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Book one of the 'Viking Odyssey' series.
950AD: on the western shores of the Norse kingdom, ten-year-old Kregin is about to set sail for Iceland on his father's ship, the 'Vigtyr'.
Three families, headed by Old Man Jarl, Grey Skar, and Kregin's father, Raff Thralson, are embarking on an odyssey.
They are fleeing to escape the vengeance of a King enraged by the families' encroachment on his trading preserves in Finnmark.
Just before their departure, the King sends a message through Drak, a fierce and implacable warrior: the King's laws will be enforced — even in exile in Iceland.
The three families are incensed at this high-handed edict and decide that they must resist with any means at their disposal.
With the 'Vigtyr' on the point of sailing, Kregin bids a temporary farewell to his friend Helga, who is also Grey Skar's granddaughter, and receives from her an incredible warning: Drak, Grey Skar and Jarl have formed an alliance, and intend to attack the 'Vigtyr' at sea, kill all on board and claim the ship and everything on it as a prize.
Kregin dismisses Helga's warning as the fanciful imaginings of a young girl, and follows his brothers on board the 'Vigtyr' without divulging the warning to a living soul.
Not long into the voyage Kregin has cause to bitterly regret his silence.
The attack, when it comes, is swift and vicious, and changes the course of Kregin's life.
He escapes the carnage and undergoes a vital rite of passage, but the glorious odyssey has become a lone flight.
The mettle of a warrior is forged in battle, but it seems that Kregin's character will be forged in a frozen, ice-bound land…
'Forged in Ice', the first book in Ken Hagan's 'Viking Odyssey' series, is a gripping Viking adventure filled with fights, family feuds, and action packed drama.
Ken Hagan's interest in Viking history stems from his love of Icelandic sagas and visits to Viking-age graves in Norway and Sweden. He studied languages and linguistics at Trinity College Dublin, where he was Arts Editor of the renowned college newspaper, Trinity News. He has had a successful career in corporate management, including assignments in the Middle East, but has always maintained his interest in writing and drama, and is now fulfilling a long-held ambition to write his own Viking saga.