The book is the culmination of forty years of research, using the author's knowledge of Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, German and Russian. His effort gives an unprecedented view of details of everyday life in long forgotten locations. The problems confronting the Vikings of the late tenth century are brought to life for readers young and old.
Editor's comments: "The novel has a wonderful old-fashioned feel. It has knowledge of men at sea and at war, but manages to weave women into the story, too, in a chivalrous way." "Everyone will want to read to find out if Magnus will complete his blood oath."