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Kings of the North

Cecelia Holland

Forge Books

Having fled from Constantinople, Raef Corbanson and his companions--Lief the Icelander, and Laissa, the young girl who they rescued from Constantinople--are cast up on shore in Normandy. Their goal is to return to Raef’s home in the Viking town of Jorvik in England.  Raef is back in his home territory, and his old friend and shipmate Sweyn Forkbeard is now King of Denmark--and soon to overthrow King Ethelred II of England. Raef’s connections throw him into the middle of the struggle between Sweyn, Ethelred, and Ethelred’s son Edward. Raef becomes foster father of Sweyn’s son Knut…who will become known as King Canute when he in turn takes the throne of England.

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CHAPTER ONE
The two men were tending to the horses, Raef drawing up water from the well, Leif stooping to run his hand along the black mare’s foreleg. Neither of them was paying any attention to Laissa, and she slipped away from them into the market.
The wide village common boomed with people, haggling with the fishmongers and piemen, calling wares, arguing and yelling and laughing—crowds of children and animals. A pig had gotten loose, and two boys were whooping after it in and out of the packed shoppers. On the far side of the common, a stone church stood, and along its front
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"[Holland has] the hard, sharp lines of a master storyteller. She seems remarkably skillful at portraying the masculine mind."--Houston Chronicle

"We have come to expect rich, vivid historical novels from prolific Cecelia Holland, and this one, set in ninth century Constantinople, more than fulfills that expectation.  We observe the legendary Byzantine duplicity through the eyes of our honorable barbarian hero as he tries to unravel the intrigue. Swiftly moving, plausible, and with just the right amount of historical details to make scenes come clear, the novel is an engrossing tale."--Publishers Weekly on The Belt of Gold

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Cecelia Holland

  • CECELIA HOLLAND is one of the most respected historical novelists in the world. She is the author of more than thirty novels.  Her earliest books, from The Firedrake to Great Maria, were New York Times bestsellers.  She ceased writing for many years to raise her three daughters, and then began a come-back career with Forge, with the novel Jeruselem. Her most recent novel was The High City. Holland lives in Northern California.

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