With the hand of a master wordsmith, Frid Ingulstad guides the reader nearly a thousand years into the past. Where the sources are silent, she calls on her imagination to fill the gaps, with ideas both realistic and plausible. Much has changed since the time when the daughters of kings lived, loved, and suffered – both in terms of the law, views on human dignity, and in the everyday lives of women everywhere. But, people remain the same, ruled by passions and urges, love and hatred.
In the spring of 1043, Ellisiv, the beautiful and well-educated daughter of Grand Prince Yaroslav of Kiev, weds Harald Sigurdsson, the King of Norway. Very much in love with the enormous Viking, she travels far from home to join him, only to discover that life with Harald is not what she'd expected. Harald is cruel and ambitious, and adheres to barbaric pagan traditions that fill her with fear. Can she hope to survive life with such a man, so far from everything that she knows? As a child, she'd sworn to her mother, Ingegjerd, that she would become the Queen of Norway when her mother had failed, but now she is not so sure.
Originally published in Norwegian by the Cappelen Damm Agency as Ellisiv (Kongsdotrene #2). Translated to English and republished here with permission of both author and original publisher.