Sigve’s guardsmen have spotted a large warship sailing towards Vik, and in order to defend the gold, the young chieftain may once again depend on Yljali, his thrall lover. Only she can unleash the hidden powers of his magic sword. Yljali, however, is in labour, giving birth to Sigve’s child.
In this third book, Sigve finds himself becoming ever more deeply ensnared in the politics and wars of the turbulent world of the Viking kings. The young and unexperienced leader must use all his wits and strength to defend his property and his people. He may even depend on the gods.
John Snow is a pen-name for Terje Hillesund, a professor of Media and Communication at a university in Norway. In addition to media studies, Hillesund has a deep interest in literature and mythology, especially Norse mythology, and in Viking history. He enjoys reading the Old Edda, Icelandic sagas, and books on the Viking Age. One evening, when his wife watched him sitting among his books and computers, she asked why he didn't write a Viking story. "If you find a good pen-name, I will," he said. Knowing he read "A Game of Thrones" at the time, she suggested "Jon Snow", but the author-to-be said no. "I will not steal the name of such a wonderful character," he said, and called himself John Snow.