Mark Patton's Reviews > Burial Rites
Stunningly good historical fiction, very evocative of time and place. How can a novel about the last public execution in Iceland be life affirming? You'll have to read it to find out! Both the reader and the characters know from the outset how it is all going to end, so there are no surprises in the plot. Instead the focus is on the characters (strangers forced by circumstances to live in close proximity to one another), and on the central character in particular, the condemned woman, Agnes Magnusdottir, forced to come to terms both with her own impending death, and with those who, unintentionally, have become her captors.
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