Wise Women and Witches

The Familiars - Stacey Halls

The book is set in the early 1600s at a time of witch trials and religious intolerance. Fleetwood, a child bride, sold so her family can be supported in their twilight years, is pregnant again and is certain she will not survive this time. The story is one of female friendship and loyalty that transcend class boundaries and familial pressure. Two young women determined to save each other’s lives. Enjoyable though it was, I felt the story was stronger than the characters, and the final chapters were a let down. That said it is a worthy read that displays the complexity and strength of women.