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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. 3 stars Apparently inspired by true events to an extent although one can easily guess there was a certain amount of reality to it Not just in the way that women were treated but the overall sense of bleakness and eerie feeling that was constant throughout I am conflicted when it comes to this book I read it a couple of weeks ago and I thought I d think on it for a while because I felt like I was supposed to like it I had a few issues with it but the biggest one was the fact that I just didn t like the writing style This is a purely subjective observation and I m sure as I ve noticed from other reviews that no one or maybe very few people would cite that as a complaint against this book For me the writing has to connect me to the place and people that inhabit that place but here it just annoyed the heck out of me it kept pushing me out of the moment I would have to stop and be frustrated For someone who absolutely loves lyrical over the top sentimental and sometimes difficult uniue writing styles okay that s basically almost every type of writing as long as it s good I was uite shocked that I truly hated it and it mentally exhausted me because I had to force myself to disregard it in favour of the story itself I guess it just wasn t for me and to be honest I forced myself to read this to the end because the story and the characters were actually interesting and I really wanted to know where it would all lead By the time I reached the end of the book I would retract my observation about the characters or the story I mean sure for a feminist historical novel it did all the right things and told a good story but I just didn t connect with it Intellectually I am interested in the subject but again subjectively speaking this didn t make me care feel be curios or anything that remotely resembles interest I believe this is a case of me not the book I m only half lying when I say that D Just to end things on a informative note this novel did a good job at describing the setting the village the everyday chores at the time basically it did put you in the 1600 s Scandinavia not that I have anything to compare it to but it felt authentic so that s a pro Another thing I liked was the friendship between Ursa and Maren which gives perspective to the story But neither of those things were enough to make me love or like this It gets 3 stars because even though I didn t like it I can recognise that it s not a story that deserves a lower rating either

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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. 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 saddleso 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 book nonetheless female fronted historical fiction that reminded me of the novels of jessie burton in its similarly strong character development its attention to detail and its perspective of women in a historical context and a time periodsetting that hasn t already been done to death can we agree that we neverever need to publish another WWII novel The Mercies is based on the real true events which occurred in 1617 in a fishing village located on one of norway s tiny islands when a sudden freak storm came saw and conuered assaulting the fishing boats that were just heading out with the majority of the village s menfolk on board killing forty men in a matter of minutes this brief storm reduced the island s population dramatically leaving behind only the women and girls the very young boys and elderly men to survive in an unforgiving climate whose livelihood had depended on their fishermen it was also a time where political power used religious devotion as a tool to get rid of undesirables you know that one time in history the island s women have very little opportunity for grieving their husbands and sons when their bodies wash ashore they are collected and stored until the ground becomes soft enough to allow for their burial and in the absence of able bodied men some of the women defy convention and take on the necessary task of fishing to prevent their people starving to death theirs is a village that has been long isolated from the greater world and has for the most part maintained a perfunctory relationship with religion although some are devout than others the island s kirke is as much a town hall for the community to gather as it is a sacred place and the region s indigenous sami people have contributed their own rituals to the fabric of the village one of these women has even married into the community a woman named diinna made a widow by the storm whose family s cultural influence has long been a part of life on the islandHer father is a noaidi a shaman of good standing Before the kirke was fully established their neighbor Baar Ragnvalsson and many other men went to him for charms against bad weather They had stopped lately with new laws brought in to ban such things but still Maren sees the small bone figures that the Sami say will protect against bad luck on most doorsteps Pastor Gursson always turned a blind eye though Toril and her ilk urged him to come down harder on such practicesafter the storm in the absence of male influence or supervision the women step up to fill the void capable independent unbound by conventional roles and duties one woman even going so far as to wear her late husband s trousers his TROUSERSthe women are adjusting and getting by just fine on their own until the arrival of absalom cornet a scottish commissioner and witch hunter with him is his new wife ursa a young woman accustomed to city life luxurious surroundings and servants unprepared both for the barebones living conditions of the island and the homemaking duties of a wife cornet has been summoned by king s orders to restore godliness to the island and is horrified by the presence of runes and other evidence of heathen savagery he encounters before long some of the devout women flutter under his masculine authority relieved and reassured by a man s presence and to ingratiate themselves with him they begin to denounce their less conventional neighbors in the way of all of history s witch hunting situations unlike salem where the accused were hung or smooshed by rocks here they burn witches alive and HOOO the witch burning scene in this book is particularly horrifying the story is carried by maren who has lost her own betrothed in the storm and ursa two unlikely women thrown together by circumstance forming an unexpectedly close and very dangerous bondthis is hargrave s adult debut and it s an impressive one the descriptions were strong and reminded me of Tidelands the similarly situatedthemed witch series opener by philippa gregory a hardscrabble existence on a bleak and tiny island where nature is unforgiving and women are at the mercy of powerful men and the gossip of bored or resentful neighbors women whose reputations could be destroyed with a word or a suspicion unlike gregory s novel this one has merits apart from the descriptive finesse most notably in the character development ursa is especially well written a woman wrenched away from her home and her beloved chronically ill sister into a marriage arranged out of financial necessity the culture shock of moving from comfortable although faded opulence to severe privation the psychological shock of going from being a pampered daughter to becoming the wife of a man of deep religious conviction who is proud and ambitious but without any gentleness to him he has no understanding of how to treat a lady unless it s a witch he s burning and the wedding night seuence is excruciating to read although her long wait for him to come to their room is a beautifully written scene of nervous expectation ripe with foreshadowingShe removes the chamber pot from sight slides the warming pan from one side of the bed to the other There are pale stains on the mattress and the straw has broken through in places She can t face the greying pillow and so wraps her old nightdress about itShe lies ever so carefully makes sure her hair is about her shoulders the way Agnete told her makes it look like she lies in a field of shining yellow wheat Lamplight comes irregularly from the dock and through the wooden walls she hears coarse voices speaking English and Norwegian and French and other languages she can t recognizeBeneath is all sits a creaking sound like their stair at home or Father s knees when he sits For a long while she can t place it and wonders if it is inside her own mind But then she realizes it is the ice relocking about the shipsmaren is also a very strong character although island born and bred she feels compassion and patience for ursa than many of her neighbors ursa stands out a pretty flower in a stark landscape and maren is drawn to her helping ease her transition to island living soon understanding that ursa s domestic helplessness is circumstantial not a result of laziness and that her life and her marriage are not as pleasant as one might expect learning how much she has sacrificed down to the most essential part of her identity because they will use his customs for naming she is Mistress Absalom Cornet Herself lost inside his name this is a gorgeous piece of feminist historical fiction full of female awakening and empowerment despite the high cost of independence and there is beautiful and subtle perspective writing as the two women see in each other a reflected kindred spirit and become to each other than they could ever have foreseen it s not out for a while but it s worth waiting for like this review TIL or back in october IL that lapps is apparently an offensive term SPOOKYMONTH WINDS DOWNi have no expectations of this actually being a horror novel but i won it thru the gr giveaways and it has been patiently waiting for me to finish my horror only october readings so in these last few days of shocktober witches not horror but maybe gentle alarm come to my blog

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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

  • Hardcover
  • 336
  • The Mercies
  • Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  • English
  • 07 October 2019
  • 9780316529259

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 and The Way Past Winter Blackwell's Children's Book of the



10 thoughts on “The Mercies

  1. says:

    Vardo Norway Christmas Eve 1617 a remote northern settlement where a storm of unusually immense and vicious propo

  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 ou

  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

  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 from the mainland the wom

  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 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

  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’back in the reviewing saddleso 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

  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 B

  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 reality to it Not just in the way that women were treated but the overall sense of bleakness and eerie feeling that was constant throughout I am conflicted when it comes to this book I read it a couple of weeks ago and I thought

  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 the tiny village of Vardo in northern Norway in 1617This horrific t

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