Six years after The Half-Drowned King, Ragnvald Eysteinsson is now king of Sogn, but fighting battles for King Harald keeps him away from home, as he confronts treachery and navigates a political landscape that grows more dangerous the higher he rises. Ragnvald's sister Svanhild has found the freedom and adventure she craves at the side of the rebel explorer Solvi Hunthiofsson, though not without a cost. She longs for a home where her quiet son can grow strong, and a place where she can put down roots, even as Solvi's ambition draws him back to Norway's battles again and keeps her divided from her brother. As a growing rebellion unites King Harald's enemies, Ragnvald suspects that some Norse nobles are not loyal to Harald's dream of a unified Norway. He sets a plan in motion to defeat all of his enemies, and bring his sister back to his side, while Svanhild finds herself with no easy decisions, and no choices that will leave her truly free. Their actions will hold irrevocable repercussions for the fates of those they love and for Norway itself. The Sea Queen returns to the fjords and halls of Viking-Age Scandinavia, a world of violence and prophecy, where honor is challenged by shifting alliances, and vengeance is always a threat to peace. Praise for The Half-Drowned King: 'Suspenseful, intriguing, gripping' New York Journal of Books 'An unusual Viking saga... creates a more nuanced and richer portrait of Viking society, with its complex web of rituals, laws and debts of honour, than the genre usually provides' Sunday Times 'Like Game of Thrones, only more unscrupulous' Wall St Journal
When Terreck finds a mysterious woman on the beach in south Indren, barely out of the water, he takes her to the monastery where he is staying. One little clue will give Terreck insight into her identity, a necklace with the word Salanas inscribed on the back. He knows what the octopus on the pendant means, he knows the trouble she could cause him. Terreck is a lost soul. His mind rages with the memories of a war against the orcs in Metarn and a monster that haunts his days and nights. All he wants is to find inner peace and after fleeing his home, Terreck wanders the land in search of a shred of tranquility. He finds himself in a little monastery by the beach, slowly clawing his way back to the light. Despite the thoughts and fears, Terreck cares for Salanas for an entire month before she wakes and he learns that she has lost her memory. Salanas struggles to walk, slowly learning and regaining the use of her muscles. With guidance from Terreck, Salanas grows stronger each day. Terreck believes that the woman that washed ashore after a mighty storm was a gift to his weary soul. He finds peace within himself by caring for her and tending to her needs. The nightmares that once plagued him have stopped and even though he doesn't want to consider it, Terreck believes that Salanas is the reason. He wants to keep her around but knows that she must be returned to her home so that her loved ones can help her memory return. The path back to Trosian is long and arduous. Their days are filled with the thoughts of the future while their nights are consumed by the unrelenting passion that refuses to subside. They both know what their future should be but cannot escape what is right in front of them.
In this ever changing world progress globally people’s needs increased by hundred folds. Food supply was in constant demand fishermen began trawling the sea bed for the best catch of cod. Hakes and crustaceans. Using nets sometimes leaving broken ones and long trails of heavy ropes brining death to so many fishes and destruction of coral formation. Over the years Queen of the Seven Seas noticed her domain was easy target for dumping waste from industries, oil wells and ocean liners. Her concerns grew as the ocean temperatures rose, and divers brought news to her about coral destruction loss of endangered species. The destruction of coastal regions caused by tsunamis, earthquakes all brought about by global warming, People began protesting She too lost her only son during a Tsunami years later he returned, other people were not so lucky. This book and its sequel with illustrations depicting methods of preservation and protection of her domain. Adults, and children would find it informative as Queen Malsa and her delegates takes action, asking all the Heads of States to see into the future of the seven seas When her long lost son returned there was rejoicing but along with it came sadness as he too expressed what he saw throughout his journey. The poorer people suffering more yet they contribute very little to global warming.
In 1963 Jane Yolen released a book called PIRATES IN PETTICOATS, because the idea of women as pirates fascinated her--but there wasn't much information about these women who made their livelihoods plundering on the high seas. Scholars have dug up a bounty of new information since then, and Jane, still fascinated, revisits the ladies who loot. Discover such great pirates as Artemisia, the Admiral Queen of Persia who sailed the seas from 500 to 480 BC. At one point there was a 10,000 drachma prize for anyone who could capture her. There was Rachel Wall, who ran away from her strict upbringing and became a murderous pirate terrorizing the waters of the Atlantic coastline of America. She was hanged for her deeds. Possibly the most famous woman pirate of all was Grania O'Malley, daughter of an Irish chieftain. She plagued the English and was arrested several times, always gaining her freedom to pirate some more. Meet ten other female pirates on their ships, in battle, and in disguise in this intriguing look at the wayward women of the waves. Christine Joy Pratt's pen-and-ink illustrations are alive with action and excitement. Here be a true and accurate account of the most low-down, scurviest--but the prettiest--black-hearted pirates you'll ever love to read about.