Shield maiden / Sharon Emmerichs.
Fryða has grown up hearing tales of her uncle, King Beowulf, and his spectacular defeat of the monstrous Grendel. Her one desire is to become a shield maiden in her own right, but a terrible accident during her childhood has thwarted this dream. Yet still, somehow, she feels an uncontrollable power begin to rise within herself. The last thing Fryða wants is to be forced into a political marriage, especially as her heart belongs to her lifelong friend, Theow. However, as foreign kings and chieftains descend upon her home to celebrate Beowulf's fifty years as the king of Geatland, the partnership begins to seem inevitable. That is, until, amidst the lavish gifts and drunken revelry, a discovery is made that threatens the safety of Fryða's entire clan - and her own life. Incensed by this betrayal, Frða resolves to fight for her people no matter the cost. As a queen should. As a shield maiden would. And as the perilous situation worsens, Fryða's powers seem only to grow stronger. But she is not the only one to feel the effects of her new-found battle-magic. For, buried deep in her gilded lair, a dragon is drawn to Fryða's untamed power, and is slowly awakening from a long, cursed sleep...
- ISBN: 9780316566919
- ISBN: 0316566918
- Physical Description: ix, 400 pages : geneological table, map ; 24 cm.
- Edition: First U.S. edition.
- Publisher: New York, NY : Redhook, 2023.
- Copyright: ©2023
"Originally published in the U.K. by Head of Zeus Ltd, part of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, in February 2023"--Title page verso.
Includes interview with author (pages 397-400).
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