Best-selling Norwegian author Mytting has created something beautiful, a perfect evocation of a place and a culture, a melding of old Norse tradition with the encroaching modern world. The cold, the smell of the tar on the church’s timbers, the dark resonance of the bells—every element of the setting and those who inhabit it is crafted with consummate skill. This first in a trilogy will have readers eagerly awaiting the next by this accomplished author.