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- Print Length: 374 pages
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- Publisher: Blue Star Visions (December 13, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 13, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019BSOLAG
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,917,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Annoure and the Dragon Ships: A Viking adventure sage Kindle Edition
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From the Author
I'm excited to finally see Annoure and the Dragon Ships make its entrance into the world of literature. Annoure and Thorstein are finally getting a chance to share their story.
I carefully researched this period of history and did my best to make it accurate. Although the Norsemen had runes for writing on stone and labeling things, they didn't have books that would have left a more detailed picture of their lives.
Much of what we know about them has comes from archeologist and the people who they invaded who didn't portray them in a favorable light.
We do know the Norsemen's longships were an important part of their culture. They were fast, sleek and shallow-drafted, which allowed them to travel up rivers and come into shallow water.
In writing the book I used some Norse words to make the story more authentic. Since the Norse language was before the time of dictionaries, the names given to words varies, as does the spelling of those words. I chose to take the most commonly used words and their spellings of the words such as "sonr" for son.
Even the word "Viking"is a more modern term to refer to the Norsemen. They didn't call themselves Vikings. They said would say they were going "a-viking"when they planned a trading expedition or went on a raid.
The Viking Age began with an attack on the monastic settlement of Lindisfarne, an island off the northeast coast on England in Northumbria.
My story starts a year later when five dragon ships sailed up the River Thyne and attacked the St. Paul's Church at Jarrow. They burned the two monasteries, killed or kidnapped the priest and monks, and fought the soldiers and villagers who tried to stop them. Their war leader was killed during the attack.
As the Norsemen left, a terrible storm arose and two of the dragon ships sank. The Norse warriors who survived the shipwrecks swam to shore and were then killed by the villagers and soldiers.
Historians disagree as to where the Norsemen who attacked Jarrow came from. For the purpose of my book I chose to have them come from what is now known as Norway.
While researching the book, I traveled to England and visited St. Paul's Church. The church is still in use after over a thousand years. Beside it are the remains of the two monasteries that were destroyed in the Viking raid.
Nearby was an exhibit of a reconstructed medieval village complete with live animals. I was delighted to see what a village would have looked like back then with its thatched-roofed houses and twisted-branched fences.
Later I made a trip to Norway with my husband who is a one-hundred-percent Norwegian. I wanted to visit Rosendal where Thorstein's family homestead was located on the west coast of Norway. An area famous for its fjords.
We flew into Stavanger where we rented a car and started our journey. We drove through a tunnel cut out of bedrock under a bay, traveled by car ferry, and drove on narrow mountain roads though some of the most beauty country in the world. Obviously the area has changed in over a thousand years yet the mountains, ocean, the nearby island (where Thorstein's neighbors lived) and fjord are the same. Being there helped me write more realistically about the area.
I hope the story depict the Norsemen in way that shows their strengths and weaknesses and gives you a glimpse into their lives.
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From the Back Cover
~Gary R. Bush, The Adventures of Jamie Sharpe, Stolen Life.
"Valor, romance, and adventure fill this gripping Viking epic."
~Stanley Trollip, Penname Michael Stanley, Kubu Mystery Series
"Annoure and the Dragon Ship is a spelling-binding spiritual adventure tale, told by one of the world's most insightful writers of historical fiction. Heidi Skarie captures the imagination and weaves pure magic into this story of one woman's inner training in druid wisdom and how she uses it to navigate safely, after her capture by brutal Norseman."
~Darlene Montgomery, Conscious Women Conscious lives Series
"Another brilliant novel by Heidi Skarie. Atmospheric, sensitive story and loveable characters that grow on you. I loved delving into the world of the ancient times. It felt very real and it was a pleasure to undergo such a journey with Skarie's spirit."
~Iva Kenaz, The Goddess Within
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I highly recommend it!
Annoure and the Dragon Ships is set in 8th century England and Norway and tells a story of a young noble girl called Annoure who is kidnapped by the Vikings to become a slave. However, her strong, brave spirit wins the heart of Thorstein, the man who captured her. The two grow closer with time and Annoure’s strong-willed nature begins to show. She desires to not be just his bed thrall (bed slave) and eventually wins herself a good position in his village. Also, Annoure goes on a spiritual journey and is trained to become a druidess.
I can’t praise this novel enough. I adored Annoure, particularly her bravery and stubbornness and the incredible inner strength her soul possesses. She goes through so much suffering yet keeps fighting for her life, mission and love. In many ways her character reminded me of Red Willow, a heroine from Heidi Skarie’s debut novel, but as I heard that the author finds inspiration in her past lives, I suppose it makes perfect sense.
What I loved about Annoure’s relationship with Thorstein was how connected they were - true twin flames. Also, the way the author describes the scenes is so vivid that I felt like watching a movie while reading it. In fact, I think this could make a great historical/visionary romance film one day.
Overall, it was an atmospheric, sensitive story with loveable characters that grow on you. I loved delving into the world of the ancient times. It felt very real and it was a pleasure to undergo such a journey with Skarie's spirit.
Annoure led the horse back, when she spotted five ships coming to the shore. She was puzzled, because it was too early for the trade hour. She was watching the ships to pass by, when the arrow came flying toward her. She ducked in time, yet she realized they were invaders coming to raid her town. She galloped as fast as she could to warn her people, but time wasn’t her helper.
Her life was turned upside-down when the Norsemen came in attacking and putting all to flames. Her free life came to ashes, when she was captured and forced to be moved to another culture and civilizations of Norsemen.
Nobody could take away her freedom, or so Annoure thought when a man from her dreams came to steal her heart away.
A lovely historical book full of surprises, danger, duels, compassion, heroism and a compulsive woman who only knows to follow her heart.
Heidi also makes this story historically accurate, she was able to take something from this time period of war and bloodshed and make something beautiful out of it. She takes the writings of history and introduces you to the people who helped make it. People who lived and loved life to the fullest. An absolute must read. Well done Heidi!