Available from: Mercia Books for £5.99 inc P+P (RRP £6.99 )
Shield Maiden is a Historical Fantasy Adventure For Children of Ages 9+
Anna is a 12 year old girl growing up in a Saxon village in 7th century Mercia. Her life changes when she finds a golden horn in the ruins of a Roman Villa. Soon an ugly dwarf, a beautiful sorceress and even her own people are after her.
What powers does the horn have and why does everyone want it?
And why is Anna the only one who can get a note out of it?
About Shield Maiden
Shield Maiden is the first book in The Nine Worlds series in which the historical world of Anglo-Saxon England meets the mysterious world of myths and legends, gods and monsters our ancestors believed in.
This is the world as it might have been had those stories been true…
Read an excerpt here. This is the moment that Anna blows the horn for the first time:
“What is it?” Anna asked, moving forward so she also could get a look. Ellette turned towards her and held up her hands. Cradled within them was an object so beautiful that Anna felt as if she would cry just looking at it. It was shaped like an ox horn, like those the villagers used to drink mead and ale from, but made of solid gold. Its outer surface bore runes and etchings, shapes and patterns. Anna recognised a wild boar - the symbol of the goddess Freya, the spear of Woden and the hammer of Thunor, the god of thunder.
Denning's characters come to life in this mythological adventure, the story of a 12 year old girl who finds a golden horn in the ruins of a Roman villa.
Review on Parents in Touch:
This gripping story for children of 8+ will appeal to lovers of several genres, including historical fiction, myths and fantasy. The historical background is vivid and informative and the characters true to period. The final section 'About the world of the Shield Maiden' gives an excellent background.
Review on The Write Path
The story line is great. I loved reading about this 7th century Saxon village and the destruction that was caused after the Romans left England. I also liked the mixing of mythology into the story.