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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 The Witch Trials, The Mercies Is A Feminist Story Of Love, Evil, And Obsession, Set At The Edge Of Civilization [Download] ➼ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ➾ Ellen A. 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Them With Absalom S Iron Rule Threatening Vard S Very Existence Inspired By The Real Events Of The Vard Storm And The Witch Trials [EPUB] ✹ The Martian By Andy Weir – Mgiworx.co.uk The Mercies Is A Feminist Story Of Love Read ➳ Tarot for Magical Times Author Rachel Pollack – Mgiworx.co.uk Evil [Ebook] ➩ The Maze at Windermere By Gregory Blake Smith – Mgiworx.co.uk And Obsession ☃ Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs PDF / Epub ✑ Author Lisa Randall – Mgiworx.co.uk Set At The Edge Of Civilization 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 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 women, able to recover the bodies, must store them over the frigid winter until the frozen ground softensbutWhat caused the storm Is it the devilry of the indigenous Sami people who used charms, runes and weather weaving Maren Magnusdatter, 20 years old, had lost her father, brother Eric and her betrothed, Dag, to the storm Diinna, of Sami descent, was married to Eric Despite the press of thumb to her forehead , this did not draw a thread to reel men at sea home again based upon Sami custom.June, 1618 Kindness of neighboring villages aside, we must start to carry ourselves The ice is gone, we have the midnight suntime to fish Eight women, dressed in their dead men s sealskins and capsare consumed by their work Some of the women watch from windows and keenly from the doorway of the Kirke judging, unfavorablyKirsten Sorensdatter takes the lead by caring for and slaughtering reindeer, and by the way, wearing trousers while doing so It might seem ungodly for women to be in charge First, Pastor Kurtsson is sent to Vardo to provide continuing Christian values and additionally bring the Sami into the fold While Maren and Kirsten fish, chop wood and ready fields for planting, Kirke women hang on Pastor s every word.Changes are coming The new independence and self sufficiency of the women is suspect Interest in the pastor s message is waning Suspicion is growing Did witches wreck havoc and cause the harrowing storm To this end, a Scotsman named Absalom Cornet is appointed commissioner to Vardo His job to root out witches by the method of branding, strangling, and burning Sinister Absalom Cornet, a religious zealot who prays fervently, has no tolerance and expects subservience from all women He has brought his bride, Ursa to this harsh land Ursa, a sheltered teenager, finds a friend and confidant in Maren The friendship is unlikely, devotion to each other, beautifully portrayed The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave engendered a plethora of emotions I felt sadness, longing, isolation, love, tenderness, anger and frustration I felt as if I spent time in Vardo with both Maren and Ursa, the principal, well detailed and well written protagonists of this historical fiction tome describing the Vardo Storm of 1621 and the life changes of a group of strong willed, determined women Highly recommended.Thank you Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review The Mercies 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 world is about to be turned upside down with the arrival of Absalom Cornet, a God fearing man who has been s 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 world is about to be turned upside down with the arrival of Absalom Cornet, a God fearing man who has been summoned from his home in Scotland to bring the women of Vardo to heel, and to ensure that they too are God fearing, and worship at the local church, but primarily, unbeknownst to these women, he s also a witch finder The main protagonists are Maren, born and bred in Vardo, who lost her father and brother in the storm, and Absalom s wife Ursa, a woman of genteel breeding, born and brought up in the city of Bergen, who is trapped in a loveless arranged marriage Despite the fact that they come from completely different backgrounds, Maren and Ursa soon form a bond, and find solace in each other s company, but the whole village has much to fear where Absalom is concerned, including his wife.The writing is beautiful, often crude, echoing the privations of an impoverished community at the mercy of a ghastly climate The reader is overwhelmed by the bleak environment and the conditions it imposes Knowing The Mercies was based on the real events of the Vardo storm and the witch trials of 1621, makes it even harder to read, such is the brutality used against those accused of witchcraft, but it s hauntingly beautiful and highly recommended Thank you to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan, Picador, for my ARC for which I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange 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 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 submission.I 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 way.I 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 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 The Mercies could not bedifferent I adored this book The story, the charac 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 The Mercies could not bedifferent I adored this book The story, the characters, the pacing, the emotion Simply fantastic The book is inspired by real events and traces the events that unfolded in a small community in Norway in and after 1617 and focuses on how the people of Vard dealt with the aftermath of a terrible storm that claimed the lives of forty fishermen practically the entire community s male population Primarily, the novel follows the stories of two young women, Maren and Ursa Maren is originally from Vard and has lost both her father and brother to the storm and the man to whom she was betrothed The loss of her menfolk forced Maren to move outside the expected role of a woman in those times and particularly along with her friend Kirsten had to redraw the lines of what women could and could not do e.g take on a male role such as going out to sea fishing to provide for the community.Meanwhile in another part of Norway, Ursa is a young woman caring for her poorly sister when her father tells her that she is to be married to a man named Absalom Cornet Together with her new husband, Ursa moves to the community of Vard where Absalom has been granted the role of commissioner and is tasked with bringing religious order and righteousness to this community And what follows is a story of mistrust, fear, propaganda and bigotry as it becomes apparent that Absalom is a man keen to accuse anyone that doesn t follow his zealous beliefs a witch or somehow involved in evilness and witchcraft This was such an incredibly interesting book to read From the opening page I was immediately hooked The atmosphere that Millwood Hargrave creates in this novel is palpable There is such a delicious air of tension and an almost eerie ethereal quality to the prose When required the prose is perfectly spartan to illustrate the bleakness of the Norwegian climate and then at times it can become so wonderfully rich and deep when describing the characters emotions and motivations And the main characters of Maren and Ursa are truly beautifully written They feel so alive, so vital amidst this bleak terrain And I really did just fall in love with them both and their relationship with each other This book is so wonderfully subtle at times that it gives the story and the characters the perfect chance to really blossom as the pages go by And once the climax of the major storylines are reached it s so painfully heartbreaking that I challenge anyone not to be deeply moved by the story of these two women and the women of Vard that were so callously accused of witchcraft for simply being independent, free thinkers and or from an indigenous community This is a wonderfully written historical fiction that shines a spotlight on a less well known era of witch trials It gives such voice and agency to female characters and makes this time period and these characters truly feel alive and thusly, I am rating this four and a half stars Rounded to five An e copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Picador, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewForreviews and book related chat check out my blog

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