The Bard's Gift

The Bard's Gift

by Meredith Mansfield



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The Bard's Gift by Meredith Mansfield

Sixteen-year-old Astrid keeps mostly to herself, finding companionship in the stories her grandmother used to tell. She's too shy even to talk in front of Torolf, the young man she secretly dreams of. Then the Norse god of eloquence appears in Astrid's dreams and forces her to drink the Mead of Poetry. Suddenly, she's compelled to tell her stories. In public. Even in front of Torolf.

Astrid is meant to use these stories to guide her people from starvation in Greenland to a better future in Markland. A place legends claim is the abode of dragons. But not all of her fierce and independent people are willing to follow a mere girl, even the chieftain's daughter--especially when she counsels peace. Some have other plans for the new land and want to use Astrid and her gift as a tool.

Torolf never dreamed that quiet Astrid could choose him. Now he's stranded in Iceland as she sails in the opposite direction. To attain the promise of a future with Astrid, he'll have to attempt the impossible--sailing alone across the North Atlantic.

Together, they might defy the plans the gods have made for them and change the fate of more than just their own people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494840402
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/09/2014
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Professionally, I've been a financial analyst and a visual basic programmer. I also have a paralegal certificate, although I've never worked in that field. It's anybody's guess what I'll be when I grow up.
Imagining stories and writing have always been an important part of my life. It's one I've finally gotten to spend a significant amount of time on while I care for my mother who has Alzheimer's disease.

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DavidRose More than 1 year ago
Wonderful historical romance set in a Viking community in Greenland and North America. An engaging tale of two young people in love during a time of great changes, and tension and strife among their people and others. Thorough research gives the book a firm foundation, and a great gift for storytelling draws the reader helplessly (and delightedly) through the pages. If Anne McCaffrey had written about Vikings instead of the dragonriders of Pern, she might have produced something like this. The book also contains some notes on the historical setting, and some study questions which teachers might find helpful. Very highly recommended. Disclosure: This objective review was based on a free review copy of the book, and no inducements for a favourable review were sought or offered.