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.
The Bitch Queen was one of many names for Queen Gunnhild, also called Mother of Kings. Gunnhild was married to Eirik Bloodaxe, who was King of Norway and King of York. She was a cunning woman, a practitioner of seid and black magic, exceptionally beautiful, and, according to legend, after King Eirik's death she developed an insatiable appetite for young men.
In this fourth instalment of The Viking Series, the saga of Sigve continues. An old enemy of Sigve's family returns to Norway from his exile in Northumbria. Kalv Kolson arrives with his son, Einar, who leads a fierce band of warriors. When Sigve learns about their arrival, he decides to eradicate Kalv, Einar, and the rest of the family – wives, children, and all.
Einar, however, is a good friend of Harald, Queen Gunnhild's son. Harald is King of Norway, and he has promised Einar his support. For Sigve it is crucial to make the king change his mind and help him instead. But, as everyone knows, the will of the king can only be moved through Gunnhild, who exerts great power over her son. Among people in the country, there is a saying that “Norway is ruled by the queen's cunt.”
In order to achieve his goal, Sigve the Awful sets out to meet Queen Gunnhild. The result of their meeting is uncertain. In every way, the Bitch Queen is hard to satisfy.