Another supremely funny book by Sandra Hill!
Tykir receives the order from the messenger of the King of Norway to find Lady Alinor of Graycote for allegedly placing a curse on his manhood. Taking his trusty companions, a bard and a witch-hater with him, he travels north to find the "witch", and to bring her to the King of Norway's court so that she can remove the curse she has supposedly placed on him. Followed by a herd of Alinor's loyal sheep, and a mangy sheepdog, and having to deal with a vociferous, difficult lady who knows her own mind is enough to turn Tykir's mind and to reduce the reader to tears of laughter!
What neither Alinor nor Tykir expect is to fall in love on the way, and they must come to terms with their own personal problems before being able to love eachother properly. The characters are well-drawn and individual: they are both impossibly stubborn, arrogant, honourable, capable of deep emotions and terrified of revealing their inner feelings for eachother.
Old heroes and heroines of Sandra Hill's past Viking novels reappear, such as Rain and Selik, Eirik and Eadyth, and Adam the orphan. They are cunningly woven into the story as well, so that the reader is given a chance to catch up on what has been happening to them, and yet they remain unobtrusive and the main love story does not lose its focus.