Against the background of the continuing Thirty Years War, in Mortal Sin Silje's granddaughter Cecilie jeopardises her role as governess at the court of King Christian IV when she becomes pregnant – by a priest! But she finds a good friend in Alexander Paladin, one of the king's closest advisers who is also risking disgrace because he is rightly suspected of homosexual activity. Cecilie attempts to save them both by suggesting they marry and declare her child their own. Throughout this novel Margit Sandemo creates significant fictional roles for her own ancestors, the aristocratic Oxenstierna family...
Margit Sandemo (1924-2018) was a Norwegian-Swedish historical fantasy author. She had been the best-selling author in the Nordic Countries since the 1980s, when her novel series of 47 books, The Legend of the Ice People, was published. She also wrote many other book series such as Häxmästaren and Legenden om Ljusets rike.
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The Legend of the Ice People consists of six works. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.