'Kevin Crossley-Holland is one of the giants of children's fiction' Philip Reeve.
'A Norse saga with a difference ... travelogue through a beautifully realised 11th-century Europe, full of incident and subtle characterisation' The Financial Times.
'This beautifully written and sustained story of a journey is based on an intimate knowledge of the Norse and Viking worlds' Irish Sunday Independent.
From the Inside Flap
'Will you swear to take me?' Halfdan stared gravely at his daughter. 'In my heart, I will.' One morning, Solveig wakes to find her father, Halfdan, gone. Halfdan is a Viking mercenary who longs to rejoin his friend, Harald Hardrada, in Miklagard (Constantinople) where he is leader of the Empress's guard. But when he goes, he breaks his promise to take his daughter. Solveig decides to follow him. She sets off in a tiny boat and into an adventure along the Baltic and through the river routes of Russia to the Black Sea. She joins forces with Swedish traders, meets a ghost-ship and an English slave, a laughter-maker, a charming thief and a Russian king. She shoots rapids and is caught in an arrow-storm, narrowly misses being sold as a slave herself, and witnesses a living sacrifice. Through it all, Solveig's belief in her father is unwavering. Will she ever reach Miklagard? And will her father be there? Kevin Crossley-Holland has written a ground-breaking and glittering novel that revolves around friendship and betrayal, father and daughters, the clash of religions, courage and self-reliance, and a perilous journey to young womanhood.
From the Back Cover
'On the run, are you?' Solveig shook her head. 'Too many beatings?' Solveig flinched by she gazed straight into Red Ottar's eyes and didn't blink. 'Or worse,' said Red Ottar. 'Put your carving knife into someone, did you?' 'She's looking for passage,' Turpin said. 'Safe passage.' 'I'm following my father,' Solveig replied. She opened her eyes wide, one grey, one violet. The new, breathtaking adventure from the bestselling and multi-award-winning Kevin Crossley-Holland.
About the Author
Kevin Crossley-Holland's Arthur trilogy was translated into 23 languages, and has sold over one million copies worldwide. He has written and presented many BBC radio programmes and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, a patron of the Society of Storytelling, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.