The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave audiobook

The Mercies

By Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Read by Jessie Buckley

Little, Brown & Company, Little, Brown, Hachette Book Group 9780316529259
11.11 Hours Unabridged
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After the men in an Arctic Norwegian town are wiped out, the women must survive a sinister threat in this "perfectly told" 1600s parable of "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 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. 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 Vardø's very existence. Inspired by the real events of the Vardø 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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An Amazon Best Book of the Month

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After the men in an Arctic Norwegian town are wiped out, the women must survive a sinister threat in this "perfectly told" 1600s parable of "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 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. 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 Vardø's very existence.

Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1621 witch trials, The Mercies is a story of love, evil, and obsession, set at the edge of civilization.


Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A beautifully rendered portrait of a community, a landscape, and a relationship. I read it with equal parts hope and dread.” Tracy Chevalier, New York Times bestselling author
“A novel for our times with artistry and skill. Maren’s story is powerful, at turns, it is disturbing, and ultimately illuminating. You will ponder it long after you finish this magnificent work.” Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author
“This one has all the most delicious ingredients—witches, the Arctic, and the disappearance of men…Millwood Hargrave’s story turns on an unlikely female friendship forged in the icy climate of a witch trial.” Glamour
“In clean, gripping sentences the author is wonderfully tuned to the ways and gestures of a seemingly taciturn people…This chilling tale of religious persecution is served up with a feminist bite.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Author Bio: Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 11.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English