"A sense of menace grew on me all morning. A shadow of approaching doom. That was the first warning…"
Stolen from her family by a cruel Viking chieftain, Thora's future looks bleak. Yet Thora has visions, and in one she foresees a daring escape with a new companion. Seizing this chance involves stealing a ship bound for Iceland - but someone must die.
The journey is dangerous, and a fateful encounter will change the course of their lives. Soon Thora will know hardship and the bitterness of forbidden love. And all the while she and her new-found companion fear their crimes may catch up with them….
Born Marie-Louise Chalcraft in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire on September 22nd 1964.
She attended a string of state schools, including Chiltern Edge in Oxfordshire. Once herfamily moved down to Bath in 1979, she attended Fitzmaurice and St Laurence schools in Bradford on Avon. Throughout her primary school years she was constantly told off for reading secretly and writing long stories instead of completing maths sheets. She's not sure any of her teachers ever read her stories, but she had a lot of books taken away. When she was eleven, one teacher confiscated Lord of the Rings in the middle of the Battle of Helm’s Deep, and she nearly suffered severe psychological damage waiting a week to find out if Aragorn ... (more)