The following is an honest review of The Familiars by Stacey Halls and my suggested age rating.
Synopsis of The Familiars
The Familiars follows its main character Fleetwood Shuttleworth. Fleetwood is pregnant….again and hopes this baby will live and provide her husband with an heir. One day she finds a letter that is hidden. She doesn’t know if her husband has seen it or not. The letter is from a doctor saying Fleetwood will not be able to survive childbirth again. Fleetwood is desperate to keep this from happening and willing to try anything. One day she meets a young girl in the woods of her estate named Alice. She learns Alice is a midwife. Even though she knows little about her, she feels Alice is the answer to delivering a live and healthy baby.
In the midst of it all, there is a group of people being accused of witchcraft. Eventually, Alice becomes one of them. Fleetwood sets out to free Alice, not just for Alice’s sake but for the safety of her unborn baby. Fleetwood learns secrets about her husband and the people around her, making her even more dependent on Alice’s freedom and friendship.
Review of The Familiars
This book was everything I hoped it would be. I love the setting/time period it takes place in. The bits of history really help set the understanding of what life was like for those accused of witchcraft in England during the 1600’s. This is the perfect book to get you in the mood for fall and witchy vibes. It is more of a historical fiction with the witchcraft elements than a scary one.
I have never read any of Stacey Halls’ other books but I enjoyed her writing style and plan on picking up more of her books soon!
I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
Age Rating for The Familiars
This book does contain talk of witchcraft, childbirth, miscarriage/still born, marital issues, and verbal abuse. I would give this book an age rating of 15+.
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