Here is my review of The Leviathan by Rosie Andrews a historical fiction in the time of witchfinders on the background of political turmoil in 1643.
Thomas Threadwater returns home in 1643 after fighting in the English Civil war to find his father is dying and his sister embroiled in witch trial after she accuses their servant of being a witch. Thomas is a rational man, expecting to find a logical explanation but something ancient is awakening and he must stop it.
The writing in this book is beautiful and wonderfully atmospheric with lots of rich detail. The story is split over two timelines- one in 1643 and one in early next century when Thomas is an old man. The two timelines converge neatly together at the end. There are a few surprises as the story progresses but no real shocks. Thomas is the main point of character and drives the plot.
The fantasy elements are barely present, and the focus is on the relationships between Thomas,the people he cares about and his need to do right by them no matter the cost to himself.
This is a book that many will love and enjoy especially fans of The Binding.
I received a copy for an honest and unbiased opinion
4 stars.I didn’t love this book as much as I thought I would, but think so many other readers will and recommend this for anyone who loves a beautifully written character driven story.