Set in England when Vikings are on the brink of invasion, this is an epic tale of seduction, war, and unrequited love from an outstanding new voice in historical fiction.
©2015 Patricia Bracewell (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
In AD 1002 Emma, a young Norman girl, must take her place as bride to England's King Æthelred, a ruler who is looking for nothing more than a political pawn to protect his shores and bear his next child.
But Emma soon realises that her new role comes with danger: the seductive Elgiva, mistress to the King, will stop at nothing in her battle for the circlet of gold.
Amidst the turmoil of a kingdom under threat and a forbidden love, both women will fight for the King's attention, a king whose haunted past is as dark as the portent in the night's sky. And the one who rises will become the most powerful woman in the kingdom.