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A Mankind Witch

Posted by on April 27, 2013

The picture is a link Amazon, bringing me an extra 6% if you decide to click and by via it. It doesn’t cost you anything extra.

I somehow forgot to put up here that AMW is now available as an e-book from… yours truly. So instead of 6 cents in the dollar I got for the paperback, or 20 cents in the dollar I got for the e-book, every copy earns me $4. Trust me I am not getting rich at this, but it is nice to have 70% of the cover price go to support the creator, to make it possible for me to write more books. At 6% I have to make ends meet otherwise.

If you love epic fantasy, dry wit, fast moving adventure, and love dogs…

To the North of the Holy Roman Empire are the pagan Norse-lands. It is here that Prince Manfred of Brittany, and Erik, his Icelandic bodyguard, must venture in the dead of winter to a mountainous land of trolls and ice to find a stolen pagan relic, the arm-ring of Odin, something so magical that it should not be possible to move it beyond its wards, let alone take it away. It is gone, and unless it is recovered before Yuletide and the re-affirmation of truce-oaths, a new Viking age will be born. King Vorenbras will lead his berserkers in an orgy of killing, rapine, looting and destruction, across the Empire’s unguarded North-Western flank.

Princess Signy is the King’s older stepsister, and everyone believes her to be the thief, a witch and a murderess. Everyone, that is, but Cair, her stable-thrall, a man plucked from the ocean, with a hidden past. Cair doesn’t believe in witches or magic, let alone that Signy could steal and murder. If he has to drag the foremost knight of the age, and his deadly bodyguard kicking and screaming though the entire Norse nine worlds to prove it and free her, he’d do it. No Kobold, dwarf, or troll is going to stop him, or his scepticism. Not the wild hunt. Not even a Grendel. He doesn’t believe in this superstitious rubbish. He’s a man of science and learning, and he’s used that to fake his way into being feared as a magic worker. But for Signy, he’ll be all of mankind’s witches.

He’ll have to be, because that’s what it’ll take to defeat the dark magical forces which are marshalled against them.

4 Responses to A Mankind Witch

  1. David Gaby

    I found this to be very interesting story, and the one-eyed individual who misdirects the would-be rescuers near the end seems to foreshadow some further development of the ideas inherent in the story.

    Signy’s and Cair’s triumph seems to validate pagan religion. Questions posed seem to include: What happens to the Alfar that was captive of the troll-wife? How does Cair integrate these events into his ‘Scientific’ philosophy? How does this effect the future of Telemark in that region? How do Odin, and others within the pagan constellation, including older gods, respond to these events, including the positive role of the Church? Can the Empire and the Church build on this experience to develop a more positive relationship with pagan peoples and deities? Can validation of Signy impact on the Church’s traditional attitude towards “Witches”?

    • Dave Freer

      In that universe – fiction – the model of ‘reality’ and power of various pagan religions is part of the worldbuilding. :-).

  2. Aaron Parsons

    Just wanted to say, this is one of my all time favorite books. I really love the care that you use with the norse myth in the book, love the characters and it keeps me smiling. Since my paperback copy is pretty much read to pieces (probably read 12-16 times) I was wondering if there was a link somewhere where I could download an epub version. And if you can actually get most of the money for it thats even better. Thanks for writing great books.

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