The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn @OrendaBooks


Author : Agnes Ravatn
Title : The Bird Tribunal
Pages : 192
Translator : Rosie Hedger
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : July 30, 2016


Two people in exile. Two secrets. As the past tightens its grip, there may be no escape.

TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and her job to take voluntary exile in a remote house on an isolated fjord. But her new job as housekeeper and gardener is not all that it seems, and her silent, surly employer, 44-year-old Sigurd Bagge, is not the old man she expected. As they await the return of his wife from her travels, their silent, uneasy encounters develop into a chilling, obsessive relationship, and it becomes clear that atonement for past sins may not be enough.


Sometimes you read something quite extraordinary and you have absolutely no idea how to put your thoughts into words. This, for me, is one of those times. However, I can already tell you now that if you’re looking for something a little different that you won’t forget in a hurry, then you should go and pick up a copy right now!

I have blind faith in the books that Orenda publishes and they’ve not let me down yet. But when I started reading The Bird Tribunal, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I may have added a few wrinkles to my forehead from all the frowning I was doing.

I think this is by far the oddest story I’ve ever read. Not odd in the sense of being completely weird, although there is something to be said for that as well, but more odd as in “I don’t have a bloody clue what’s going on!”. And yet, I was so enormously engrossed that I couldn’t stop reading.

I can’t even figure out what genre this belongs to. It is thriller-ish and has tons of suspense, drama and brilliant characterisation. It is gripping and engrossing and I soon found myself on quite a tense ride. This story is eerie, dark and haunting but fantastically well written and executed. There’s a threatening vibe that had me on the edge of my seat. Throughout the story, you know something’s coming but I had no idea what it was going to be.

It’s fair to say I’ve never read anything like it but I loved every word on every page. This story has made an indelible impression on me and I doubt I’ll ever forget Allis and Sigurd. Also, let’s not forget Rosie Hedger for the fabulous translation.

Many thanks to Karen at Orenda Books for my copy, which I chose to review honestly!

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  31 comments for “The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn @OrendaBooks

  1. August 21, 2017 at 9:26 am

    This sounds fantastic! This wasn’t really on my radar but it is now. Wonderful review, my friend ❀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. August 21, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I have blind faith in Orenda too πŸ˜€

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 21, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      I must admit though that since reading that one, I tried Snowblind and I didn’t finish that one. May try again at some point but it wasn’t grabbing me. Have you read it?

      Liked by 1 person

      • August 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

        I haven’t but I hear really positive things about the series. It might be one of those novels you have to be in the right frame of mind to read.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. August 21, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Great review! It’s such an atmospheric book isn’t!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. August 21, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Heard so much about this one Eva..

    Liked by 1 person

  5. August 21, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Fab review Eva, I loved this one too πŸ’œ

    Liked by 1 person

  6. August 21, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Oh so mysterious, you’re making me anxious to read this one too now! Great review!

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 21, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      Mysterious review for a mysterious book. Totally planned it that way. *ahem* πŸ˜‚

      Liked by 1 person

  7. August 21, 2017 at 11:57 am

    ARGH Can’t read until I’ve read the book myself!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 21, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      Well, hurry up then! It’s quite a short one! Squeeze it in! πŸ˜„


  8. August 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    A compelling review!

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you! It was a bit of a struggle since I found the book so special so I’m glad to hear the review is doing what it’s supposed to!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Holly B / Dressedtoread
    August 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I recently read a book and also couldn’t quite decide the genre, although it was listed as thriller. Nice post!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. August 21, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Hey I have that same blind faith in Orenda Books! And about time you read this one 😝 it’s so unique right, utterly mesmerising

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Christine
    August 21, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    This sounds like a great read, Dee. I got it for only 99 cents! Great review!

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 21, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Ooh, that’s fab! Do so hope you enjoy it! Look forward to hearing your thoughts! xx


  12. August 21, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Can’t read until I have read it myself but I was contemplating it being my next read!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. August 21, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    This sounds so intriguing Eva πŸ˜ƒ

    Liked by 1 person

  14. August 22, 2017 at 2:07 am

    So glad that you liked this title! “The bird tribunal” is probably my favorite read of 2017 so far. (I’ve read 62 books in 2017) My review:

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