The fifth novel in Tim Hodkinson's Whale Road Chronicles featuring Viking lord Einar and the Wolf Coats, his shipmates. The Wolf Coats must sail to Brittany, to find the famous religious scholar Israel of Trieste. But can Einar overcome his pride, and his injuries, and make it back alive?
Einar must take back control of his destiny in this thrilling Viking adventure.
How do you defeat the undefeatable?
935 AD, Norway. Recovering from horrendous injuries, Einar finds himself alone – and unable to fight. The Wolf Coats have left to protect the new King of Norway, and Einar is not strong enough to defeat his rival, Eirik, who has seized Orkney despite Einar being the rightful Jarl.
Eirik's men are raiding the Norwegian coast, led by a warrior called the Bear. Cruel and ferocious, the Bear possesses an extraordinary sword – one that gives him a skill in battle that cannot be matched.
Reunited, Einar and the Wolf Coats sail to England to seal a royal alliance, but their focus soon turns to the Bear and his legendary blade. Such a sword could be key to Einar's plans – but first they must contend with the Bear himself.
Caught between old foes and new ones, Einar must use all his wits to survive. But is a man who cannot wield a sword capable of being a true Viking warrior?
PRAISE FOR TIM HODKINSON:
'A brilliantly written historical adventure which will appeal to fans of Bernard Cornwell, George R.R. Martin, and especially Theodore Brun' HISTORICAL NOVEL ASSOCIATION
'A gripping action adventure like the sagas of old; and once finished, you just want to go back and read it all over again' MELISENDE'S LIBRARY
'An excellently written page-turner, with a feel for the period which invites you into the era and keeps you there' HISTORICAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION