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by Quercus Books, 8 March 2018. ISBN: 978-1-78648-901-2
The family is
coming home: violent Karl, huge Bjorn, feisty Jorunn and clever Aslak. Tensions
rise, and soon there’s murder ...
Viking noir novel mostly follows the adopted daughter of the house, Helga
Finnsdottir. She’s in her teens, grateful to her ‘parents’, but also ready to
spread her wings. She’s learning guile from her ‘mother’, but she also has a
mystical intuitive sense of her own. Helga watches the family arrive –
helpfully spread over several chapters, so that we get a grip on one brother
before the next one comes, although there were times I wished for a quick-check
family tree. Soon the quarrels begin, over inheritance, rumours of treasure and
illicit affairs. Their father, former raider Unnthor, and his determined,
clever wife Hildigunnur, are hard put to contain their children. All the
characters were vividly drawn and felt like people of their time. The
historical background was also unerringly sketched in, vivid without being
overdone – I was particularly impressed by the description of one funeral,
which came straight from the latest studies of Birka graves. I loved the use of
modern slang language, rough and ready, as suited the characters, without being
highly readable Viking family murder, with an engaging heroine and convincing
historical detail. Recommended.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor
was born in Reykjavik in 1974. He has since lived in Norway, London and now
Edinburgh with his wife, where he dabbles in classical acting and stand-up
comedy while teaching English.His
fantasy series, The Valhalla Saga, and his crime series, Kin and Council, are
published by Jo Fletcher Books. They both have Vikings in, so expect moderate
cursing and beards,
Marsali Taylor grew up
near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is
currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her
husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is
fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive
dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a
keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of
her local drama group.Marsali also does
a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.