The Mercies

The Mercies

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 08/07/2021
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Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2021

On Christmas Eve, 1617, the sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardo is thrown into a reckless storm. As Maren Magnusdatter watches, forty fishermen, including her father and brother, are lost to the waves, the menfolk of Vardo wiped out in an instant.

Now the women must fend for themselves.

Eighteen months later, a sinister figure arrives. Summoned from Scotland to take control of a place at the edge of the civilized world, Absalom Cornet knows what he needs to do to bring the women of Vardo to heel. With him travels his young wife, Ursa. In Vardo, and in Maren, Ursa finds something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place untouched by God and flooded with a mighty and terrible evil, one he must root out at all costs.

Inspired by the real events of the Vardo storm and the 1621 witch trials, Kiran Millwood Hargrave's The Mercies is a story about how suspicion can twist its way through a community, and a love that may prove as dangerous as it is powerful.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529075076
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 258g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 21 mm

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The Mercies
i loved it!
I love how the author sets up the first half of the book only for the second half to kick of a high stake scenario. My only problem is that the wlw couple ... READ MORE
The Mercies
The Mercies takes us back to a small Norwegian island in the 1600s, where one day a storm descends, massacring all the men in an moment. Under the rule of ... READ MORE
Katie Walters
The Mercies
Not for me
Let me begin by disclosing, I don't like books about the witch trails. It's a topic that gets very much under my skin, and so that was against The Mercies ... READ MORE
Elizabeth (Llandudno)
The Mercies
A heart breaking tale of love, jealousy and lies.
I haven’t read a book like this in a long time. The story was captivating from the first chapter. The book is well written to which you actually feel the l... READ MORE
Amy  Draganic
The Mercies
Boring and unoriginal
I don't understand the rave reviews for this one. There are a few pretty passages here and there, sure, but nothing innovative, and it definitely doesn't m... READ MORE
The Mercies
Impressive and moving.
There are enough reviews for this book already, so I'll just say I found it extremely well written, perfectly paced to keep the reader involved, and ultima... READ MORE
Andrew Hammond
The Mercies
Hauntingly Beautiful
In this horitical novel, Kiran Millwood Hargrave brings to life a desolate island in the north of Norway. Her weaving of Norwegian into the text is masterf... READ MORE
Katrine Solvaag
The Mercies
Truly immersive. The characters, the setting, it all becomes alive; reading felt like traveling to another place and time. You could almost feel the salt s... READ MORE
Lucy  Fox