The King's Witches

The King's Witches

Hardback Published on: 06/06/2024
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The King's Witches
Being a fan of all things witch related I was intrigued to read this book about the North Berwick Witch trials. It is full of intrigue and gives a voice t... READ MORE
Sally Boocock
The King's Witches
Witch. The very word can strike not only fear, but also biased misunderstanding, harmful thoughts, and even darker feelings, for we have always been told e... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
The King's Witches
Absorbing, insightful historical fiction with brilliant characters
'Women whisper secrets to each other; it's how we survive.' I was drawn initially to the book for Princess Anna of Denmark and the start of King James's... READ MORE
The King's Witches
Enthralling Royal Witch Fiction
A moving and page-turning account of King James and his infamous witch fever! A very interesting story told through three overlapping female perspectives a... READ MORE
Jesse at Eastbourne


'Women whisper secrets to each other; it is how we survive.'

1589. Princess Anna of Denmark is betrothed to King James VI of Scotland. Before they can wed, Anna must pass the trial period: one year of marriage to prove herself worthy of being Scotland's new Queen. Determined to fulfil her duties to King and country, Anna resolves to be the perfect royal bride. Until she meets Lord Henry . . .

By her side is Kirsten Sorenson, her loyal and pious lady-in-waiting. But, whilst tending to Anna's every need, Kirsten has her own secret motives for the royal marriage to succeed . . .

Meanwhile, in North Berwick, young housemaid Jura practises the healing charms taught to her by her mother. When she realizes she is no longer safe, she escapes to Edinburgh, only to find herself caught up in the witchcraft mania that has gripped not just the capital, but the new queen . . .

Will Anna, Kirsten and Jura be able to save each other and, in doing so, save themselves?

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529091786
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 448g
  • Dimensions: 227 x 145 x 30 mm

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The King's Witches
Gripping historical novel
A truly beautiful, shocking and gripping retelling of this historical story based around the North Berwick witch trials of 1590. It was interesting to read... READ MORE
Julie Thomas
The King's Witches
My favourite historical fiction book of the year so far
My favourite historical fiction book of the year so far. It is truly the sign of a great writer, when you can relate to both a Scottish princess and a low... READ MORE
Joana Santos
The King's Witches
A haunting retelling
The King’s Witches by Kate Foster is set during the reign of King James VI of Scotland, retelling the North Berwick Witch Trials from the female perspectiv... READ MORE
Christine Kelly
The King's Witches
Enjoyed reading
Set in the sixteenth century Kronberg Denmark and Scotland. Princess Anna daughter of the late King Frederick of Denmark and Norway, is to be betrothed to... READ MORE
Always Happiest Reading
The King's Witches
Beautifully written and thought provoking
A beautifully written novel telling the story of the North Berwick witch trials that took place in Scotland in the 17th century. The novel is told from the... READ MORE
The King's Witches
Witchcraft paranoia reaches Scotland in this impressive historical novel
The second historical novel by Scottish author Kate Foster following her critically acclaimed “The Maiden” (2023) is an impressive work set in the late six... READ MORE
Phil Ramage
The King's Witches
Refreshing take on our devastating history.
#ad @netgalley eARC. But, I went on to buy the hardback myself! What a fabulous read.  I get it, for some, there may have been too many books on histori... READ MORE
Michelle Sichi
The King's Witches
“Women whisper secrets to each other; it is how we survive.”
Based in 1589, the story follows Princess Anna of Denmark and her maid Kirsten as she prepares to travel to wed King James I of Scotland. The horrendous se... READ MORE
Charlotte Britton-Stevens
The King's Witches
Really engrossing read
I really enjoyed "The Maiden" by Kate Foster so I was keen to support her latest work - "The King's Witches". Told from the perspectives of Anna of Denmar... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius
The King's Witches
I read an eARC of this book so thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley. Another excellent book from this author. That’s two that have been int... READ MORE
Jennifer Charlton
The King's Witches
Brilliant historical fiction
The King's Witches follows three women over the course of a couple of tumultuous years. Princess Anna of Denmark leaves her country to travel to Scotland f... READ MORE
The King's Witches
Clever feminist retelling
Anna of Denmark is to marry the King of Scotland but he is afraid of witchcraft and there have been witch burnings in her homeland. When her ship is force... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
The King's Witches
Slow paced but very good
The Kings Witches by Kate Foster takes place in the late 16th century at the beginning of the witch trials in Scotland. I have read many books on the w... READ MORE
Klaire Sinclair
The King's Witches
So gripping and emotive
The year is 1589, Denmark is trying to secure a powerful marriage for 17 year old Princess Anna. It is hoped the handfasting, a trial marriage as such, bet... READ MORE
Jennifer James
The King's Witches
A bewitching tale
“Women whisper secrets to each other; it's how we survive.” The King’s Witches is a bewitching story of duty, love, secrets, suspicion, fear and courage... READ MORE
Emma Alvey