When Jane’s lover, Tom, 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 witch-finder John Sharpe, Jane has no choice but to continue her dangerous work as a healer while keeping her young daughter safe.
But, as Tom searches for a way for him and Jan
Sunwise is the sequel to Widdershins, which I read almost exactly two years ago. I loved both books but I gotta say I think I liked this sequel a little bit more. It's always great when a sequel trumps the first ...more
Having so enjoyed the fabulous Widdershins by Helen Steadman, I knew I was in for a treat with Sunwise and I wasn’t disappointed. There’s a glorious and frequently harrowing intensity to Helen Steadman’s narrative style, coupled with a vibrant historical accuracy that hypnotises the reader and transports them to a world of superstition, tradition, religion and persecution. I cannot begin to express just how authentically acc ...more
Just like Widdershins, the narrative voices i ...more
Jane should be happy with her life now that John Sharpe ...more
Last year I read Widdershins by Helen Steadman, coincidentally whilst we were on holiday in Northumberland where the book is set. I said at that time that if I hadn't known there was a sequel I would have been screaming out 'noooo' as it ended on such a cliffhanger.
Sunwise is that sequel and it picks up where Widdershins left off. I do think it's ne ...more
I was really looking forward to this after having really enjoyed Widdershins. I actually requested my library buy it in so I could read it. Whilst I enjoyed it, I didn't enjoy it as much as the first in the series. I found some of John's dialogue repetitive in places, and I'm not sure how this would read if you hadn't read Widdershins, as the first book provides background and build up to as why John is the way he is. I was routing for Jane and Tom all the way through Sunwise, and I can't hel ...more
A captivating sequel to Widdershins.. you can tell the incredible amount of research that has been done in order to recreate the terrifying times of women had to endure during the witch hunts of England and Scotland.. Helen has done it again. I can’t wait for her next novel!
John is obsessed with revenge and is determined to rid England of witchcraft. He is a disturbed character who despises women, because he cannot control his feelings of attraction or lust and in consequence he tries to get ...more
Despite the Newcastle witch trials being the largest mass execution of witches on a single da ...more