Troubador Shieldmaiden

Released: 01/10/2012

eISBN: 9781780888095

Format: eBook

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Sigrid is the daughter of a runaway Norwegian princess and a warrior who was once Harald Finehair’s housekarl. She grows up on a farm by Loweswater but her childhood comes to an abrupt end when her father is outlawed and killed, her home is burnt and the rest of her family disappears...

The year is 934 and Cumbria is in turmoil. The English fight Vikings for political supremacy in the North, whilst the traditional Viking way of life is threatened as Christianity advances against the worship of Norse gods. Against this background, Sigrid embarks on a quest for justice and security for herself and her children. Her only option is to appeal to the King of Norway to reverse his judgement on her father and allow her to inherit the family farm, but Norway is far away and Sigrid is a daughter of an outlaw with only her wits and her sword skills to help her cause. Recruiting a small but gallant force of allies, she sets out to regain her birth-right. During her quest, she encounters kings, warriors and villains. While her fighting skills earn her admiration and rewards, she also begins to understand about duty, honour and loyalty, changing from a headstrong teenager into a respected warrior woman.

Shieldmaiden is a well-researched and realistic tale that will appeal to fans of historical fiction, as well as young adult readers. Marianne has been inspired by Nordic sagas and legends and the Icelandic sagas, as well as Frans G. Bengtsson’s The Long Ships, Robert Low’s The Oathsworn series and Manda Scott’s Boudica novels.

"A gripping adventure with a bold, uncompromising heroine, written in the true Nordic tradition. This is storytelling at its best.
Chris d'Lacey, New York Times best selling author of The Last Dragon Chronicles.

"Packed with atmosphere and adventure, Shieldmaiden is a compelling saga indeed. But then Sigrid is an exceptional Viking. Struggling to balance conflicting duties to family, to king and to her own heart, she comes of age with a sword in her hand."
Rod Duncan, author of The Riot trilogy.

"Filled with suspense, action and compelling characters, Shieldmaiden is the masterly tale of a strong woman fighting her way through a man's world."
Glynn Iliffe, author of The Adventures of Odysseus.

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 Marianne Whiting

I was born in Sweden and grew up on stories about the Vikings, their daring raids and brave deeds but their lives as farmers, traders and explorers. I am particularly interested in the status of women in Viking society and how it changed with the spread of Christianity.

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