The Swan Road

The Swan Road

by Angeline Hawkes
     
 

Life in 10th century Norway is a challenge for man and beast. The sea, or the swan road, as it is known, plays a vital part in existence. For Tore Nordahldatr life is a constant struggle as she rages against who she is and who she wishes she could be. When a blood payment is demanded and the chieftain, Hablock Bloodaxe, is gone to sea, chaos ensues as a blood-thirsty… See more details below

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Life in 10th century Norway is a challenge for man and beast. The sea, or the swan road, as it is known, plays a vital part in existence. For Tore Nordahldatr life is a constant struggle as she rages against who she is and who she wishes she could be. When a blood payment is demanded and the chieftain, Hablock Bloodaxe, is gone to sea, chaos ensues as a blood-thirsty rival family takes matters into their own hands. To escape slaughter, Tore must disguise herself as a young man until her brother Ulf can return from sea with Bloodaxe to set matters straight. Things go from bad to worse when Tore takes a sword sacred to the god, Tyr. She appeals to the goddess Sif for protection, but Sif’s bargaining with Tyr dangerously thrusts Tore into the world of men in a way not even she could imagine. Living as Eirik the Silent Graafell, Tore must prove herself worthy of the sword through battle to escape Tyr’s wrath. Even if Tore can fulfill her bargain with the gods, dealing with Ulf will be another challenge as he is dead-set on vengeance no matter who gets in his way.

“Innovative fantasy, refreshing realism, and a central character you care about from page one, The Swan Road is a triumph of Viking Age adventure like none you've ever read! Tore Nordahldatr's journey from young womanhood to Viking warriorhood and beyond, protected by the Goddess Sif and her own iron will against the curses of the God Tyr and earthly dangers all too real, is a fantastic saga of epic dimensions you must not miss!” —C. Dean Andersson, author of I Am Dracula and Warrior Witch, Book One in the Saga of the Warrior Woman Bloodsong

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Renaissance Magazine
Angeline Hawkes’s novel, The Swan Road, “introduces the reader to interesting, well-developed characters who live and breathe in the land of the Norse amid gods and goddesses, seaborne raids, blood, bones and births. A revival of ancient ideas and societies, a departure from traditional characterizations & plotlines... exciting, adventurous novel that keeps you turning pages & rooting for its heroes & heroines." --Renaissance Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013265882
Publisher:
ND3 Press
Publication date:
10/09/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Angeline Hawkes holds a B.A. in Composite English Language Arts from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is a former high school teacher. Angeline's collection, The Commandments, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist. Her story, "In Waters Black the Lost Ones Sleep", appears in the 2007 Origins Award nominated Chaosium anthology, Frontier Cthulhu. In 2011, Christopher Fulbright and Angeline will see publication of their novella, Black Mercy Falls, from Delirium Books, and novel, Scavengers, from Elder Signs Press. Bad Moon Books will publish Out of the Garden and Other Tales of the Barbarian Kabar of El Hazzar, a novel-length barbarian fantasy collection, in 2011, and horror collection, Inferno: Tales of Hell and Horror, in 2012. Angeline has seen the publication of novels, novellas, collections, fiction in 40 anthologies, and over 100 short fiction publications. She is an active member of HWA and former member of the Robert E. Howard UPA. Visit her websites at www.angelinehawkes.com and www.fulbrightandhawkes.com.

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