Title: The Daylight Gate
Author: Jeanette Winterson
Publication Date: September 2012
Source: Bought Copy
Good Friday, 1612. Pendle Hill, Lancashire.
A mysterious gathering of thirteen people is interrupted by local magistrate, Roger Nowell. Is this a witches' Sabbat?
notorious Lancashire witches are already in Lancaster Castle waiting
trial. Why is the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter defending them? And
why is she among the group of thirteen on Pendle Hill?
a starved, abused child lurks. And a Jesuit priest and former Gunpowder
plotter, recently returned from France, is widely rumoured to be
heading for Lancashire. But who will offer him sanctuary? And how
quickly can he be caught?
This is the reign of James I, a
Protestant King with an obsession: to rid his realm of twin evils,
witchcraft and Catholicism, at any price... (Goodreads Synopsis)
The Daylight Gate is an intriguing short read that blends history with fiction. Despite its short length, the characters are still distinguishable and interesting, if not always very likeable or sympathetic. This book blurs genres a little, being historical one moment, paranormal the next, and even venturing into horror. But all this is accomplished with Winterson's accustomed ease.
As always her prose is sparse yet still engaging and descriptive, and all in all the novella is a pleasure to read.
If you like witches and magic and a little doom and gloom, then The Daylight Gate will be right up your street.