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THE STONE DOORS

Stoneborn Saga Book 1

On a small farm in Iceland, in the waning days of the Viking Age, a pagan farmer attacks a Christian priest. With a single blow from his hammer, he shatters a delicate balance, setting in motion forces more powerful than he can comprehend. The resultant blood feud and potential for religious conflict pose grave implications for all Icelanders—and perhaps the very land itself.

For far from the farms and longhouses, deep in Iceland's barren, moon-like interior, dwells a mysterious and uncanny power: the huldufólk, the hidden people, masters of stone and dreams. As they too are drawn into the clash between the old ways and the new faith, they must lay the burden on one young fólkish girl to try to save them all...

THE STONE DOORS is the first novel in the STONEBORN SAGA, a planned trilogy featuring rich characters, heart-pounding action, and inventive storytelling. Combining real history with fantastic possibility, THE STONE DOORS will appeal to fans of Bernard Cornwell (THE SAXON STORIES), Edward Rutherfurd (SARUM), and Susanna Clarke (JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL).

Reader reviews for THE STONE DOORS:

“A great book that takes a somewhat familiar universe of quasi medieval literature and adapts it to an Icelandic setting that at once defies expectations while maintaining an air of familiarity.”

 “Author brings us elegantly into the world of Iceland to give us a feel--through his research and imagination--for this culture from hundreds of years ago.”

“Great read and very interesting, I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next one.”

“In my top three favorite books of all time.”

THE BLACK SHIPS

Stoneborn Saga Book 2

One summer morning in 1627, the peace of a small island village just off the coast of Iceland is shattered by an unthinkable event: pirates from the Barbary Coast arrive in huge black galleys and attack the town, killing several villagers and kidnapping the rest to sell as slaves back in Africa. Huddled below deck, terrified, and headed towards a life of bondage in a foreign society, the captive Icelanders can do little except pray and try to comfort one another. But young Ingriður and her brother Siggi have an unexpected resource, smuggled aboard in the folds of Ingriður's dress: a weathered old book containing the long-forgotten tale of another young woman taken from her people and carried off into captivity, centuries earlier—by Viking raiders who sailed west from Iceland until they reached the shores of a new land, far across the ocean...

THE BLACK SHIPS continues the epic narrative and fantastic themes of the STONEBORN SAGA, while standing on its own as a self-contained adventure novel.

Coming 2020.

 

ABOUT

I write books for everyone who loves history and folklore as much as I do.

 

J.D. — UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Full tuition scholarship and stipend

  • Associate Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law

  • Student Attorney, Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender

  • Research Assistant, University of Michigan Law Library

  • Co-Chair, Michigan Outlaws

  • Lead Singer, TJ Hooper and the Learned Hands Law School Rock Band

History B.A. — CARLETON COLLEGE, Northfield, MN

  • Medieval & Renaissance Studies Concentration

  • National Merit Scholar

  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

  • Junior year at Oxford University, UK through Sarah Lawrence College at Oxford Program

  • Rugby Team President

  • NCAA DIII Wrestling

  • Choir, Senior Voice Recital, Guitar, Piano

 

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