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Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Autor(a) de The Mercies

14+ Works 2,503 Membros 94 Críticas

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Obras por Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Mercies (2020) 1,040 exemplares
The Girl of Ink & Stars (2016) 488 exemplares
The Deathless Girls (2019) 274 exemplares
The Dance Tree: A Novel (2022) 197 exemplares
The Way Past Winter (2018) 136 exemplares
Julia and the Shark (2021) 98 exemplares
A Secret of Birds & Bone (2020) 45 exemplares
In the Shadow of the Wolf Queen (2023) 32 exemplares
Leila and the Blue Fox (2022) 30 exemplares
Last March (2012) 2 exemplares

Associated Works

The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands (2018) — Contribuidor — 417 exemplares
The Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights (2021) — Contribuidor — 201 exemplares
The Winter Spirits: Ghostly Tales for Festive Nights (2023) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares


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Data de nascimento
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England, UK
Local de nascimento
London, England, UK



This is very depressing book, from which comes maybe good but depressing advice. When you're being burned at the stake, breathe deep. It's better to die of smoke inhalation than by burning. So, a word to the wise witches among us. When I finished the book, my first thought was, why do we need to read this stuff? It's about The Witchcraft Trials of Vardø in the early 17th century. What we learn from the book is that proud supporters of the patriarchy who enjoy dominating and damaging women get great joy from dominating and damaging women. What a shock. Trump supporters only wish they had the same freedom of their compatriots in the 17th century.… (mais)
Citizenjoyce | 50 outras críticas | May 8, 2024 |
A young adult book that has enough of a story for adults to enjoy, with a story complex enough to stretch younger readers. The book’s beautifully presented with maps and patterned pages. The world building here stands out, though there’s something vaporous about the overall plot and some of the action sequences, which may confuse a younger audience. Even I found a couple of sequences difficult to picture; with all the drops off ledges, I expected broken bones. Although characters get hurt, they seem to have miraculous escapes. Still, there’s something charming and magical about this story. The young female lead shows more than her share of bravery, as do her young friends. I’m left wanting a grumpy old chicken.… (mais)
SharonMariaBidwell | 16 outras críticas | Apr 12, 2024 |
4.25 stars. this is excellent. hargrave really manages to put the reader in this bleak and cold and barren landscape, and to feel the tension and pull of the sea and the community and the disparate belief systems, to smell the salt on the air and really be in this place. she conjures a fiction for the place and the people that began the witch trials of the 1600s in the furthest north of norway. and she does it in such a compelling and beautiful way, even while just about every aspect of this story is hard to read about.

i thought the sexual relationship between maren and ursa felt pretty extraneous until the very end, and i'm not sure the book is stronger for it. but i also liked this so much that i don't think i care. but the very very end - what happened? did maren step off into the sea or into her future? I thought she was going to escape but the writing made it sound like she walked into the water at the end. i don't think she'd do that. i liked learning a bit about the sami and this place and time period. what a hard living they had there, and what a shock it must have been to arrive there from cities of the day.

"Grief cannot feed you, though it fills you."

"She does not send her mind flying away. She is only her body, and Maren's hand upon her, and in her, and she could weep with the kindness of it, the ache of it. She did not know, she thinks; she did not know it could be like this."
… (mais)
overlycriticalelisa | 50 outras críticas | Apr 6, 2024 |
I really liked this book. It's historical fiction, read for the lesbian book group. (the Lesbian contact is there, but light.) It is set in a fishing village in Finnmark, Norway in 1617, where two young women, Maren and Ursa meet. A freak storm drowns almost all of the villages men, including Maren's father, brother and fiancee. Hargrave really sets the stage, a bleak landscape and a hard life. We also learn about Maren's sister-in-law, Diinna, who is Sami; and a little about the relationships between the Sami and the Norwegian.

Unfortunately this is just before the Norwegian witch trials. The king sends a commisioner, Absalom Cornet; who has a record of "successful" witch-hunting. Cornet brings with him his new, young and pretty, Norwegian wife, Ursa, who befriends Maren.

Most of the book is pretty traumatic, actually, because the witch hunts were awful. But I couldn't put the book down.

Here's a passage:

“The day is impossibly bright: the sort of crystalline clarity that comes when winter still sits in the air. They have already entered at the narrow mouth of the fjord, and the cliffs rise sheerly either side, a clean hundred feet, the black rock raked with lines of lighter grey. The sea is green and glitters with chips of ice, and as soon as the wind bites at her face and brings up its blood, chilling her lungs, she feels better than she has since she left home."
… (mais)
banjo123 | 50 outras críticas | Apr 6, 2024 |



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