The Viking Hostage
Impress Books, 2014
404pp, £9.99, pb, ISBN 9781907605598
£3.99, eb, eISBN 9781907605604
The Viking Hostage is set in late 10th century France and Wales, and tells the stories of three women living through turbulent power struggles across Europe, Viking raids, and fears of The End of Time. Sigrid is a Norwegian sold into slavery in the French Limousin who stubbornly clings to her pagan identity. Aina is a great heiress attempting to resist the unwelcome pressures of the marriage market. Adalmode endures a hopeless love affair with a man who is her father’s prisoner. Their stories tangle with questions of nobility, freedom and courage in the highly stratified and often brutal society of early medieval Europe.
‘Human chess played with lives and land. Three instantly likeable women fight the system from within.’ The Book Bag