The Witches of Vardo (Hardback)
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The Witches of Vardo (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 05/01/2023
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Waterstones Says

Two young women set out to rescue an accused witch held captive at the fortress of Vardo in Bergman's electrifying and empowering debut about the power of female solidarity.

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 breathtakingdetail and immediacy' Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

'Brilliant andpowerful. 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: 629 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A vividly written and atmospheric tale, this is a story of courage and persistence with a magical touch - Zoe West, Woman's Weekly

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Dan - Clifton, Bristol.

“A bright flame of a novel!”

Norway, 1662.
The island of Vardø.
Three women who know nothing of the other shall be forced into close proximity, all at the behest of a zealous King, unstable guards riddled with paranoia and hatred, and a place... More

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“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 " just being a woman". I am just at the end of this... More

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“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 chapter and I admire the talent of Anya Bergman's writing for... More

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