The Witches

ORIGINAL TITLE: Häxorna

NUMBER OF PAGES: 380

AUTHOR: Elisabeth Östnäs

ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Bokförlaget Forum

GENRE: Current Books, Fiction

The year is 1710. The small village in the south of Sweden is threatened by famine and the plague is closing in on the villagers. Young Isabella is struggling with her deceased mother’s legacy: a rumored case of witchery. After her passing, the clergy keeps a close eye on the rest of the family. Isabella’s aunt is a known healer, but she herself is instead a firm believer in logic and medicine. However, logic can’t explain what happens during the Midsummer dance, where she has a vision of a man – invisible to everyone else.

When soldiers arrive at the village, that very man is one of them. Suddenly, everything Isabella though she knew is completely overthrown. She understands she has a gift; as dangerous as it is useful. Death and disaster strike the village and the hunt for a scapegoat soon turns into a hunt for the healing women: the witches.

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Endorsement

”Som starkast är böckerna i vardagsscenerna, närvarokänslan är total … Östnäs skriver kargt och låter inga 2000-talsuttryck slinka över tröskeln. Böckerna är makalöst välresearchade och hon vilar i långsamheten … Östnäs förmåga att kasta läsaren tillbaka i tiden lämnar henne aldrig.”

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Review

“Not before long the story grabs a hold of me and I am absorbed by a world where hierarchy dictates who can sit in the church benches and buried strands of hair can protect a village from the death that swoops across the country /…/ This is historical fiction to devour in a warm bed as cold winds hammer against the windows, whilst thanking the goddesses that you’re living in the 21st century.”

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