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Book 11: Einarr and the Island of Thorns
Happy New Year and News - Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s hoping 2021 is less… interesting than 2020 was. I am in the process of moving from WP.com to DreamHost. Please excuse any… Read more "Happy New Year and News"
11.14 – Barrow Field - At first light the next day, Einarr set off for the barrow field with Naudrek and Troa, leaving the others to continue their search for answers in… Read more "11.14 – Barrow Field"
Happy holidays! - Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Yule, or whatever it is you celebrate, I hope you and yours have an excellent one! Einarr and his crew will return… Read more "Happy holidays!"
11.13 – Laws of Hospitality - Einarr sat crosslegged on the ground, near enough the fire that the heat pressed uncomfortably against his thigh. The tablet page appeared to give an accounting of… Read more "11.13 – Laws of Hospitality"
11.12 – Draugr - Sinmora slashed down and a draugr collapsed into a pile of bones, only to begin reassembling itself almost immediately. Troa stomped on the pile of bones and… Read more "11.12 – Draugr"
11.11 – Grim Mists - Einarr and Troa were out of the room before they heard Eydri’s footsteps start to catch up. Her complaints registered a moment later. “Warn a girl before… Read more "11.11 – Grim Mists"
11.10 – Waiting. Watching. - Much to Naudrek’s annoyance, Einarr insisted on taking the midnight watch that night. “This is your quest, Einarr. You owe it to yourself to be fresh for… Read more "11.10 – Waiting. Watching."
11.9 – Stone Circle - It was nearly impossible to tell the passage of time in the twilight gloom of that forest canopy. Here and there they would pass near a spot… Read more "11.9 – Stone Circle"
11.8 – The Grey Lands - As afternoon faded into evening the last stragglers made it back to the Heidrun. Svarek had managed to acquire some cabbages and fresh fish ashore and was… Read more "11.8 – The Grey Lands"
11.7 – A Warm Welcome - The serving boy – who, if Einarr guessed aright, couldn’t be more than 12, hugged his tray against himself and backed away from Einarr and his party.… Read more "11.7 – A Warm Welcome"
11.6 – Thorn Deep - A week after their encounter with the accursed ship of the demon cult, a small, dark island appeared on the horizon. According to all the charts, it… Read more "11.6 – Thorn Deep"
11.5 – Demon Ship - For more than a fortnight they sailed on, following the charts as best they could as they weathered the ordinary spring storms. While there had been more… Read more "11.5 – Demon Ship"
11.4 – Farewells - Two days after his conference, at dawn as he was preparing to launch the Heidrun, Einarr looked up and blinked in surprise. There, coming down the pier… Read more "11.4 – Farewells"
11.3 – Coming and Going - That night, Raenshold feasted in celebration of the victorious return of the Vidofnir and the Heidrun. From his seat by Father’s side, Einarr grinned across the table… Read more "11.3 – Coming and Going"
11.2 – Triumphant Return - Einarr staggered a little under the weight of the unconscious Jarl slung over his shoulder as he returned to camp. The smell of smoke hung heavy over… Read more "11.2 – Triumphant Return"
11.1 – Tafl - Smoke rose from the roof of Jarl Rosta’s hall, but Einarr was certain his men were not the ones who set the blaze. All around him, men… Read more "11.1 – Tafl"
Book 11: Einarr and the Island of Thorns - A year has passed since Einarr and his allies retook their homeland from the vicious Weavess Urdr and her son, Ulfr. Over the intervening months, they have… Read more "Book 11: Einarr and the Island of Thorns"
Einarr and the Island of Thorns begins 11/10/2020.
Book Ten: Einarr and the Ice Wolf
10.49 – Epilogue: Feast Days - Hi, everyone. Allene here. This marks the last chapter of Book 10: Einarr and the Ice Wolf – a book that is nearly half again as long… Read more "10.49 – Epilogue: Feast Days"
10.48 – The Thing - Over the course of the next three weeks, something more than half of all the jarls who once swore allegiance to Raen arrived in port at Breidelstein… Read more "10.48 – The Thing"
10.47 – Unbinding - A light like golden dawn shone from the grass behind Einarr, illuminating the faces before him. Those who were bound most loosely by the curse – Stigander,… Read more "10.47 – Unbinding"
10.46 – Unweaving - Einarr set about drawing the rune circle he and Hrug had devised while the Usurper’s former thralls made trip after trip from Urdr’s workroom, each time returning… Read more "10.46 – Unweaving"
10.45 – Return - Einarr, Troa, and Jorir traded off at the oars for the rest of that afternoon. The sun was setting as they reached the lake Troa had spoken… Read more "10.45 – Return"
10.44 – Capture - Einarr burst out of the passageway and into the bright afternoon light on a portion of the island he did not recognize. He blinked, his eyes adjusting… Read more "10.44 – Capture"
10.43 – Flood - Jorir led the way into the underwater passage, wary as though he were expecting an attack from any side. The Weavess wouldn’t have sent them underwater if… Read more "10.43 – Flood"
10.42 – Traps - Troa stopped suddenly enough that Einarr nearly ran into his outstretched arm. Better that, though, than to fall into the crevasse that had brought him up short.… Read more "10.42 – Traps"
10.41 – Logic Puzzle - Troa bristled, as Einarr knew he would. “Now look here —” “The longer this takes, the farther ahead she gets. You’re a scout, I’m not. So prove… Read more "10.41 – Logic Puzzle"
10.40 – Doors - Runa’s scream cut off as the ledge on the opposite side slammed into her stomach. Her chest and her arms folded over the top, and she had… Read more "10.40 – Doors"
10.39 – The Pit - The passage ahead looked much as it had before: a long stretch of rough stone. In the dim light given off by his glowing sword, he could… Read more "10.39 – The Pit"
10.38 – Secret Tunnel - The four burst into Urdr’s workroom, Runa in the lead but only by a pace. The sailor’s report had been not quite accurate: the witch was gone,… Read more "10.38 – Secret Tunnel"
10.37 – Regathering - Beatrix nodded brusquely and thrust the bit of cloth she’d been using to dab at Runa’s face into her hands. “I expect you’re right. Lead on.” Runa… Read more "10.37 – Regathering"
10.36 – An End to Fighting - “Very well, Kaldr Kerasson. Stand, and hear the judgement of the Thane of Breidelstein.” Stigander watched the man from the corner of his eye. When Kaldr stood… Read more "10.36 – An End to Fighting"
10.35 – In Raen’s Hall - From the time the three groups of their forces rejoined at the base of the cliff road almost to the tower gate, all they saw was the… Read more "10.35 – In Raen’s Hall"
10.34 – The Ice Wolf - “What?” Ulfr demanded, his smug certainty suddenly evaporating into angry confusion. A vein twitched at his temple as his eyes grew wide. Kaldr’s blood boiled in fury,… Read more "10.34 – The Ice Wolf"
10.33 – Ulfr - Lord Ulfr relaxed back in his seat as though the response bored him. “Your place is defending the Hold, Captain Kaldr. Or have you already forgotten how… Read more "10.33 – Ulfr"
10.32 – Unraveling - A wave of blinding light swept over the town below and through the war room. Kaldr staggered where he stood. So did everyone else in the war… Read more "10.32 – Unraveling"
10.31 – Struggle - “You there! What goes on here?” Stigander leveled a finger at one of the better-equipped townsfolk who had joined their ranks. He blinked and pointed at himself,… Read more "10.31 – Struggle"
10.30 – Ambush - Kaldr had evidently been the last to know he was about to be freed, and for once Lord Ulfr had not stinted on the manpower at his… Read more "10.30 – Ambush"
10.29 – Pivot - No sooner had Irding’s boots hit the dock than he was off and running, his eyes scanning ahead for his father’s back. Erik was exactly who he… Read more "10.29 – Pivot"
10.28 – Assault - The ships of the blockade gave chase, once they had uncoupled the rest of their boats. Captain Kormund and the Eikthyrnir hung back to harrass them at… Read more "10.28 – Assault"
10.27 – Spear Thrust - Einarr’s clansmen fought like desperate men, or cornered animals, each believing themselves alone. Einarr had come to expect better discipline from men under Kaldr’s command: was he… Read more "10.27 – Spear Thrust"
10.26 – The Harbor at Dawn - The proud rooster’s head of the Vidofnir led the way into the mouth of the harbor at Breidelsteinn as the morning sun began to paint the sky… Read more "10.26 – The Harbor at Dawn"
10.25 – Honor - At some point after Lord Ulfr ordered him imprisoned, between his irregular meals and while he ran beginner exercises to keep his body spry, the noise of… Read more "10.25 – Honor"
10.24 -Audience - Kaldr walked swiftly forward into the chamber, his chain dragging on the ground behind him. “My Lord, I pushed my ship as fast as she could go.”… Read more "10.24 -Audience"
10.23 – Return to Raenshold - Kaldr knew he should have been glad of a quiet journey back to the capital. Unfortunately, every man aboard knew what was happening, and so the mood… Read more "10.23 – Return to Raenshold"
10.22 – The Fall of Urek - “Another weakling from the rebels? You are nothing more than flies. We should have squashed you ages ago.” Urek did not give Einarr time to retort: the… Read more "10.22 – The Fall of Urek"
10.21 – Frothing Urek - The sweat on Sivid’s brow was only partially to do with the fire. He had found himself face to face with the man they called Frothing Urek,… Read more "10.21 – Frothing Urek"
10.20 – Berserker - Einarr heard the warriors aboard the trapped wolfling ship give a battle roar only moments before they swarmed over the boarding lines. The ship swayed under the… Read more "10.20 – Berserker"