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E rocks below With the menfolk wiped out the women of the tiny Northern town of Vardø must fend for themselves Three years later a sinister figure arrives Absalom Cornet comes from Scotland where he burned witches in the northern isles He brings with him his young Norwegian wife Ursa who is both heady with her husband's authority and terrified by it In Vardø and in Maren Ursa sees something she has never seen before independent women. Based on real events THE MERCIES is a riveting book about what powerful men back in the 1600 s would do to uiet independent women Set in the remote town of Vardo in Northern Norway a storm hits while all 40 men in the village perish while fishing The women must fend for themselves to survive in the harsh environment Some women look at the storm suspiciously while others prove their strength by setting out to feed the community This is an era of male domination A self righteous zealot with a history of burning witches is brought in from Scotland Along the way he picks up a young wife whom he has never met and brings her to this bleak landscapeThis is the story of that gentle wife and the friendship she develops It s about the tragic circumstances that come to Vardo in the form of a religious fanatic and the superstition and jealousy of some of the women It s about love hate betrayal evil and self sacrificeTHE MERCIES plays on many of our emotions from anger to a feeling of foreboding and the loss of those that are good It is a stunning and beautifully written book45 stars out of 5

Summary The Mercies

The Mercies

After a storm has killed off all the island's men two women in a 1600s Norwegian coastal village struggle to survive against both natural forces and the men who have been sent to rid the community of alleged witchcraftFinnmark Norway 1617 Twenty year old Maren Bergensdatter stands on the craggy coast watching the sea break into a sudden and reckless storm Forty fishermen including her brother and father are drowned and left broken on th. Reading this novel was like a feast to me For one thing the setting and all details included in this book are splendid Scenery clothes food or architectural descriptions are splendidly researched and woven into the plot It is 1617 and a most terrifying storm that caims the lives of forty men begins what turns out to be a harrowing period for the women who are left behind in a small fishing village of Vardo in the north of Norway and who can either try to survive by setting their own ways or who may perish due to the lack of fish fur or grain Choosing survival paradoxically brings about damnation upon the bravest of them all Kirsten Those were the days of new laws introduced by King Christian following strict Cavinist rules days of witch hunting in the tradition set by James I days of fear of the unknown days of rooting out thousand year old traditions of the indigenous inhabitants days of the male domination and female submissionI found this novel totally unputdownable with the stories of Kirsten Maren and Ursa and with the depictions of the landscape and harsh lives in those days While reading I was no longer in my sofa I was out there with Ursa attending to her suffering sister with her on the ship in the kirk of Vardo and on the cliff looking out for the whale which comes to Maren in her dreams I believe it is a genuine gift on the part of the author to write in such a wayI definitely recommend The Mercies as it is historical fiction in every aspect and will send chills down your spines One of the best HF I have read in years

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But Absalom sees only a place untouched by God and flooded with a mighty evil As Maren and Ursa are pushed together and are drawn to one another in ways that surprise them both the island begins to close in on them with Absalom's iron rule threatening Vardø's very existence Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1620 witch trials The Mercies is a feminist story of love evil and obsession set at the edge of civilization. The Mercies is inspired by the real events of the Vardo Storm and the 1621 Witch Trials on the Norwegian Island of Vardo A Beautifully written and vivid story I was swept up in the storytelling of Kiran Millwood Hargrave and the plight of the people left behind after the storm A vivid and compelling plot with ingesting and believable characters make this such a compelling story On Christmas Eve in 1617 the sea round the remote Norwegian Island of Vardo is thrown into a reckless strom As Maren Magnusdatter watches forty fisherman including her father and brother are lost to the waves the menfolk wiped out in an instant Vardo is now a place of women Eighteen months later Absalom Cornet is summoned to the Island and his control and suspicions of witchcraft bring a new kind of terror to the Island This a beautifully imagined piece of historical fiction taking a little known event and creating and imagining a story that was touching and a memorable read The cruelties of the times are well depicted and for the last 50 pages of the novel I was totally engorssed and memorised by the story and really didnt want this one to end I am so happy I purchased a hard copy of this one as its a lovely addition for my real life book shelf I think readers who have enjoyed novels like or will enjoy this one too


10 thoughts on “The Mercies

  1. says:

    Vardo Norway Christmas Eve 1617 a remote northern settlement where a storm of unusually immense and vicious proportions completely wipes out the menfolk in this small fishing community leaving the womenfolk bereft and without the means to provide for themselvesEighteen months later the women have become adept at catching fish and are finally able to look after themselves but their world is about to be turned upside down with the

  2. says:

    Reading this novel was like a feast to me For one thing the setting and all details included in this book are splendid Scenery clothes food or architectural descriptions are splendidly researched and woven into the plot It is 1617 and a most terrifying storm that caims the lives of forty men begins what turns o

  3. says:

    'The Mercies' is Kiran Millwood Hargrave's first adult fiction novel having previously written both middle grade and YA novels I had previously read her book 'The Island at the End of Everything' and while I admired her writing in that I was not wholly convinced as the narrative felt too simplistic; a finding I put down to

  4. says:

    ''The storm comes in like a finger snap That's how they'll speak in the months and years after when it stops being only an ache behind their eyes and crushing at the base of their throats When it finally fits into stories Ev

  5. says:

    Based on real events THE MERCIES is a riveting book about what powerful men back in the 1600’s would do to uiet independ

  6. says:

    NOW AVAILABLE’I remember once when runes gave you comfort when sailors came to my father to cast bones and tell them of their time left to come They are a language Maren Just because you do not speak it doesn’t make it devilry

  7. says:

    The Mercies is inspired by the real events of the Vardo Storm and the 1621 Witch Trials on the Norwegian Island of Vardo A Beautifully written and vivid story I was swept up in the storytelling of Kiran Millwood Hargrave

  8. says:

    Finmark Norway 1617 in the fishing town of Vardo a storm sweeps in causing the deaths of forty men All the names left are the elderly the very young and the village cleric Now the women must fend for themselves which presents a huge problem W

  9. says:

    3 stars Apparently inspired by true events to an extent although one can easily guess there was a certain amount of reali

  10. says:

    Based on a horrific true story of witchcraft deaths in NorwayThe Mercies starts with a catastrophe the deaths of 40 fishermen in a sea storm off

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