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Author: Linnea Hartsuyker Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Golden Wolf Saga Release Date: August 2018 ISBN: 9780062859198
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An exhilarating Viking saga filled with the rich history, romantic adventure and political intrigue that have made Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, as well as Phillippa Gregory’s historical fiction and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology popular bestsellers. 

Six years after The Half-Drowned King, Ragnvald Eysteinsson is now king of Sogn, but fighting battles for King Harald keeps him away from home, as he confronts treachery and navigates a political landscape that grows more dangerous the higher he rises.

Ragnvald’s sister Svanhild has found the freedom and adventure she craves at the side of the rebel explorer Solvi Hunthiofsson, though not without a cost. She longs for a home where her quiet son can grow strong, and a place where she can put down roots, even as Solvi’s ambition draws him back to Norway’s battles again and keeps her divided from her brother.

As a growing rebellion unites King Harald’s enemies, Ragnvald suspects that some Norse nobles are not loyal to Harald’s dream of a unified Norway. He sets a plan in motion to defeat all of his enemies, and bring his sister back to his side, while Svanhild finds herself with no easy decisions, and no choices that will leave her truly free. Their actions will hold irrevocable repercussions for the fates of those they love and for Norway itself.

The Sea Queen returns to the fjords and halls of Viking-Age Scandinavia, a world of violence and prophecy, where honor is challenged by shifting alliances, and vengeance is always a threat to peace.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Linnea Hartsuyker is an exciting, original voice in historical fiction…who brings myth and legend roaring to life…A superbly good page-turning saga of Viking-era Norway.”

    Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The action scenes will have the blood humming in your veins.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Ms. Hartsuyker captures the sense of saga times and saga heroes: violent but litigious, treacherous but honorable, impetuous but crafty…a world brilliantly re-created by the author…Like Game of Thrones, only more unscrupulous.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Lovers of epics rejoice! Hartsuyker illuminates these old stories with authority and visceral detail, bringing to life the adventure, bleak beauty, and human struggle that lie at their heart. A vivid and gripping read.”

    Madeline Miller, author of Circe

  • “An ambitious tale of Norwegian medieval warfare told in richly colorful and accurate historical detail. Hartsuyker’s novel reveals just how tenuous life is when disputes are settled with sword and battle-axe.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hartsuyker is a wonderfully descriptive writer equally adept at penning truly horrifying battle scenes as depicting life in ninth-century Norway…Compelling.”

    Library Journal

  • “This is the kind of book to sink into and enjoy for its beauty and atmosphere.”

    Historical Novel Society

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About the Author

Linnea Hartsuyker can trace her family lineage back to the first king of Norway, and this inspired her debut novel, The Half-Drowned King, the first book in her trilogy about the Vikings, which was published in the United States and six other countries. The Half-Drowned King was an Indie Next selection, a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick, and named the best historical fiction book of 2017 by the American Library Association. She grew up in the woods outside Ithaca, New York, studied Engineering at Cornell University, and received an MFA in creative writing from New York University.

About the Narrator

Matthew Lloyd Davies is a veteran actor, director, and Audie Award–winning audiobook narrator. Highlights of his acting career include regular appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre in the West End, on international tours, and in award-winning television shows and films. He has experience in radio, a master’s degree in directing, and extensive experience in presenting at corporate events.