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Review ↠ The Mercies 106 Ø 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 intoE 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

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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

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The MerciesBut 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. 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 boatsI 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 young 22 but capable and free thinking Ursa not used to this life nor her sudden marriage to a man who has been sent to weed out witchcraft Some of these women show surprising strength and work together for their survival Some as always are jealous and willing to label those who have as witches Marens sister in law now a widow with a young son is a Sami and these are people whose customs and runes are suspiciousThis book doesn't spare one in it's descriptions of the smells and sounds nor the beliefs of those in the village The tone is tense and builds as the story progresses as the danger becomes apparent Although there names may not be real what happens here is actual history as the author note explains She also explains how and why the witch trials were happening in various countries and villages A horribly tragic time and one well documented in this novel Reminiscent of the novel Burial rites but with its own character and flavorARC from Netgalley