HERO'S SHIELD takes you to the golden age of the Thirteen Kings of the North, in the province once called "Britannia" by tyrants from Rome. The Romans are long gone, but now a new tide of invaders threatens to spill over the land of the Bryts. One headstrong young woman stands in their path...
BRIGAND'S BLADE and VAGABOND'S DAGGER follow on the heels of HERO'S SHIELD in the five-book series, Tapestry of Cumbria.
TROLL AND TRYLLERI carries you away to the troll-haunted mountains of 9th century Norway where three young women guard their secrets. The daughter of a king, plotting treason. Her unwilling maid, planning flight to freedom. An ugly goatherd, masquerading in the realm of mankind...
Books by Joyce Holt:
-- HERO'S SHIELD: book 1 in Tapestry of Cumbria
-- BRIGAND'S BLADE: book 2 in Tapestry of Cumbria
-- VAGABOND'S DAGGER: book 3 in Tapestry of Cumbria
-- TROLL AND TRYLLERI: 336-page historical-fantasy novel
-- SPUN AGAIN: OLD TALES RETOLD: 44 short stories retelling Scandinavian folklore
Forever fascinated by cultures of the past, Joyce Holt often steps away from the wired world. Spinning by drop spindle, weaving by loom or tablet, teaching "sprang" netting (a technique older than knitting). Acting in demos of the Dark Ages, garbed in historically accurate clothing of the times. Playing the Celtic harp, the langeleik, and the fipple flute. Translating old Norwegian folksongs into English.
Holt has walked the hills and dales of Telemark (inland Norway) and Cumbria (northwest England), the settings of her historical-fantasy novels. Enter, if you will, through these portals into the past, into the wildwoods and glens and haunted heights of another age!
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Family history buffs, you can still find the diary and artwork of Frederick William Hurst here on Amazon as well as on Holt's site: