer aligned with that of King James Then as now religion was a source of war Isn’t it amazing how absolutely nothing has changed after all of this time How we have learned nothing from the pastI absolutely loved the transformation of Fleetwood from silly frivolous socialite to the mature woman willing to fight for her child and her friend Women will do that when they have the right influences to guide them and it was beautiful to see how Alice so uiet and unassuming could give the much needed confidence to Fleetwood not with magic but through friendship and care In the end this is a novel of historical fiction and it stays true to the story Twelve women were charged with witchcraft some were hanged one landed in stocks for a fortnight and one is released This is a wonderful imagining of their story one that I highly recommendThank you to #Netgalley #Harleuin Mira and #StacyHalls for my advanced copy of #TheFamiliars