Nordophile has noticed an engrossment in Nordic Supernatural recently and we wanted to look closer at the amalgamation of different genres within the Nordic category.
Nordic Noir is a genre which has exploded into the homes of Nordophiles everywhere. Nordic murder and intrigue has gone global as a genre, but there has recently been an interest for readers to find out what other genres Nordic authors are producing.
With the rising obsession for dramas coming our way like Jordskott from Sweden which is both supernatural and mythical, we are now questioning which books can feed our Nordic passion if we don’t just want Noir.
Nordophile is taken by two very talented writers, Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg from Sweden who have done just that. Teaming up they have co-wrote a supernatural, mythology trilogy from the depths of the Nordic heartland (Bergslagen, Sweden) to bring us not just your typical Nordic, dark, intense novel full of transgressions and subtle undertones of social malfunctions but this writing duo have expanded the subject and added the element of supernatural realism where this thread seems to run adjacent with everyday life. The writers have thought this through and not just taken the chance to just take a different path, because you get the feeling that this is a subject they believe in, one they want to filter through, making a natural impact. Nordic Supernatural looks like it’s slowly starting to work its way up with its counterparts and we expect much more of the coming months.
The Engelsfors Trilogy
This trilogy contains the titles THE CIRCLE, FIRE and THE KEY. THE CIRCLE was published in April 2011 in Sweden, FIRE in April 2012 and the final part, THE KEY was published in Sweden autumn 2013.
6 young girls who just started high school, and who have nothing in common, find out they are hunted by an ancient evil. Involuntarily they are all drawn to a meeting in the forest one late night when the moon is mysteriously red. They are told that they are witches. They are ‘The Chosen Ones’. From this day on, they must learn how to work together despite their differences and they have to master the forces that have awakened within them. Time is running out. Something is hunting them and if they don’t find it and defeat it, it will find them.
‘The Chosen Ones’ ones are about to start their second year in senior high school. The whole summer break they have held their breaths waiting for the demons’ next move. But the threat shows up from another direction, somewhere they could never have foreseen. It becomes more and more obvious that something is very, very wrong in Engelsfors. The past is woven together with the present. The living meet the dead. The Chosen ones are tied even closer together and are once again reminded that magic cannot ease unhappy love or mend broken hearts.
The final title in the trilogy is THE KEY. The threads and paths are woven together, and the finale is fantastic as the girls and others involved manage to stop the apocalypse.
The trilogy has gone global and the interest for The Circle has been huge from day one. The rights are now sold to 29 countries.
The books are written as crossover titles and aims for young adults and teenagers. But the way they are written they can easily be read by adults as well which from readership seems to be true, it appeals to a wide range audience. One big difference from other books in this genre of paranormal titles is that it’s not the story about pretty girl meets dangerous boy/man (ie vampire). Instead, the main characters are six strong and brave young girls struggling to find themselves and to do good.
As soon as Rabén & Sjögren, one of Sweden’s leading publisher of children’s and YA books, laid eyes on the script they wanted to publish the trilogy, and invested big in the whole trilogy from day one with a first print run of 12 000 copies, which is very high for Sweden. As of today, the first book in the trilogy has sold 140 000 copies in Sweden alone.
The film rights for THE ENGELSFORS TRILOGY were sold to the new film production company RMV Film, owned and run by former ABBA-member Benny Andersson and his son Ludvig Andersson. Mats Strandberg and Sara B. Elfgren both took an active part in the project. Sara B. Elfgren wrote the script together with director Levan Akin. The film aired in Sweden in February 2015 and July 8th 2015 it was released on dvd and blueray in Sweden.
Find out more worldofengelsfors.com
Photos Magnus Liam Karlsson & Niklas Alexandersson.