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One of the great writers of our age leads you back into the distant Viking past in this spine-tingling saga of war, revenge, loyalty, sacrifice – and a girl on a mission to find her father again.
One morning in 1063, Solveig wakes to find her father gone. Halfdan, a Viking mercenary, means to join the Viking Guard of Empress Zoe in the great city of Constantinople. But he has broken his promise to take his daughter with him. So Solveig resolves to follow him from Norway to the breathtaking city known as the Jewel of the East. Setting off in a tiny boat, she travels down the Baltic and through the rivers of Russia to the Black Sea. On her voyage, she encounters Viking traders, arrow-storms, a ghost-ship and a Russian king. Yet when Solveig finally reaches her destination within in the ranks of a great army, she witnesses the terrible truth of her people’s brutality. In the face of atrocity and bloodlust, she must choose between all she holds dear, and what she believes is right.
“Brilliantly compelling.” Financial Times
“Sweeps the reader away on a vivid voyage of adventure.” Times
“Kevin Crossley-Holland is one of the giants of children’s fiction.” Philip Reeve
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