This is historical fiction at its very best, taking what is known and filling in the gaps in the record with plausible fiction. The story follows the life of Jane Southworth from her childhood to the Lancaster Assizes in 1612 where she was tried for witchcraft as one of the Samlesbury witches. It also touches on the Pendle witches who were tried at the same assizes. The author displays a thorough knowledge of the period and an understanding of the myriad factors, political and personal, which provoked witch trials in this period.
The prose is fluid and poetic, rich in detail and entirely lacking in any sense that the reader is being treated to a history lesson. The language used also manages to create a clear sense that this is a different time and place without sounding antiquated. Jane emerges as an engaging and thoroughly understandable character yet still a woman of her time. A detailed review can be found here.