Witherstone Paperback – 20 Sep 2011
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Witherstone is the story of a girl trying to get her family back.
“Witherstone is a really outstanding read – good old-fashioned storytelling, in the very best sense; engaging and gripping as only the most skilfull writing can be.”
Gordon Askew, Education Advisor.
In Witherstone, Hephzibah Creswell discovers that she and her family have a mysterious and deadly enemy. When the Plague sweeps through her village, 'Eppie' tries to save her sister’s life, but her actions unleash devastating consequences for her whole family.
A sinister and gripping tale of mysterious enemies with murderous intentions, Witherstone is set in the years following the English Civil Wars in a society riddled with social inequality, religious turmoil and fears of witchcraft. And where a girl is fighting to save her family.
The first in a trilogy, Witherstone is available in paperback, and for Kindle and iPad.
Witherstone is crossover fiction, enthralling younger and older readers alike.
The second book in the series, The Hunt Begins, is available in paperback and for Kindle from September 2012.
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Forced to earn their living by the sweat of their brows, Eppie and her family exist in awe of the Church and the wealthy land-owners who exploit them.
In an age of superstition, Eppie's grandmother, who knows something of herbal lore, and guards a tantalising secret, courts constant peril.In her grand-daughter, she recognizes similar, intuitive skills which some might consider witchcraft--but she must encourage the girl to use them to save the family.
When plague threatens the life of Eppie's younger sister, Grandma sends Eppie into the 'wild wood' to seek the help of an ancient 'wise-woman', even though this quest leads her into terrible danger and puts her whole family's lives at risk.
Brunning's vivid prose draws the reader into the narrative. I particularly enjoyed Eppie's meeting with the 'witch' and her familiar. Although I'd have liked more sense of the historical period at the beginning of the novel, the creation of the woodland quickly made up for any shortcomings. Here Brunning excels, building up an atmosphere of menace, and using unique imagery to immerse the reader into a fascinating, natural world. It is this which lingers in the memory long after the book is finished.
This is an excellent, old-fashioned adventure story--and I'm already keen to read the sequel!
read for younger readers, I devoured it in a day and can't recommend it highly
enough to older children, young adults and adults who like a mixture of witchcraft and mystery in their historical fiction.
Having read the book myself, I bought it for a teenage friend and continue to recommend it heartily to everyone who will listen. Am I becoming a Witherstone bore?