#BookBingo – Round 8

For the purposes of bingo, themes of fantasy also encompasses paranormal and gothic elements. I know many will scream nooo!!!! It’s not the same!!!! It really isn’t, but since I was at risk of blowing bingo out to an epic size, I had to stop adding categories. And paranormal didn’t make the cut as a square in its own right. With this context established, you’ll be able see how this week’s book fits in with the square I’ve allocated it to.

Themes of Fantasy:

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

‘“Fleetwood have you knowledge of familiar spirits?” I shook my head. “Then I will direct you to the book of Leviticus. In short, it’s the Devil in disguise. An instrument, if you will, to enlarge his kingdom…they can appear as anything: an animal, a child. It appears to her when she needs it to do her bidding. A familiar is the surest sign of a witch.”’

This novel had me in its thrall from the first page until the last. It is steeped in atmosphere, with vivid gothic overtones, and the writing is just sublime. Fleetwood was such a strong and worthy character, she had her flaws, and at times she drove me crazy with the risks she took, but her heart was in the right place and she acted from a deep sense of morality that was distinctly lacking in other characters. For someone so young, she really was an old soul. As much as this novel was about the witch trials, it was also about Fleetwood, transitioning from a child bride into a woman of worth. I highly recommend this novel, it’s quite outstanding.


For 2019, I’m teaming up with Mrs B’s Book Reviews and The Book Muse for an even bigger, and more challenging book bingo. We’d love to have you join us. Every second Saturday throughout 2019, we’ll post our latest round. We invite you to join in at any stage, just pop the link to your bingo posts into the comments section of our bingo posts each fortnight so we can visit you. If you’re not a blogger, feel free to just write your book titles and thoughts on the books into the comments section each fortnight, and tag us on social media if you are playing along that way.

9 thoughts on “#BookBingo – Round 8

  1. The book I chose for this square was one of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series book. It’s such a fun series, I wasn’t that keen at first but now I’m hooked. After reading The Witch of Willow Hall I’m very much interested in any type of witch story and The Familiars sounds fascinating.

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