Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Flame of the Sea

Available as an e-book on Amazon, The Flame of the Sea is an action-packed story of Viking adventure. If you like Ragnar, you will love Eric Bloodaxe!


Eric, a young Viking chieftain on a heroic quest, never imagines he's but a pawn of rival wizards and a mere plaything in an ancient war between powerful gods. What begins as an adventurous search for treasure becomes a desperate struggle for survival. If he loses, Eric forfeits not only wealth, fame, love, and life, but the most valuable treasure of all: his honor as a Viking.


What boy doesn't thrill to stories of the sea, featuring the exploits of men larger than life itself, especially when such tales have some basis in fact?

The Vikings were a breed apart, so fierce in battle that other Europeans offered a special prayer to ward off their attack: "God save us from the Norsemen!"

How lucky the man who is as passionate about a beloved body of myth and legend as he was as a boy!

Fondness for folklore and adventure inspires many adults to commit fantasies of daring deeds, courageous acts, and dangerous enterprises to the page, both for the sake of reliving them in their own minds and for the sake of posterity.

In reading historical accounts of the Norsemen, one soon learns they were not mere barbarians. They were pirates as well as farmers, it's true, but they were also masters of navigation and engineering, devising some of the first and most profound inventions, as I recount in a Listverse article, "10 Amazing Viking Inventions and Innovations."

Lots of things inspired The Flame of the Sea:

The gods and goddesses of the Norse: Odin, Thor, Balder, Freya, Frigga, Hel, Heimdall, Loki, the Norns, Sif, and the Valkyries.

The nine worlds, whose names remain as exotic to my ears as the imaginary realms themselves: Niflheim, Muspelheim, Asgard, Midgard, Jotunheim, Vanaheim, Alfheim, Svartalfheim, and Helheim.

The mighty world tree Yggsdrasil, which united these worlds into a single universe.

Asgard, the home of the gods.

The creation of the world, the Twilight of the Gods, and the new world to follow.

The fact that the gods were also members of distinct families, such as Magni and Modi, the sons of Thor and the giantess Jarnsaxa, and Thrud, his daughter by Sif.

The Berserkers.

The runes.

The Prose and the Poetic Eddas.

The world of Norse mythology is a transcendent realm, beyond time and space, in which anything can happen, a place that, in the terms described by C. S. Lewis, inspires a joy so sharp it takes the form of longing.

These are the emotions Norse mythology awoke--and awakens--in me, and it these same powerful passions I hope to awaken or to reawaken in those who read of Eric's bold adventures in The Flame of the Sea.

Oh! And one other source, a most important one, also inspired me: Vladimir Propp's Morphology of the Folktale, which is the topic of a different post, "Plotting The Flame of the Sea."


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