The Half-Drowned King (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Ragnvald and his sister Svanhild find themselves witnesses to history in the making. Their lives are not entirely free to do as they wish. Each will encounter many obstacles and sacrifice much. In the ever-changing landscape of their ancestors, the siblings find themselves at the center of kings and the games they play. The Half-Drowned King is the storied tale of the legendary King Harold and the rise of a united Norway. It's a Viking saga set in the 9th century, full of traditions and myths, glory and adventure, love and betrayal. Linnea Hartsuyker breathes new life in the historical fiction genre!

— Jen Steele

August 2017 Indie Next List


“A fast-paced and harrowing saga of a sibling pair, both trying to do what is right for the other while navigating the physical and political terrain around them. Ragnvald and his sister, Svanhild, are our protagonists, and the book contains alternating chapters about each of their adventures. One fights a war on the battlefield while the other fights a war in the bedroom, and, fighting internal conflicts, each grows into adulthood quickly in this harsh environment. Rich with battles, love stories, and the breathtaking landscapes of Norway, The Half-Drowned King is a must-read for fans of literary fiction, adventure tales, and well-paced storytelling.”
— Giovanni Boivin, The Bookloft, Great Barrington, MA

Winter 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List


“Fierce storytelling honors the 13th-century Icelandic saga Heimskringla, which is retold here through the adventures of brother and sister Ragnvald and Swanhild. This novel is a real swashbuckler: true historical fiction in the tradition of James Michener and the ancient sagas themselves. A new favorite.”
— Maeve Noonan, Northshire Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432842703
ISBN-10: 1432842706
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: December 20th, 2017
Pages: 718
Language: English