Synopsis of “Flight of the Wren”
In 1002 AD, the Viking Age is about to come crashing to a halt, and a star-crossed cast of characters weaves an intricate web between the Dark and Middle Ages.
“Flight of the Wren” is as ponderous and ambitious as Olav Haraldsson, soon to become Saint Olav of Norway. Like the charismatic Olav, the book is propelled by magical forces, and destined to be remembered. Like Prince Cnut of Denmark, “Flight of the Wren” has the courage to address complex political and religious conflict and emerge victorious. Like the Witch of Vestfold, it has a brooding, wicked craftiness beneath a dry sense of humor, and finally, like Hilja of Lapland, the true protagonist, this novel has a big heart, guided by keen intuition and a desire to nurture and heal.
Hilja is a teen from a remote village, orphaned by marauding Norsemen. She becomes the apprentice of the local Shaman, and begins a quest that will take her and her companion across Scandinavia into Norway, the Land of the Giants. While she struggles to redeem her lost tribe and their way of life, the Norsemen also fight to keep their traditions as Christianity gains a foothold in Scandinavia.
All along the way, magic and superstition play an important role, as the Witch weaves the strands of fate as she tries to understand them, with devastating consequences. Hilja’s ability to speak with animals and heal others becomes the key to her tribe’s redemption, as well as her enemies’.
“Flight of the Wren” is a novel about relationships, foibles, and courage that shape history, and a diminutive Shaman from Lapland will have the greatest role of all.
“Flight of the Wren” is a complete story of 140,000 words, and the sequel, “Voyage of the White Bear” (160,000 words) is newly finished.