Forged in Blood by Ken Hagan

After ice, comes blood…

The year is 960 AD.

While in exile in Erinland, 21-year-old Kregin joins Einar’s ship the Hrafentyr as one of his brother’s harrier crew.

Einar’s lucrative trafficking in slaves is sponsored by Amlav, King of Linn-dubh, to whom he and other merchants have pledged war service in a spring campaign against the troublesome Erse clan of Osri.

During a routine round-up of slaves, while Einar is away on King’s business, Kregin is shocked by the brutal torture inflicted by slave-master Drafdrit and his henchman Brennan on a captive Erse chieftain and his small daughter.

Kregin intervenes to save the child.

His actions result in the death of one of his shipmates on the Hrafentyr, and when Einar hears of the incident, he takes the word of Drafdrit and others against Kregin.

He disowns his brother and hands him over to the slave-master.

Faced with a brutal future, can Kregin escape the clutches of the slaver? What of the little girl, M’lym, whom he saved? And when battle looms, whose side will Kregin take?

As the winds of war swirl, an epic battle takes place, one that will pit brother against brother, destroy the peaceful lives of the monks at Kildobhan, and change everyone’s life forever.
Forged in Blood, the second 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.

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