This second volume of Odd Tangle-Hair's Saga takes up Odd's adventures as a skald (court poet) in the land of the Rus. Here he is drawn into a dangerous love affair with the passionate and cunning Princess Ingigerd of Novgorod, and is forced to break with his sworn lord, Harald the Ruthless. Along the way Odd devises a stratagem to defeat the wild Pechenegs, nomadic warriors of the Russian steppe, and goes off on a doomed mission to explore the distant reaches of the Black Sea. The novel concludes with Odd sailing into the harbor of Constantinople, bent on a secret mission, which will almost certainly cost him his life.
Interview with Bruce Macbain, author of The Ice Queen
"Vivid and compelling...his understanding of Norse culture and history is woven deftly throughout the tale. The cast of characters is well-fleshed out and Odd makes for a wonderful protagonist...Highly recommended."
—Justin M. Lindsay, Historical Novels Review
Blank Slate Press, paperback, November 2015, ISBN-13: 9781943075140