The main character is an independent young woman who has spent most of her life taking care of herself and hiding her special abilities. She is smart, brave and caring, while still being realistically vulnerable and growing up emotionally. I’m the author but several Amazon reviews refer to her as a strong character. :)
The protagonists are female. Griselda and her three enchanting daughters confront their arch enemy, Matthew, the witch-finder. Even Beryl, a lowly cleaner and subplot character, achieves success – of a sort. Not mention the philosophical Rita rat, the literally open-minded rodent. While all the characters are flawed, they win out through sheer determination.
Fusty Luggs, definition: A beastly, sluttish woman ;-)