Rika was rejected by her father, a jarl, at birth because of her mother died in childbed. Rika is set adrift on a slab of ice by the midwife, expected to die. Instead, she was found by the famous skald, Magnus, who raised her like a daughter and taught her his storytelling craft. When she is grown, a Viking raid ends in the death of Magnus and her capture by Bjorn the Black. Bjorn claims her as his bed slave but then falls in love with her and desires to marry her.
Meanwhile Bjorn’s twisted brother has another marriage in mind for Rika.
This was a good story that held my interest with great characters. It did slow a bit when they got to Constantinople where much happens. Also, our strong heroine seemed to change to a sometimes compliant woman. The story has a nice finish.
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