Newcastle Witch Trials Trilogy: Book 1
Revisit a world of folklore and superstition in Helen Steadman's Solstice.
Seventeenth-century England. In a world where witches are still feared and witch trials are commonplace, Rose Driver faces a terrifying prospect: the witch hunter is back.
When a new vicar arrives to take over the parish of Mutton Clog, the village finds itself in the grip of Puritan fever, and suspicious eyes are turned on Rose. This innocent shepherdess lives in the shadow of the atrocities committed by witchfinder John Sharpe, who put her mother, brother and grandmother to death almost quarter of a century ago.
With her family gone, will Rose be able to protect herself from accusations of witchcraft? Find out in Solstice, the powerful conclusion to the trilogy.
The Newcastle Witch Trials Trilogy was inspired by the little-known 1650 witch hunt, where fifteen women and one man were executed on a single day.
Review by the Historical Novel Society