In the troll-haunted mountains of ninth century Norway,
three young women guard their secrets.
~ The lovely one, a king's daughter, plots treason.
~ Her maid, unwilling pawn of the Norns,
lays plans to flee her headstrong, sharp-tongued mistress.
~ The third, an ugly goat-herder, masquerades among
the human folk of this high mountain dale,
hiding from her own monstrous kin.
In TROLL AND TRYLLERI,
the low-born maid drops her plans for escape
when an ogre seizes the king's daughter.
She plunges into the Otherworld after her mistress,
armed with nothing but her own wits, the goat-herder's advice,
and a magic key.
"An exciting, interesting story with a great heroine and a compelling quest.
It also evokes the world of Norse mythology vividly.
I believe fantasy readers want very much to be transported to another world,
and this author has done that...
"I like the richly detailed world, and the writing is beautiful.
This could potentially be a book I'd read multiple times."
~ critique by a judge in the literary contest of PNWA Writers Conference, 2015
Otherworldly creatures prowl the wildwoods that cloak
the Isle of the Mighty. Rome once claimed this land,
calling it Britannia, but they fled decades ago.
Native Bryts rose again to power.
Across the mountains and moors now rule thirteen kings.
No longer thirteen. Twelve. Eleven.
Unknown to those in the west, two kingdoms in
the east have fallen to Angul hordes -- invaders
who hunger for even more land.
Blocking their path into the mountainous west stands
one headstrong young woman -- Gwen ferch Draig,
daughter of heroes, nimble of foot and tongue,
confident of her prowess with the sword, revelling
in her parents' legacy of courage.
But among the first invaders comes a ruthless
sorceror wielding magic stolen from the Fair Folk.
How can Gwen defend her folk when stripped
of every strength and skill?
Publisher's Weekly* calls HERO'S SHIELD:
"A tale of fantasy in which magic, folklore,
and history are seamlessly interwoven."
* Publishers Weekly is a major international news organization
specializing in the field of book publishing and bookselling.
Above quotes: from a 2013 review of the book in manuscript form.
HERO'S SHIELD is the first book
in the series TAPESTRY OF CUMBRIA