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The Mercies
The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
"Every once in a while, a modern day parable, perfectly told, reflects all that could happen in a world gone mad."-Adriana Trigiani Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Magnusdatter 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 Arctic 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 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 1621 witch trials, The Mercies is a story of love, evil, and obsession, set at the edge of civilization.
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Amiable
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Third book completed off my #AuldLangSpine list from @Deblovestoread . It was a bit of a strange read for me—I enjoyed it while I was reading it but was never in a hurry to pick it back up again after I put it down. I did appreciate the historical aspects that drove me to Google to discover what really happened with the witch trials in Finnmark in 1617-1619.

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When I read the blurb for this I knew it would be right up my street. It did not disappoint! I was hooked from the beginning, a beautifully written story of some incredible women. What more could you want?
#pick #themercies #love

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PurpleyPumpkin
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And that‘s a wrap for my 2022 reading year! It was a great year of reading with The Mercies being the standout. Looking forward to more great reads in 2023!
(December 31, 2022)

ShelleyBooksie That's a cool way to narrow it down! 1mo
Deblovestoread Such a great book. It made my #Top22of22. 1mo
AlaMich That‘s really nifty! 1mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @ShelleyBooksie @AlaMich First year I tried this book/reading bracket and I think I‘ll do it again! It was fun reviewing my reads of the year. 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Deblovestoread 👍🏽It really was a fantastic book. 1mo
ShelleyBooksie How did you narrow it.down to 2 books per month? 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin @ShelleyBooksie I picked my favourite book each month and then picked my favourite between two months and narrowed it down that way. I have to say that it could have been tricky picking just one fav each month. But, it ended up being easier than I anticipated! 1mo
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Deblovestoread
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#12Booksof2022. Loved this book about a small village and the women who became integral to its survival. After reading her newest The Dance Tree she is an auto buy author for me. #12daysofChristmas

Andrew65 Second person already to post this book. 1mo
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Librarybelle
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For February‘s #12BooksOf2022 , this is a definite standout - atmospheric historical fiction that really reminded me of Hannah Kent‘s Burial Rites, which is one of my favorite books. Witch hunts and superstitions and religion and the patriarchy…what could be better? Based on a true story too.

RebelReader Ooohh that sounds so good and I loved Burial Rites too! 1mo
Andrew65 Sounds superb. 1mo
Magslhalliday I really enjoyed it too. 1mo
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Librarybelle @RebelReader @Andrew65 Definitely a worthy read! 1mo
Librarybelle @Magslhalliday I love reading historical fiction like this! 1mo
TheBookHippie I enjoyed this! 1mo
Librarybelle @TheBookHippie It made me look into more of the history. So sad! 1mo
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle I did that too, and I so agree. Broke my heart. 1mo
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Smarkies
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Very lyrical writing but it was a little too slow for me. I may not have been able to get through it if it was not my option for #aboutanonpatriarchalsociety for #booked2022

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Chelsea.Poole
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1600s remote Norway where inhabitants rely on the sea. The men of the village are shipwrecked and the women are left to carry on without husbands, brothers, fathers. They are doing fine until an outsider comes to their shores and begins accusing women of witchcraft. I liked the story but I listened to the audiobook which matched the tone of the book, but a bit flat.
completes my 1st #booked reading challenge! #booked2023 #nonpatriarchalsociety

Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen @alisiakae @BarbaraTheBibliophage -- thanks for hosting! Looking forward to next year :) 2mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Congrats 🎊🍾🎈 and we now have the link up to enter the 4th quarter drawing : Here's the short URL to the form: https://forms.gle/sMyR1gVJciu1HqkA9 2mo
Cinfhen Also I love your tree 🌲 ♥️ 2mo
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Megabooks
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This is an interesting novel, but I didn‘t enjoy the #audiobook narration. It was too monotone for me. However, this finishes both #pop22 and #booked2022! 🎉🎉

In the 1600s, a ship carrying all the men in a small northern Norwegian village capsizes, leaving the women to build a #NonPatriarchalSociety. But trouble comes when King James I sends a minister to oversee the women and they don‘t want him there.

Librarybelle I really enjoyed this one! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Woot!! 🥳🥳 I need to finish our Google form for the last drawing of 2022!! 2mo
Cinfhen Woohoo-!!!! Congrats on completing #Booked2022 & #Pop22 🎉🎊🎉🎊 2mo
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squirrelbrain Yay for finishing double challenges on a #doubledip! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
BarbaraBB Great achievement 🙌🏽 2mo
KarenUK Woo hoo!!! 2mo
Megabooks @Librarybelle the plot was excellent! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage yay! Excited to enter! 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @KarenUK it was an epic #doubledip to finish two great challenges! I‘ve loved playing along with y‘all on pop the last two years. 💜💜 2mo
BarbaraBB And we‘re still waiting for the next one!! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I know right?! 2mo
jenniferw88 Comes out 1st December (this Thursday) 2mo
Megabooks @jenniferw88 thanks for the heads up!! @BarbaraBB see what Jenny said! 👍🏻👍🏻 (edited) 2mo
Deblovestoread Congrats on finishing both challenges 🎉 2mo
Cortg Rockstar ⭐️ I wasn‘t a big fan of this read and also did the audio, so maybe it was one for the print? Either way, CONGRATS! 2mo
Reggie This book was so frustrating. They were doing so well on their own. 2mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 Wow, I didn‘t know! Thanks! 2mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! December 1!!! Can‘t wait- how are you feeling @jenniferw88 ??? 2mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen in general, or about the challenge 😂? In general, very well, but excited about the challenge to see how many #doubledips (or more) I can do! 2mo
Cinfhen Well both @jenniferw88 but I remember you mentioned you had an appointment regarding your heart ♥️ 2mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen 😊😂😂😂 no results yet, but they didn't keep me in so that's a good sign (this particular hospital is very 'bolts and braces' - they like to cover all angles), so think they'd have said something then if it didn't look right. 2mo
Cinfhen Oh good @jenniferw88 🥰😘 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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This was quite an interesting read about the which hunting taking place in 17th century Norway. Set on the small island of Varsø, where a sudden storm has wiped out the entire male population, women rule. One day a new Commissioner arrives with his wife. While she takes to the women of the island, his mission is to find out what caused that storm that took all the men.
Thanks for sending this one to me Cindy ??

#pop22 #aboutwitches

TrishB There is an Amazon parcel on its way for your b. Day. It will hopefully be next week😁 4mo
Cinfhen Look who‘s driving 💕💕😊Glad you liked this one 😘 4mo
Cortg Yay! Glad you liked it 😊 4mo
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squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed it! 4mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Thank you so much! Your birthday is first and a parcel it on its way to you too 😀😘 4mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Sharp eye, her first time! I did like it! Thanks again 😘 4mo
TrishB Thank you 😘 I was trying to be organised! 4mo
Megabooks Look at R all grown up and driving! 💜💜 this book is still on my TBR. 4mo
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kierstenkaplan
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This book is based off in Norway in 1617. I thought this book had great and detailed descriptions. It was hard to understand for me what exactly was going on but I think I made my own inferences while reading.

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kierstenkaplan
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I thought this book has great descriptions that were easy to understand.

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“The boats are loosely pegged out against it by their two small lights, bow and aft, barely flickering”

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Apolandvery
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“as she watches, a final flash of lighting illuminates the hatefully still sea, and from its blackness rise oars and rudders and a full mast with gently stowed sails, like underwater forests uprooted.”

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Apolandvery
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The Mercies is a great book that takes the reader on a journey of love, obsession, and evil. I think this is a must read for older grades.

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Apolandvery
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The Mercies by Koran Millwood Hargrave( 2020) is a book about a twenty year old who lost her brother and father in storm, along with many others. Three years later someone arrives who she becomes drawn too. This book was also inspired by real events. This book is about love, evil, and obsession.

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And then maybe both of them are screaming but there is no sound save the sea and the sky and all the boat lights swallowed and the boats flashing and the boats spinning, the boats flying, turning, gone

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emmadomo
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Powerful

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emmadomo
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This book is about a devastating storm that wipes out Maren‘s father and brother out at sea. Maren stands on the coast and watches it all happen before her eyes. Maren and the rest of the widowed women become independent and strong. The commissioner does not like what he sees

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Emitalski
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“Maren‘a ears ring with silence.”

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Emitalski
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I really like how this story takes the true events of Norway and paints an imaginative story to captivate readers of all ages.

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Emitalski
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This book was published in 2019 and is a book about 20 year old Maren. The details of this story captivate you and place you in Finnmark, Norway in 1617. The words describe the setting with such detail. This is a story about tragedy and how people may come together to stand for themselves in a time of need.

BarbaraBB I am reading this one now too! 4mo
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Itchyfeetreader
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How lucky have I been thank you so much @Cupcake12 this is a perfect package for me! I also wanted to thank and @Avanders for setting this up. It was my first swap in ages.

Avanders 🍂🍁♥️🫶🏽 5mo
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Cortg
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Also #Booked2022 ~ Non-Patriarchal society

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Cortg
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I was super excited to read this story based on the historical events of the Vardo storm and the 1620 witch trials. Unfortunately, I found it somewhat dull. I loved that it was set in Norway on an island where the men were killed at sea during a storm and the women were living on their own until a witch hunter is sent. I‘m using it for #pop22 ~ a book set in a no patriarchal society.

Megabooks I‘m thinking about using this book as well, but I‘ve been hesitant. 5mo
BarbaraBB I have been planning to read this one for the witches prompt. Or isn‘t it about witches?? 5mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB Yes, it is about witches as well and will work for the prompt! 5mo
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Cortg @Megabooks This is a tough prompt for me in the challenge. I found the premise of the book to be fascinating, I just didn‘t love the follow through. Her writing didn‘t do it for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
squirrelbrain I really liked this one @Megabooks @BarbaraBB - it‘s kind of ‘slow‘ but that am be a good thing. I‘m sorry you didn‘t like it so much Cortney. 5mo
Cinfhen I enjoyed this one and her newest book but I can see how her writing might not appeal to everyone. She has a very distinct style- strong character development and sense of setting but little action. I think you‘d both like it if you lower expectations @Megabooks @BarbaraBB and now it‘s a slow paced read 5mo
Cortg @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen I‘m glad you enjoyed it! I‘m surprised I didn‘t like it more because slow reads and strong characters/development are my jam. I did do the audio, so maybe that was my problem? In any case, I‘m off to my next read and wishing everyone a lovely weekend 😀 5mo
Cinfhen It‘s true, sometimes print works better than audio and sometimes a book just isn‘t the right fit 🤷🏼‍♀️Have a wonderful weekend- what ya reading next!??? 5mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I am sure I‘ll like it if you did. And you sent it to me, I am looking forward to it and have it lined up soon! 5mo
Cortg @Cinfhen I‘m @ 1/3 of the way through Crying in H Mart for book club and starting the tagged book in audio recommended by my dental hygienist‘s son 😂 5mo
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Coffeymuse
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I can't...I just can't. This books moves slow like molasses in January and I just don't want to read anymore of it. I'm at the point where I'm reading maybe 20 pages over lunch and don't want to pick it up after hours.
This was for a Booked2022 prompt and the third book I've attempted for “non-patriarchal society“. So I put a hold on Stephen King's “Night Shift“ and going to count “Children of the Corn“ as a fulfillment of that prompt.

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Coffeymuse
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“The Mercies“ is taking longer than expected to finish. I didn't read this weekend cause I couldn't get into it. Which is funny because I want to know what happens. So this will be my lunch book this week and hopefully I'll get it done in time to dip into “Ramona Blue.“
#WeeklyForecast #BookReport

Cinfhen Mercies is great for a lunch book dip ❣️ 6mo
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Thank you so much @sprainedbrain for this fantastic #spookysummerswap package! This book sounds so interesting! I love the holographic moon phase bookmark and always love anything related to my astrological sign ♒️

April, as usual, had to inspect #catsoflitsy

sprainedbrain Yay! I really liked this book, and when I saw it on your tbr thought it would be perfect. Hope you enjoy! 7mo
shortsarahrose @sprainedbrain this book was definitely a #blameitonlitsy addition to my wishlist 7mo
shortsarahrose Thanks @paperwitchs for hosting! 7mo
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Magslhalliday
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Not to be confused with her kids books as contains graphic violence and sexual assault. The village of women are fine by themselves, until the witchfinder comes.

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A historical fiction about a small community devastated by a natural disaster that killed most of the men in the village. As the women come together to deal with their collective grief and find ways to survive their harsh environment the outside world begins to take notice…and everything “unnatural” for women to do is suddenly a sign of witchcraft. Beautifully written and I couldn‘t help but relate to a time when rumors & hearsay can carry much⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ↪️ much more weight than truth & facts and that the results can mean life or death….and how impossible it can be to disprove a falsehood to a true believer. (edited) 10mo
Itchyfeetreader Wonderful review - really makes me@want to read 10mo
TheBookHippie I read this with FOODANDLIT NORWAY last year. I really enjoyed it. 10mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Itchyfeetreader If you like audiobooks, the narrator did a really good job with it too. 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TheBookHippie I‘m late as usual 😂… but I get there eventually. 😉 10mo
TheBookHippie @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 😅 That is usually me… 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my nightstand! 10mo
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I liked this, but didn't love it. While it was atmospheric and the remote setting was like its own character, ultimately I wanted a little more than what we got. When the village's men are taken by the sea, the women must step up to ensure their people can carry on living. Add to it men who just can't imagine women will do just fine on their own and considering those with different customs as witches, well...it all makes me a little stabby. ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick As you would expect from a society without many men of a marriageable age, there is a little bit of sapphic love here.

What I learned: That Salem, MA wasn't the only place where witches were hunted. I don't know why I assumed it was just a puritanical USA-thing.

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Cinfhen Well played and excellent review 10mo
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Cinfhen And awesome color match!!! 10mo
Librarybelle So many prompts completed for this one! I‘m glad this gave you the nudge to read it! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 10mo
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Deblovestoread
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#2022 reading bracket I decided I need to separate fiction from nonfiction because I couldn‘t decide between How the Word is Passed and The Mercies. I‘m not sure I read enough nonfiction to make it interesting but we‘ll see as we go along.

mrsmarch I was waffling on The Mercies, but the fact you liked it is encouraging me. 🤔 11mo
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Deblovestoread
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#FebruaryBookSpin #Wrapup.

16 books finished including my BookSpin and Doublespin books

5🌟
Tagged
Sense & Sensibility
Watership Down

4.5 🌟
We Begin at the End
Thunderhead

4🌟
Cassandra at the Wedding
Razorblade Tears
The Art of Theft
Murder on Astor Place
She Who Became the Sun

Except for The Wife Upstairs at 2🌟 the rest were 3 or 3.5🌟

Looking forward to tomorrow morning and March‘s numbers.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 11mo
Jari-chan The cat sticker is so cute! 😻 11mo
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Librarybelle
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Time for the #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead discussion! I have 7 questions under the spoiler tag - you can find them in my feed, in the book‘s feed, or by searching the group‘s hashtag.

This book brought up so many emotions for me, and I had no clue about the Scotland-Norway relations in the 17th century (and earlier).

Please feel free to comment anything else about the book (and use the spoiler tag if necessary). #LiteraeyCrew #BuddyRead

Thanks!!

Librarybelle If I did not tag you but you wish to join the discussion, please feel free! And, if I should have tagged you, I apologize - completely my error! If you would like tagged in next month‘s posts and did not comment on my post yet for the following book, just comment on that post, and I‘ll include you 😁: (edited) 11mo
megnews This was an excellent choice for buddy read. I‘m hoping to read along with China Dolls. 11mo
julieclair I did not get a chance to read this in February, but I really want to read it. Thanks for putting the questions behind the spoiler tag, so I don't inadvertently run across them! 😳 Very much looking forward to reading China Dolls with you all in March. 😃 11mo
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Jerdencon I really liked this book....
Excited for China Dolls!
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Jerdencon So I went to add China Dolls to my goodreads and I had already read it! Finished it in Nov 2014! And I gave it 4 stars - once I read the blurb it came back to me. I may just skim it again so I can join the discussion! 11mo
Librarybelle Sounds great, @Jerdencon ! That would be awesome if you join the discussion! 11mo
Librarybelle Hooray, @julieclair and @megnews ! I‘m excited for this one too! 11mo
CarolineLovesToRead Life took over my February and I‘m still finishing this book. Hope to be done by tomorrow 11mo
kspenmoll Sorry I did not get to this! 😞 11mo
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Librarybelle
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7. What are your thoughts on Absalom, Ursa‘s husband? He receives notice from his prior involvement in witch trials in Scotland. Why do you think he would choose to live in a place like Vardo, very far away from Scotland? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews I think he‘s an awful human. I think he went for 2 reasons. 1. He went where he could gain a reputation for what he‘d been found as “good” at, witch hunting. 2, I think he got a perverse pleasure out of that power and wanted more of that feeling. 11mo
Jerdencon He was power hungry and convinced himself he was doing the right thing - and that he was helping people but really only helping himself. 11mo
CBee Pardon my French, but that man was a piece of shit. Twisted sense of justice and sort of a sociopath too. (edited) 11mo
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CoverToCoverGirl I agree with ⬆️⬆️⬆️ @CBee @Jerdencon @megnews 11mo
Librarybelle He gave me the creeps! And, such a horrible man shrouded by his “piety”…🙄 @megnews @Jerdencon @CBee @CoverToCoverGirl 11mo
CBee @Librarybelle I can‘t stand when anyone uses religion to excuse bad behavior. Ugh. 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly I didn‘t think he knew what he was getting into with the location! Or maybe he just didn‘t see fit to share it with Ursa because he‘s a power-hungry creep 😡 11mo
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6. As a tie in to the last question, religion and custom does play a role in the book, especially with the Sami people (Diina among them) who made Vardo and the surrounding area their home. Here is more info on the Sami people of Norway: https://nordnorge.com/en/tema/the-sami-are-the-indigenous-people-of-the-north/

Any thoughts to share on Diina and the treatment she received from the women and her mother-in-law?

#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews It‘s not surprising for the times. (It‘s not even that surprising for today.) What was slightly surprising was the fact it seemed she‘d been accepted to some degree due to her marriage but with her husband gone, that connection seemed to quickly dry up. I was severely aggravated with the mother in law. Shame on her! How awful. 11mo
CBee The mother in law was a nightmare! It comes down to (for me) differences between people - how people who are different are so often misunderstood. That includes people from different religious or cultural backgrounds…. 11mo
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5. There are so many theories as to why groups of people begin accusing others of witchcraft. What do you think ultimately led women such as Toril to accuse others? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews I think these boil down to power trips. I see the mention of jealousy in the book and that might be how the victims are chosen and also because they stand out somehow as different, even if in the smallest way. But I think it becomes a mob mentality and power trip that spirals out of control. 11mo
Jerdencon I agree with @megnews - it is a mob mentality. People feel they are doing the right thing and get power from it. 11mo
CBee And religion played a big part, I think. That in itself becomes a mentality where anyone who doesn‘t quite believe what you do is in the wrong. Another example of how religion can turn neighbors against neighbors, etc. Despite it claiming to be about love. Kind of the same today but maybe not always as extreme. 11mo
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Librarybelle I agree with all of you, @megnews @Jerdencon @CBee ! There are similar books that have that religion power struggle and the consequences that arise when citizens kind of take on vigilantism. It was just sad for me to see the way these women turned on one another when they really had to rely on each other to survive. 11mo
CBee @Librarybelle it‘s like the opposite of girl power. Women turning against women when they need each other the most 🙁 Probably another reason Maren and Ursa gravitated together. 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin I felt that a lot of this had to do with jealousy, envy, and the desire for power. The two women who were accused both had something more than the others. One had the largest house in the village. The other was exceedingly independent. I think that scared her accusers and when they found a chance to punish them, they did just that. Fear also played a prominent role. 11mo
TEArificbooks I was also thinking it was an accuse or be accused situation. If you don‘t cry witch, then someone will do it to you. It was about survival. And I also think witch hunts were about destabilizing the society the women built. The society were the women were equal to men and the women proved they don‘t need men. That scared the men and they had to end it so the witch hunt was the most convenient way to cause the division. 11mo
Deblovestoread I agree with @mdm139 accuse or be accused and also the women had the audacity to figure out to survive without the men. Totally unnatural. 11mo
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4. How does the atmosphere, the scenery and sense of place, play a role in the book? (I could feel the dampness, the cold, the starkness lingering on me as I read this) #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews The setting was almost a character and I love books like that. I could feel all those things as well. It felt dark every time I read it. 11mo
Jerdencon I could also...I could feel the cold - it was definitely atmsopheric. 11mo
CBee Felt the exact same. I love when an author can turn the setting of a book into a “character.” She wrote the landscape/climate so well! 11mo
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CoverToCoverGirl Very stark and inhospitable. 11mo
Deblovestoread The harsh landscape was fully realized in this book. I loved it! 11mo
Librarybelle I seem to be drawn to dark and stark and inhospitable landscapes in books…not sure why! @megnews @Jerdencon @CBee @CoverToCoverGirl @Kdgordon88 11mo
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3. What do you think happens to Maren at the end of the book? Does she escape? What do you think will happen to Ursa? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews I wish I knew! This one left it so up in the air. I‘d like to think positively but I fear Maren could be caught and tried. I fear the same for Ursa. I‘d like to think of Ursa finding Diina but the possibility seems slim. I‘d like to think of Ursa back with her family. 11mo
Jerdencon I am hopeful that Maren and Diina found safety but don't know.
I'm guessing Ursa found her way back to family.

I doubt there will be a sequel but I wanted to know more!
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CBee I‘m going to think positive and say that Maren escaped, and Ursa went back to her family. I‘d also like to think that they find each other again somehow ♥️ 11mo
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Librarybelle That would be awesome if they found each other again, @CBee ! It‘s my hope that they both escaped. @megnews @Jerdencon 11mo
CBee @Librarybelle I‘m going to think they did because it makes me happy - they both deserved a happy ending! 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly I imagine that Maren found Diinna and relative safety, though it would be hard for her to live with the Sámi. I‘m not so sure about Ursa. She is a lot farther from her family. It depends on how convincingly she could act out surprise and sorrow at her husband‘s death 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin At first, I imagined that Maren escaped and Ursa was reunited with her family. And I hoped that one day they would find each other again. But, after reading some reviews upon finishing the book, I realized that there was a possibility that Maren committed suicide. I sincerely hope not! 11mo
Deblovestoread I‘m with @Cbee! I‘m choosing the happy ending in my head for this one. 11mo
CBee @Kdgordon88 ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 11mo
Librarybelle I had thought of that scenario for Maren as well, @PurpleyPumpkin , but I agree that hopefully all turned out well! @Kdgordon88 11mo
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2. Maren and Ursa come from very different worlds, and yet create a bond. What do you think drew them together? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Jerdencon I think their loneliness drew them together....they were both so isolated and found someone to hold onto. 11mo
CBee Agree ⬆️ Loneliness. They‘d both “lost” sisters and found that in each other, then it became so much more ♥️ 11mo
Librarybelle @Jerdencon @CBee I thought loneliness as well - they both came from sorrowful situations and found solace with each other. 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin Yes, loneliness. And isolation. Even though they both lived with others and were a part of the community, they both seemed isolated from others. And then they found each other. 11mo
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1. Info on Memorial dedicated to the victims of the witch hunt in Vardo: https://nordnorge.com/en/artikkel/the-witch-monument-in-vardo-is-in-memory-of-th...

Had you heard of this witch hunt prior to reading the book?

#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

sprainedbrain I had not heard of this specific hunt prior to this book… that memorial is so striking! Thanks for sharing the article. 11mo
megnews I‘d never heard about it before. I agree with @sprainedbrain the memorial is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. 11mo
CBee I‘d never heard about it either and did some reading on it after I read the book. I knew about the widespread witch trials, but not this particular one. Poor souls were damned even before they were tried, executed for no reason 🙁 (edited) 11mo
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Jerdencon No - had no idea. So crazy how the same ideas were shared throughout the world even without modern communications. 11mo
CoverToCoverGirl No, I was completely unaware. 11mo
Librarybelle @sprainedbrain @megnews @CBee @Jerdencon @CoverToCoverGirl I was completely unaware as well! I guess knowing how wide spread the witch hunts were in the world, it‘s not too surprising. When I was looking for some historical supplements for the questions, I came across the information on the memorial. Incredible! 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly No, I‘d never heard of this particular witch hunt! But there were so many, all across Europe… 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin I was completely unaware of this piece of history! This book got me looking into this further. 11mo
Deblovestoread Sorry I‘m so late. Long day yesterday! I had not heard of this piece of the witch trial history. Thanks for sharing this article. 11mo
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Librarybelle
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Oh how I loved this one! I totally agree with @Cinfhen ‘s review that this has Burial Rites vibes - it has an isolated atmosphere with dark undertones. And the writing style is brilliant. Full of storms and witches and women struggling to make it on their own in early 1600s Norway, this novel captured my interest right away. I just had to finish it this morning (and household chores can wait!). #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle My #2020 choice for #19822022 11mo
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Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly I definitely agree with Burial Rites vibes! 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage This was such a good one!! 11mo
KristiAhlers I agree with everything you said! Yes, this book actually landed on my keeper shelf! So freaking good! 11mo
Cinfhen This really was a great read!! 11mo
kspenmoll Sounds like I need to get to this eventually. Wonderful review! 11mo
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megnews
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This is a historical novel on a real event I‘d never heard about. It‘s very atmospheric, opening with a bang. My only complaint was it came to a close very quickly after all the build up. It never ceases to amaze me how people were so completely fooled and horrible in regards to these witchcraft trials. Great pick for #LiteraryCrew!

KristiAhlers Wasn‘t it so good! I really enjoyed this one! 11mo
Librarybelle I‘m nearly finished and am loving it! You‘re right - very atmospheric! 11mo
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Starting this month‘s #20in4 #readathon by continuing to read this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead . I‘m entranced by this and absolutely hate having to put it down for IRL distractions (work, chores…you get the idea!).

I‘m hoping to hit 20 hours over the next several days, ticking more off of my tbr stack. Incidentally, I read over 17 hours out of the 20 hours I had hoped to read for #FabulousFebruary , which I forgot the post earlier!

Librarybelle #Zeke and #SebastianKitty are cheering me on for this early morning reading session. #catsoflitsy 11mo
KellyK Such sweet cheerleaders! ❤️ 11mo
Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😊👍 11mo
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Best book I have read this year so far. Well written and character driven. A storm kills all the able-bodied men from a small fishing village. The women left behind roll up their sleeves and do the “mens work” to feed themselves and their children. Then the witch hunters arrive… #19822022 2019 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle We‘ll be discussing this at the end of the month for #LiteraryCrew …feel free to join the discussion! 12mo
CoverToCoverGirl Great review! 12mo
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Donna1980
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The imagery in this book is so vivid, it felt like I was there. Definitely a book that will sit with me for some time to come. After a horrific storm, wipes out the island of Vardo‘s men, the women left behind have to learn how to survive. The storm however is to be only the beginning of the troubles these women come to endure. Based on actual historical events the depiction of the witch trials during this time is chilling and heartbreaking.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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I greatly enjoyed the lovely, atmospheric writing, the setting in a place and time I didn‘t know or think much about, and the sweet, delicately balanced sapphic relationship. However, in the end it fell a bit flat for me due to the lack of plot. There is a plot, actually, but it feels sort of beside the point.

Librarybelle Thanks for joining this month! 12mo
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Deblovestoread
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#BookReport

To Paradise 3🌟 ALL will stay with me forever, this one will not
Letter to My Daughter 4🌟 #AAM Might have had more impact if I were younger #DoubleSpin
Broken Horses 3.5 🌟
The Mercies 5🌟 There‘s something about these harsh landscapes that appeal to me. Looking forward to our discussion. #Booked2022

#WeeklyForecast

Enjoying Astor Place. She Who Became the Sun is from my #NYWD list. Not sure what I think about Whereabouts.

Cinfhen Loved the setting for Mercies too!! (edited) 12mo
thewallflower0707 The Mercies was amazing. The author has another cool historical fiction book out soon! 12mo
Deblovestoread Thanks for the heads up @thewallflower0707 I will definitely want to read it! 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
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I got about 40 pages into this one and knew it was not the right book for the right time, which surprised me! #LiteraryCrew @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Sorry! Thanks for trying this and for joining in! 12mo
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KristiAhlers
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OMG! This is a dark book…BUT SOOOOO GOOD! I immediately connected with Maren and Ursa. The storyline as I said is dark and it will definitely make you think which is always a sign of a good book. It‘s a super compelling read. All the stars for this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BuddyRead #LiteraryCrew @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Yay! So glad you liked it! 12mo
KristiAhlers @Librarybelle it was really good. Book hangover good. 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin Yes, I felt exactly the same! Definitely all the stars. 🙌🏽 12mo
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