Mark Twain wrote: Many a notorious coward, many a chicken-hearted poltroon, coarse, brutal, degraded, has made his dying speech without a quaver in his voice and been swung into eternity with what looked like the calmest fortitude.

Book Review

by Helen Steadman

#2 in Widdershins

Category:  Historical Fiction

Average Rating:  4.0

Sunwise is the sequel to Helen Steadman's best-selling novel, Widdershins. Both novels were inspired by the Newcastle witch trials, where 16 people were hanged. Despite resulting in the largest mass execution of witches on a single day in England, these trials are not widely known about.

Sunwise continues the story of women's struggle for survival in a hostile and superstitious world. Spurred on by the successful execution of 17 proven witches, the witchfinder travels north to Berwick, where he continues his quest to rid the world of evil. But will he hoodwink the Berwick authorities as easily as those in Newcastle?

Sunwise begins after the Newcastle witch trials as Jane Chandler's lover, Tom Verger, returns from the navy to find her unhappily married to his betrayer. Jane is caught in an impossible situation. Still reeling from the loss of her mother at the hands of the witchfinder, Jane has no choice but to continue her dangerous work as a healer while keeping her young daughter safe. As Tom seeks a way for him and Jane to be together, the Scottish witchfinder is still at large. Filled with vengeance, John Sharpe will stop at nothing in his sworn mission to free the world from the scourge of witchcraft.


[2021-09-14 23:40:01]

Rating:  4

This book picks up where Widdershins left off and brings the story to a bittersweet conclusion. I would have appreciated an epilogue, but this is a reasonable place to end the story.

The narration by Christine Mackie is consistent with her performance of the previous audiobook. I expect that I'll remember this story for quite some time.

Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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