Trailing The Hunter

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Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of, Trailing The Hunter
by Heidi Eljarbo which is being hosted by HFBT

Trailing The Hunter by Heidi Eljarbo

Publication Date: October 30, 2019
eBooks & Paperback; 298 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

A ruthless witch-finder.

One determined woman.

1661 in southeastern Norway.

Clara Dahl has made a decision. She has seen the dread and sorrow witch-finder Angus Hill has caused in her hometown and sets out to find him. Her goal is to fight the wrongful and wicked misconceptions about witch hunting. But the witch-finder influence is strong. How can she warn the villagers of something they don’t understand?

Clara’s heartfelt desire is to protect and rescue the women who are in danger without causing more harm. As Clara develops secret plots to thwart the plans of the notorious witch-finder and works to help the villagers, she finds friendship and the possibility of true love.

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A spellbinder from the very beginning. Eljarbo sound historical research is evident and impressive. Gus A. Mellander, Ph. D., D.H.L. Ms. Eljarbo words come alive on the page. Jana Pawlowski

Excellent research and stunning writing. Pauline Isaksen, author of Dying for Justice

This novel has fascinating history, endearing as well as diabolical characters and exciting twists and turns. I couldn’t put it down. Linnea Shaw

This book was received from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

1661 in southeastern Norway.

Clara Dahl has made a decision. She has seen the dread and sorrow witch-finder Angus Hill has caused in her hometown and sets out to find him. Her goal is to fight the wrongful and wicked misconceptions that have led witch hunting.

Clara is all to knowing that the witch hunter, Angus Hill fans the fame of witch hysteria everywhere he goes. Hoping to be be one step ahead of him. By arriving head of Angus Hil In the village of Berg.

This vividly rich historical mystery fiction, that will draw the reader into the challenges facing woman during the 1600-1700’s Europe. Sweet and courageous, Clara Dahl is hopping to prevent innocent women from being burned by an witch hunter. Set in the back drop of a village in Berg, Norway 1661. The authors meticulous research is interwoven in historical and captivating fiction to create a riveting novel. A wonderful page turner that unfolds perfectly, and keeps you glued to the pages.

I loved Clare’s determination to protect the townspeople from vile, Angus Hill’s accusations. Her compassion and willingness to sacrifice and help people in a different level of caste system than hers. She is courageous for stepping out of the norm of the woman of her day.

Struggling at the bonds placed on woman, she takes on the task of educating young children which normally is only reserved for males. Education is usually only for the upper class and not the average person. Overall it closes the gab between the privileged and underprivileged, it also help blanket the flames of superstition by giving logic to natural occurring events.

A wonderful suspenseful, entertaining read, with the perfect amount of light romance that didn’t overshadow the main objective of the plot-line. The cast of characters, were engaging and the writing was fluid. Wonderful narration, along with brilliant dialogue and suspense, that keeps the reader vested all the way through until the end.

A dark and tumultuous times, when superstition along with malicious gossip and greed can lead to death. A deeply thoughtful stirring storyline that was heartwarming, but also tragic. The author masterly sets the character conflict with precision in this riveting storyline.

A little history ~

When gossip and hate along with misconceptions and general knowledge of normal events can get you arrested in these dark times.

As Europe killed more than 40,000 people accused of sorcery in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, there were vicious witch trials taking place at the edge of the earth, in Norway’s tiny fishing villages

During the 17th century Finnmark had many witch trials. Northern Norway was a place with weak central security, where the local authorities had a great deal of power. These officials were not Norwegians, but often men from Scotland, Germany and Denmark, countries with a history of witch trials. They were influenced by the contemporary prejudice in Europe, where religious experts often claimed that “The evil came from North,” from Nordkalotten, the home of the Sami people, who were not Christians and had a strong reputation for sorcery.

These officials often believed in the teachings of the European clerics that “magic came with the Northern wind” down over Europe, and they had been placed there to correct the population according to Protestant orthodoxy. They painted the Sami as a people of magicians, and disapproved of Scandinavian women along the coast being alone at home for months when their husbands were out at sea fishing, suspecting them of committing adultery with demons. About 150 people were executed for sorcery in Northern Norway between 1621 and 1663, before legal security and administration became better organized in 1666. Of these, all the men were Sami and most of the women were Norwegian.

Memorial opened in June 2011

On June 23, 2011 Norway’s Queen Sonja opened the Steilneset Memorial to the Victims of the Witch Trials in Vardø, a new monument by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. It is also hoped that the Steilneset Memorial will draw visitors to a remote and economically depressed region of Norway. The Vardø project is also part of the Norwegian Public Roads administration’s National Tourist Routes program, through which distinctive buildings are being erected to encourage visits to outposts of exceptional natural beauty.

About the Author

Heidi Eljarbo is the bestselling author of Catching a Witch. She grew up in a home filled with books and artwork and she never truly imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as an author, magazine journalist, and painter.

After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, twelve grandchildren–so far–in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier and a bird.

Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter. Heidi’s favorites are family, God’s beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.

If you would like to know more, please visit Heidi’s website. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, October 30
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, November 1
Feature at The Writing Desk

Monday, November 4
Review at Red Headed Book Lady

Tuesday, November 5
Feature at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, November 6
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Sunday, November 10
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, November 11
Character Interview at The Book Junkie Reads

Thursday, November 14
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, November 15
Review at Passages to the Past

Saturday, November 16
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Tuesday, November 19
Feature at Maiden of the Pages

Wednesday, November 20
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Friday, November 22
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Trailing the Hunter! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on November 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter. Paperback giveaway is open internationally.
Only one entry per household.
All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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