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.
Jon Snow is perhaps the most highly regarded newsman of our time; his qualities as a journalist and as a human being – his passion, warmth, intelligence, frankness and humour – are widely recognised and evident for all to see most nights on Channel 4 News and now in the pages of his first book.
His vivid personal chronicle is filled with anecdotes and pithy observations, and delightfully records his life and times since becoming a journalist in the early 1970s. He reported widely on Cold War conflicts in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Angola and Central America before becoming a resident correspondent in Washington D.C. in the 1980s, and he has met and interviewed most of the world’s leaders.
Drawing lessons from these experiences, he has pertinent things to say about how the increasing world disorder came about following the fall of the Berlin Wall; how the West’s constant search for an enemy has helped unhinge the world; and how and why the media have, in general, been less than helpful in drawing attention to key political and global developments.