The Witches of Vardo

The Witches of Vardo

Hardback Published on: 05/01/2023
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The Witches of Vardo
A brilliant and captivating tale of witchcraft and resilience
The Witches of Vardø is a haunting and beautifully written novel that tells the story of three remarkable women who refuse to be silenced in a time when be... READ MORE
Mari Maldal
The Witches of Vardo
Historical Witches x
This book has some of the best and most atmospheric narration I have read in a long time. Witches, just like vampires, have grown to have a certain stereot... READ MORE
Brena  Newnham
The Witches of Vardo
Powerful, clever, and original
This book is clever, well researched, and, much like its characters, so very powerful. Featuring enemies, alliances, betrayals, moral dilemmas and a host... READ MORE


They will have justice. They will show their power. They will not burn. 'Three women's fight for survival in a time of madness' Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies Norway, 1662. A dangerous time to be a woman, when even dancing can lead to accusations of witchcraft. After recently widowed Zigri's affair with the local merchant is discovered, she is sent to the fortress at Vardø to be tried as a witch. Zigri's daughter Ingeborg sets off into the wilderness to try to bring her mother back home. Accompanying her on this quest is Maren - herself the daughter of a witch - whose wild nature and unconquerable spirit gives Ingeborg the courage to venture into the unknown, and to risk all she has to save her family. Also captive in the fortress is Anna Rhodius, once the King of Denmark's mistress, who has been sent in disgrace to the island of Vardø. What will she do - and who will she betray - to return to her privileged life at court? These Witches of Vardø are stronger than even the King. In an age weighted against them, they refuse to be victims. They will have their justice. All they need do is show their power. 'An intricately woven, timeless novel about prejudice, misogyny, freedom and the power and strength we can find within' - Christy Lefteri, author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo 'A passionate indictment of the patriarchy ... a vibrant exaltation of the resilience of women ... Anya Bergman summons a historic witch trial with breathtaking detail and immediacy' Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites 'Brilliant and powerful. Haunting and beautifully written. A complex and gripping novel reclaiming and retelling the stories of the women accused of witchcraft in Norway. Hugely atmospheric. Read it!' - Liz Hyder, author of The Gifts

  • Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781786581914
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 629g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm

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The Witches of Vardo
Heartbreaking retelling of the Vardø witch trials
The is a harrowing fictional retelling of the witch trials in Norway of 1662. The research into one villages accused is apparent right from the first chapt... READ MORE
Vix Hill
The Witches of Vardo
Not a good time to be different or not with the norm.
A small village of hard working people and 3 women thrown into a world of pain and heartache through love, relationship,lies and the devil but worse still ... READ MORE
Carolyne Ann Blair
The Witches of Vardo
A stunning weave of fact, fable and fiction.
Historical fiction and fable are weaved throughout this brilliant book, based on real events. Anna is prisoner on the island of Vardo, betrayed by husba... READ MORE
Louise Barber
The Witches of Vardo
A stunning work of historical literary fiction
My thanks to Bonnier Books U.K. Manilla Press for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘The Witches of Vardø’ by Anya Bergman. This powerful work of historical fictio... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
The Witches of Vardo
Brilliant and sometimes Brutal Historical Novel
As always, with book tours I want to say I was given access to a copy of this book to review on netgalley by Bonnier Books. My reviews are always a 100% ho... READ MORE
Siobhain (What You Tolkien About)
The Witches of Vardo
Historical Fiction Set in the Far North
This historical fiction set in the utmost north of Norway had me spellbound. The story is told by two voices, that of Anna who just arrives from Bergen, an... READ MORE
House Full of Books
The Witches of Vardo
An historical fiction inspired by true events and real people surrounding the Witch trials on the island of Vardø, Norway in 1662/1663. The story weaves t... READ MORE
Cheryl Purnell
The Witches of Vardo
Voices of persecuted women given a hearing
I've read a few books about the Pendle Witch Trials but never about the Vardo Witch Trials. It seems that no matter where you go in the world, women will b... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius
The Witches of Vardo
Atmospheric read!
Inspired by the real life events which happened during witch trials on the island of Vardø, Norway between 1662 and 1663 - this is historical fiction at it... READ MORE
Farmer Giles
The Witches of Vardo
I loved this first novel and read it as fast as I could, it was so compelling. At first I was nervous as I had really adored 'the mercies' by Kiran Millwo... READ MORE
Sally Anfilogoff
The Witches of Vardo
A compelling emotional book based on true events
This is a compelling and, at times, harrowing read made even more distressing when you realise it is based on true events. That said, it is beautifully wri... READ MORE
Angela Watt
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A wonderfully atmospheric tale , beautifully written a story of the suffering of the women of vardo in Norway cruelly accused of witchcraft by the bigoted ... READ MORE
Suzy Wilson
The Witches of Vardo
A thought provoking and empowering tale of how the patriarchy's fear of women has led to their suffering throughout history. Just as the two narrator's sto... READ MORE
Albertina Lloyd