The Half-Drowned King is the first in a trilogy of novels about Viking Age Norway, which will be published by HarperCollins on August 1, 2017.
THE HALF-DROWNED KING (August 1, 2017)
Since the death of Ragnvald Eysteinsson’s father in battle, he has worked hard to protect his sister Svanhild and planned to inherit his family’s land when he comes of age. But when the captain of his ship tries to kill him on the way home from a raiding excursion, he must confront his stepfather’s betrayal, and find a way to protect his birthright. It is no easy feat in Viking-Age Norway, where a hundred petty rulers kill over parcels of land, and a prophesied high king is rising.
But where Ragnvald is expected to bleed, and even die, for his honour, Svanhild is simply expected to marry well. It’s not a fate she relishes, and when the chance to leave her stepfather’s cruelty comes at the hand of her brother’s arch-rival, Svanhild is forced to make the ultimate choice: family or freedom.
Drawing from the Icelandic Sagas, The Half-Drowned King takes inspiration from the true story of Ragnvald of Maer, the right hand man of King Harald Fairhair, first king of all Norway, and his sister, Svanhild, as she tries to find freedom in a society where the higher her brother rises, the greater her worth as a political pawn.
Advance Praise for THE HALF-DROWNED KING:
“Lovers of epic rejoice! Hartsuyker illuminates these old stories with authority and visceral detail, bringing to life the adventure, bleak beauty and human struggle that lies at their heart. A vivid and gripping read.” (Madeline Miller, author of THE SONG OF ACHILLES)
“Linnea Hartsuyker brings myth and legend roaring to life in this superbly good page-turning saga of Viking-era Norway. Hartsuyker is fearless as she navigates a harsh, exacting and hair-raising world, with icy fjords and raiding seasons and ancient blood feuds. But the book’s fiercest magic shines in the characters of Ragnvald and Svanhild, as unforgettable a brother and sister duo as I can remember in recent literature. Linnea Hartsuyker is an exciting, original voice in historical fiction, and The Half-Drowned King is nothing short of mesmerizing.” (Paula McLain, bestselling author of THE PARIS WIFE and CIRCLING THE SUN)
THE SEA QUEEN (Summer 2018)
THE GOLDEN WOLF (Summer 2019)
In addition, these books will be published in:
- Germany by Ullstein
- Spain by Salamandra
- Italy by Giunti
- France by Presses de la Cite
- United Kingdom by Little, Brown
- NEW! Netherlands by Luitingh Sijthof
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