Drowning is only the beginning…
Edda Gretasdottir is a raider, a fell-handed shield-maiden, feared along every coast. Hers is a life woven in battle scars.
But she never wanted to walk the warrior’s path. All she wanted was freedom, to earn enough gold to buy her family their own remote farm, and to escape their oppressive chieftain. Now, she has enough plunder so that she can finally hang up her shield and live in peace.
That peace is stolen from Edda, however, when raiders burn her home, destroy all that she loves, and toss her, wounded and bleeding, into the ravenous ocean.
But the fates are cruel and this is not the end for Edda: she rises from the bloody surf as a Windborn, a cursed warrior whose supernatural gifts are a poor exchange for everything she has lost.
Fuelled by rage and armed with strange new powers Edda will hunt for whoever sent the raiders, for whoever is responsible for taking everything from her. She will show them the sharp edge of her axe… or die trying.
Windborn is a dark, character-driven Norse fantasy packed with emotion, deadly foes, and vicious battles.
Praise for Windborn:
“On the surface a novel about superhero Vikings, Windborn is a triumph of storytelling that isn’t afraid to pull your heart out of your chest, kick it about the frost-coated battlefield, and then shove it back in again, expecting you to still be able to use it properly.
With this impressive debut, Alex Bradshaw has firmly established himself as a fantasy author worth paying attention to.”
— Benedict Patrick, author of the Yarnsworld and Darkstar novels.
“I want to go back and read this book for the first time all over again. I want to experience the highs and lows of Edda’s tale with eyes that have never seen it. … This book is truly special, and I honestly cannot wait for all of you to experience the surreal, incredible, wild ride that is Windborn.”
— Sarah Chorn, editor for Windborn and author of Seraphina’s Lament and Of Honey and Wildfire
“…one of my favourite books that I have read so far in 2021. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it.”
— Sue Bavey, Sue’s Musings