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The Mercies After a storm has killed off all the island s men, two women in a s 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,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 the rocks below With the menfolk wiped out, the women of the tiny Northern town of Vard 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 Vard , and in Maren, Ursa sees something she has never seen before independent women 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 Vard s very existence Inspired by the real events of the Vard storm and thewitch trials, The Mercies is a feminist story of love, evil, and obsession, set at the edge of civilization


About the Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award winning poet, playwright, and novelist Her books include the bestselling winner of the British Book Awards Children s Book of the Year and the Waterstones Children s Book Prize 2017 The Girl of Ink Stars, and Costa Book Awards and Blue Peter Awards shortlisted The Island at the End of Everything, andThe Way Past Winter , Blackwell s Children s Book of the Year 2018 Her debut YA novelThe Deathless Girlswas published in 2019, and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize Her debut book for adults,The Mercies , debuted as The Times number 1 bestseller, and at number 5 in the Sunday Times Bestseller Charts Writing for the New York Times Book Review, Emily Barton called it among the best novels I ve read in years.She is represented by Hellie Ogden UK and Kirby Kim US at Janklow Nesbit Kiran lives in Oxford with her husband, artist Tom de Freston, and their cat, Luna.



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 themselves.Eighteen months later, the women have become adept at catching fish and are finally able to look after themselves, but their


  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 out to be a harrowing period for the women who are left behind in a small fishing vil


  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 the age category for which the book was primarily written for.However, my experience with


  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 Even then, it doesn t tell how it actually was There are ways words fall down they give shape too easily, carelessly And there was no grace, no ease to what Maren saw Norway, 17th century Isolated


  5. 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 back in the reviewing saddle.so, no as i anticipated, this was not scary enough to be a true october is spoooooky read, and reviewing it in december feels even less spooky, but it is an excellent bo


  6. 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 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 Norw


  7. 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 Women are not supposed to wear pants not rushing boats.I finished this book a few days ago and it hasn t left my thoughts The atmosphere is so immersive, the characters so well drawn Maren is a you


  8. says:

    Based on real events, THE MERCIES is a riveting book about what powerful men back in the 1600 s would do to quiet 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 ma


  9. says:

    Based on a horrific true story of witchcraft deaths in FinlandThe Mercies starts with a catastrophe, the deaths of 40 fishermen in a sea storm off the tiny village of Vardo in northern Finland in 1617.This horrific, treacherous storm killed all the able bodied adult men of the town in one fell swoop.The women and children are left bereft How are they to eat, to live, without their men In tandem with the Vardo story is one of a young girl who is given in marri


  10. says:

    Christmas Eve, 1617 the storm comes in like a finger snapthe sea and sky clashing like a mountain splittingAll about her, other mothers, sisters, daughters are throwing themselves at the weathera final flash of lightning illuminates the hatefully still seaof their men, there is no signPapa used to say that the sea was the shape of their lives They have always lived by its gracebut the storm has made it an enemy.All forty fishermen were killed in the Vardo Storm The w


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