Discover the secrets of the Sentinels…
1589. A sickness steals through the village of Orville. Young women are dying.
After losing her mother to the blight, Jessica Bell is recruited by the cantankerous Miss Isabel Hallow, who believes a cure can be found.
But when witch hunter Matthew Bone arrives in the village, Jessica’s investigation is disrupted with chilling consequences.
Witchpin is a novella set before the events of the critically acclaimed Sentinel Trilogy. It delves into the history of the Sentinels to uncover their dark secrets.
“Jessica and Isabel are two of my favourite characters. I’m so excited to be able to shed some light on their past and reveal how they became such formidable women” – Joshua Winning
What the heck is Witchpin?
It’s a novella – so roughly half the length of Sentinel – that hops back in time to reveal some of the history of Jessica Bell and Isabel Hallow. It’s basically the Rogue One of the Sentinel Trilogy. The story takes a look at witch hunting in the 1500s, and is hopefully an evocative historical fantasy that perfectly ties into the events of the other Sentinel novels.
So it’s set before the events of The Sentinel Trilogy?
Mostly! The story is bookended by chapters set in the present day. These scenes are set after book two, Ruins, but before book three, Splinter, and are intended to seamlessly tie the story to the trilogy as a whole.
Why did you want to tell Jessica’s story?
When I started writing Sentinel, I had a huge backstory planned for both Jessica and Isabel. But the more I wrote Sentinel, the more I realised that book had to be Nicholas and Sam’s story. There simply wasn’t room to cram in Jessica and Isabel’s history, too. They’re two of my favourite characters, and I’m thrilled that I’ve finally been able to tell Jessica’s story here.
Is Witchpin quite different to the other Sentinel books?
It’s set five hundred years ago, so the language is a little different. It’s still a horror-fantasy mystery, though, with some twists and turns – and hopefully a few things that’ll give you nightmares.
Are there hints about what might happen in Splinter?
Oh, yes. I love sprinkling clues all over the place, and there are plenty in Witchpin.
Will there be any other Sentinel novellas?
Woah there, I’ve only just finished this one! And yes, probably. Which characters do you want to see explored more? Let me know via the Contact page!