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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (524 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Lindbergh Narrator: Virginia Leishma Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in Viking Greenland in AD 985, this dramatic historical novel focuses on the intertwined lives of three women straddling the pagan past and Christian future.

Katla is a slave and daughter of a Christian woman captured in a Viking raid on Irish shores. Setting sail from Iceland with her master's household, she heads toward the distant promise of a new homestead in Greenland. Also on the ship is Thorbjorg the Seeress, a much maligned and persecuted healer and prophetess who is ever faithful to the call of her patron god, Odin.

Upon first arriving in Greenland, Katla is brutally raped by her master's son, Torvard. The child of this union is Bibrau: taciturn, reclusive, infused with the savagery of her conception and suspected by many to be a changeling. But the seeress Thorbjorg, following a vision from her god, takes Bibrau as her apprentice. The young girl becomes an adept at healing and Norse magic, but her bitterness perverts the wisdom Thorbjorg gives. As her power grows, Bibrau twists it to good or evil at her whim, inflicting her will on Thorbjorg's household, her mother, and the tight-knit Greenland community.

The Thrall's Tale is a chronicle of love, hatred, and revenge at a turning point in history when Christianity first penetrates the pagan Viking sphere. The schisms, alliances, and sacrifices that result reflect the pain of a dying culture and the birth of a different world. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ninifuller | 2/7/2014

    " kinda tough to get through, lots of Norse mythology references "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karen Fiandaca | 2/3/2014

    " Not my favorite genre - our book cub selection - too dark and pagan for me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristine Pond | 1/24/2014

    " Norse slave. Greenland 985 AD "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Laura | 1/21/2014

    " The concept, story idea and characters are interesting and initially engaging. A multi-voice approach to story telling can be frustrating when characters are as interesting as these are in the beginning - you must resist the temptation to read only one person's chapters in order to find out quicker what happens to them. An attempt to do so will find you lost because, alas, as a good writer should, Lindbergh in-beds key bits in the stories of others. About half-way through the book I began to feel as if the author were "over-developing" the story and things slowed down as too much repetition of details and restatement of character foibles were pounded into the reader. It became a chore to finish the last third of the book - and, sadly for me, the conclusion was not really satisfying. "

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