Can’t Wait Wednesday: 26 July, 2017
Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings and spotlights upcoming releases.
The Half-Drowned King – Linnea Hartsuyker
Since the death of Ragnvald Eysteinsson’s father in battle, he has worked hard to protect his sister Svanhild and planned to inherit his family’s land when he comes of age. But when the captain of his ship tries to kill him on the way home from a raiding excursion, he must confront his stepfather’s betrayal, and find a way to protect his birthright. It is no easy feat in Viking-Age Norway, where a hundred petty rulers kill over parcels of land, and a prophesied high king is rising.
But where Ragnvald is expected to bleed, and even die, for his honour, Svanhild is simply expected to marry well. It’s not a fate she relishes, and when the chance to leave her stepfather’s cruelty comes at the hand of her brother’s arch-rival, Svanhild is forced to make the ultimate choice: family or freedom.
Drawing from the Icelandic Sagas, The Half-Drowned King takes inspiration from the true story of Ragnvald of Maer, the right hand man of King Harald Fairhair, first king of all Norway, and his sister, Svanhild, as she tries to find freedom in a society where the higher her brother rises, the greater her worth as a political pawn.
Why I Can’t Wait:
I love the Icelandic Sagas so this appealed to me straight away. It’s also been endorsed by Madeline Miller who wrote one of my favourite books, The Song of Achilles. If it’s even half as good as that, I’ll love it. I have the limited edition pre-ordered from Goldsboro Books – these will be the only signed copies in the UK!
Release Date: 01 August 2017
|About the Author
I am a full-time writer of historical fiction with an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU and a BS in Material Science and Engineering from Cornell University. I live and work in New York City.
I am also an avid knitter, strongwoman competitor, traveller, and cook, and a reader of all genres of fiction and non-fiction.