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Shieldmaiden (The Shieldmaiden Trilogy #1)

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934. Cumbria is in turmoil. The English fight Vikings for political supremacy in the North, whilst the traditional Viking way of life is threatened as Christianity advances against the worship of Norse gods. Against this background, Sigrid embarks on a quest for justice and security for herself and her children. Her only option is to appeal to the King of Norway to reverse ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Troubador Publishing
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Siobhan Logan
Jun 29, 2014 Siobhan Logan rated it it was amazing
As a storyteller, I have always been fascinated by ancient legends. On a visit to Iceland some years ago, I stocked up on some wonderful Viking Sagas, packed with passionate characters rooted in real landscapes. My holiday reading this Easter shares a good deal of this territory. The heroine of Marianne Whiting's 'Shieldmaiden' is a contemporary of poet-warrior Egil Skallagrimsson and also fights at the battle of Brunnanburgh, though on the opposing side. Like Egil's Saga, this tale is ...more
Geraint Roberts
Jan 07, 2013 Geraint Roberts rated it it was amazing
It held my attention from start to finish, wanting to know how the lady's journey would end. interesting to see a woman's perspective on challenging the uber-sexist mentality of the times. I could feel the emotions. Good read!
Jayne
May 25, 2013 Jayne rated it it was amazing
I was more than happy to lose myself in this Viking world with female heroine Sigrid at the helm. Filmic imagery, gripping plot from beginning to end, where this slow reader found herself all too soon.
Mirella
Feb 16, 2016 Mirella rated it really liked it
Shieldmaiden is set in 10th century Norway. The heroine, Sigrid, is caught in an abundance of turmoil when her father is named an outlaw and killed, her home is destroyed, and her family has fled and disappeared. Her only hope is to present herself to the King of Norway, a relative through marriage, to reverse the judgement against her family and restore her family 19s lands to her. Sigrid is no ordinary young woman, however. From the time she was young, she was trained in the skills of a ...more
Louise
Jun 19, 2013 Louise rated it liked it
I enjoyed the writing and the story, but I was let down by the author placing me in Cumbria long after the period the author had set the tale.

I so wanted to read about the richness of Viking Cumbria, the setting for this rousing viking tale. The Cumbria as the vikings had settled it, not a Cumbria lifted from a modern travel guide of the Lake District. using names of places and towns that were alien to tenth century vikings.

Too many silly research mistakes marred my enjoyment. Example; a mention
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