From Albedo One Magazine Contributing Editor and double Aeon Award Longlister John C Adams comes a delightful fantasy romance featuring brand new heroine Dagmar Strongarm of the Northlands. 'Dagmar of the Northlands' is edited by professional editor E S Wynn-Rubsam and features a powerfully evocative cover from Fiona Jayde Media. Join Dagmar as she raids the Island of Orkna and falls in love too.
When her stepfather Konung Thorlak of the Northlands dies, the jarls rally round Dagmar's half brother Njal and make him their new ruler. Dagmar is disturbed by their ability to do so, when Thorlak fell at Njal's own hand.
The new konung orders a raid on Gortah van Murkar's island territory of Orkna to deflect attention from criticism of his rise to power and his treatment of his sister Yeen. Dagmar puts her yearning for romance with close friend Frakkok Warmhearth to one side long enough to join the raiding party, but her sister Ragnhild's pregnancy from their mysterious house guest Jon, rumoured to be the human form of the Northlands' Sea God Grunn, is also weighing heavily on her mind. Dagmar's thoughts often drift back to her homestead, Barnahus, the aptly named House of the Women.
It isn't long before Njal is proving himself unfit to lead, and the Men of the North are running amok. Dagmar and her cousin Magnus Broadchest step up, leading the raid on the crofters of Orkna to plunder whatever pitiful treasure the islanders have hidden away. They also do their best to rally the Men of the North's allies to attack the island's capital, the towering stronghold of Castle Longhope, before Gortah can get wind of their arrival and send reinforcements to hold this distant outpost of his massive empire.
Dagmar longs to return home and begin a relationship with Frakkok and to ensure that Ragnhild comes safely through the birth of her son. First, she must stiffen the resolve of the Men of the North to fight as a disciplined band within the coalition of forces the Gods have amassed to assist the Northlanders in taking Castle Longhope. With Magnus injured in the earlier raid, and his wound festering, returning home to Barnahus seems further away than ever for Dagmar.
Meanwhile, in his opulent capital Zwaarstad, Gortah awaits the return of his wife Queen Dextra of Aspatria and her much younger other husband Lord Ludwig Berg. The king and queen have been apart for a year following the death of Dextra's baby son, Crown Prince Aelred of Aspatria, but Gortah has formally demanded her attendance at his fiftieth birthday celebrations, amid continuing speculation in Murkar and Aspatria about the stability of the royal marriage.
Just as Gortah hopes to celebrate Dextra's return in peace, the Eirans gather an immense warhost and ride for the border with South Eira, Gortah's possession across the Silent Sea. The commander at Fort Belshan sends urgent word that reinforcements are needed, and Gortah's youngest son Prince Eugene leads those forces into battle. However, Eugene's thoughts are clouded on and off the battlefield by tempting visions of the King of Eira's youngest daughter, Princess Emer o'Eira.
Is the delightful and playful spirit who visits Eugene in the night hours at Belshan a true likeness of Emer in beauty and good nature? Eugene becomes more determined than ever to meet the princess in person and find out. But Emer's father Domhnall o'Eira is determined that any match with the Murkan prince will be with his eldest daughter, Briana, even if it means breaking her betrothal to childhood sweetheart Chieftain Jarlath o'Cruach.
The return of Benedict Dartelend gives Gortah the thrill of seeing his old lover again after thirty years, but it is tinged with sadness and regret that Benedict has come home to Murkar after decades of ill health to say goodbye. Gortah's old adversary for Benedict's affections Theydon Kleermaker travels to Zwaarstad with Benedict, but after so many years of estrangement and tension, Gortah is surprised at how quickly Benedict's passing brings them closer together. He begins to consider whether to agree to Dextra's suggestion that each of them take a new lover as part of their reconciliation.
Meet The Author
John has had short fiction published in Swords and Sorcery Magazine, Sirens Call Magazine, the Horror Zine, Devolution Z Magazine, Lovecraftiana Magazine and many other small publications. You can also read their short fiction in anthologies from Lycan Valley Press, Horrified Press, Fantasia Divinity and Jersey Pines Ink.
Longlisted twice for the Aeon Award, John has also been runner up for the Enrico Charles Literary Award. They have a Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.
John is an Oxford graduate and non-practising solicitor, living in Northumberland UK but conducting the ultimate long-distance relationship with their boyfriend in Pennsylvania.
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