Accusations, disputes and injustice.
The Revels takes readers through Nicholas Pearce’s eyes as he accompanies Judge William Percival, an infamous former witch-hunter. Little does Will know that Nicholas can hear the dead sing, some are words that seem like their last words, or how they died and the way it’s written is so beautifully in my opinion.
Which brings me to Stacey and her incredible talent of writing in a way to draw readers into her book. From the very moment you’re introduced to Nicholas and the world he’s in, the trial of Lady Katherine, to his relationship with characters like Will, you’re lured into the witch trials and can follow along very easily from how Stacey writes The Revels.
I was surprised at the story being written from a male perspective but I quite enjoyed it as Nicholas despite his abilities, is quite empathetic, thoughtful and stands up for the innocence of another character, Althamia (which is a beautiful name, I must say).
In 2023, it’s one of the best debut books this year and I highly recommend The Revels for the people who love the witch trial era and historical dramas.
For the first time, I’m adding a spiced yet sweet snack to be paired with this book – Spiced Jumbles as recommended by the author. Spiced Jumbles are a type of sugar cookie or biscuit popular in the 17th and 18th centuries which works well since The Revels is set in 1645. Today’s recipe is from Elmet Archaeology with aniseed and mixed spice, they are classic English (or Tudor) biscuits shaped like a knot or Gimmel rings as they were known.