This sequel to Garth Pettersen’s acclaimed historical debut novel, The Swan’s Road, continues the story of Harald, second son of King Cnute, and his wife Selia Fehr in the eleventh century.
After a peaceful year running their Frisian estate, Harald and Selia are called to Engla-lond. Their return is marked by violence and intrigue. The king has vowed to Queen Emma that their son Harthacnute will inherit the throne, but the atheling is cruel and reckless. Many view Harald as the better choice, which makes him a target for the ruthless supporters of his half-brother. King Cnute urges Harald to be prepared to assume the throne should Harthacnute prove unfit.
Harald resists being swept up by forces beyond his control, but doubts he and Selia will survive the reign of King Hartha.
And what of his older brother, Sweyn?
The Dane Law is a welcome addition to the wealth of Anglo-Saxon tales written by Bernard Cornwell, Rosemary Sutcliff, and Nicola Griffith.
Release date is September 19, 2018 and The Dane Law is available at the pre-order price of $.99 or 99P in the UK.
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Garth Pettersen is a Canadian writer who lives in the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, British Columbia. When he’s not writing, he’s riding horses and working with young, disabled riders. Garth’s short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies, and in journals such as Blank Spaces, The Spadina Literary Review, and The Opening Line Literary ‘Zine. His story River’s Rising was awarded an Honourable Mention for the Short Story America 2017 Prize, and his fantasy novella, River Born, was one of two runners-up in the Wundor Editions (UK) Short Fiction Prize. His debut novel, The Swan’s Road was released in 2017 published by Tirgearr Publishing. Book #2 in the series, The Dane Law, will be released in 2018.