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The Witches of Vardo
- Narrated by: Sofia Engstrand
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'Three women's fight for survival in a time of madness' Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies.
They will have justice. They will show their power. They will not burn.
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.
"A triumph. Brilliant, brutal, captivating, heartstopping, heart-wrenching, and with the best kick-ass feminist female characters ever. I adored it!" (Sinéad Moriarty)
"An intricately woven, timeless novel about prejudice, misogyny, freedom and the power and strength we can find within." (Christy Lefteri)
"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)
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- Amazon Customer
Captivating and bewitching in every detail
I have always had a pull towards the history of the witch trials all across the world. I originally bought this book in physical copy because I saw it by chance and was overwhelmed with a desire to purchase it. I have Norwegian ancestry and have a deep love for herbs and their uses. I empathise deeply with what women went through in these times. It is an deep felt story of fear, persecution and cruelty but also of strength, bravery and the stoic resilience of these women, they were treated as though they were evil by those that were truly evil in their hearts. I hope those which this story took inspiration from rest in peace.
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- Ben Moorhouse
Colourful and captivating
To know this story is based on real events in history is shocking and yet it paints such a vivid picture of events in this period that it is quite unbelievable and magical at the same time. It is an empowering tale that leaves me feeling that there is a littlest bit of Witchery in us all, caring, thoughtful, insightful and resourceful.
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- Maria stern
Engaging, smart, exciting, layered, thoughtful, and timely. I listened for hours at a stretch. A disturbing yet hopeful book.