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The Thrall's Tale (2006)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452288177, Paperback)The mesmerizing chronicle of three tenth-century Viking women whose lives are inextricably bound by fate
The Thrall’s Tale is a masterpiece of historical fiction that follows Katla, a slave, her daughter Bibrau, and their mistress Thorbjorg, a prophetess of the Norse god Odin, as they navigate the stormy waters of love, revenge, faith, and deception in the Viking Age settlements of tenth–century Greenland. Lindbergh’s lyrical prose captures the tenuousness of lives led on the edge of the known world, the pain of loyalties shattered by Christian conversion, and the deepest desires hidden in the human heart. A book that has appeal for readers of fantasy and romance as well as historical and literary fiction, The Thrall’s Tale is an absorbing cultural saga researched and written over ten years as Lindbergh immersed herself in the literature, artifacts, and landscape of her characters’ lives and world.
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In 985 A.D. the life of a Viking thrall in newly settled Greenland is harsh and unforgiving. Katla, a proud, beautiful slave girl, is ostracized because of her arrogant ways and the mystical rosary beads she wears. She survives a violent rape only through the compassion of Thorbjorg, a pagan seeress and shaman. But Katla's daughter--conceived during the rape and reared by Torbjorg to be a shaman--maliciously exploits the pagan teachings to exact revenge on her mother for abandoning her.
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