King of the North (Fire Born 4): cover reveal

It is with great pleasure and no little pride that I reveal the cover of King of the North, my forthcoming Viking novel, and the fourth volume of my Fire Born series. I think the book is a corker and I hope you will enjoy it in September 2023 when it is published by those fine folks at Canelo. Feast your eyes upon . . .

Fire Born 4: King of the North

King of the North is all about a legendary battle fought in Sweden in the late 8th-century, which I have adapted to fit the narrative of my own heroes. This is the blurb from the back of the book:

A clash of crowns pits brother against sister in the battle for ultimate power

An ambitious king

Spring, AD 777. Sigurd Hring, new King of the Svear, is summoning all the greatest warriors of the North to his banner, promising them riches and glory. He invites Bjarki Bloodhand, the famous berserkr who can summon the fury of a wild bear in battle, to swear an oath of fealty to him. But Bjarki has already sailed away to rescue a beautiful Saxon princess.

A reluctant shield maiden

Tor Hildarsdottir, sister of Bjarki, now oath-bound to a powerful Svearland jarl, finds herself unwillingly enrolled in Sigurd’s mighty army. When Sigurd Hring arrogantly rejects the overlordship of Siegfried, King of the Dane-Mark, red war is inevitable.

The battle to end all battles

The two sides agree to meet on the field of honour at Norrkoping on the Svealand border. But Bjarki has sworn an oath to Siegfried and joined his Danish host, while Tor must fight for her lord and homeland. So the siblings will face each other over the shield-rims in a battle to end all battles to decide who shall be… King of the North.

The book will be available from Amazon and all good book retailers, but you can pre-order it now. The Last Berserker (Fire Born 1), The Saxon Wolf (Fire Born 2) and The Loki Sword (Fire Born 3) are all now available from Amazon, too, as paperbacks, audio files or eBooks.

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