The life of Margit Sandemo could be lifted straight from one of her sagas. The daughter of a Swedish countess who abandoned her privileged upbringing to marry a crofter, Sandemo undoubtedly inherited her writing talent from her father – the illegitimate son of a Nobel Prize Winner for Literature – Ibsen’s friend and rival, Bjornsterne Bjornson.
Now in her eighties, Margit’s other great passion is white water rafting.
This is the first in the Legend of the Ice People series. Margit Sandemo has sold over 39 million copies of her books across Scandinavia and Eastern Europe and is now printed in English for the first time. This seems as if it is going to be a run of the mill fantasy novel but is a more of a historical novel with fantasy elements thrown in. From the first few pages it will prick you curiosity and draw you in. Beginning in 1581 the series spans the next four centuries so if you like a saga this may be the one for you.
In Yearning , the historic evil curse so feared by the dwindling descendants of the Ice People comes to fruition. A terrifying child, Kolgrim, is born to Sunniva, daughter of the unrepentant witch, Sol Angelica, whom Silje rescued from the plague in the first novel Spellbound . As Kolgrim grows up, the lives of Silje and Tengel are drawing to a close and the focus moves to their children and grandchildren. A granddaughter Cecilie, governness to the family of King Christian IV, is caught up in the court intrigues in Copenhagen - and with the Thirty Years War raging across Europe, recruiting squads begin dragging off the youngest descendants of the Ice People to fight in that harsh conflict in Germany.
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