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The Half Drowned King - Linnea Hartsuyker

The Half Drowned King - Linnea Hartsuyker

This is № 22 of an exclusive edition of only 250 copies

Title: The Half Drowned King

Author:  Linnea Hartsuyker

ISBN:  9781408708798

Weight:  990g

Numbered signed first edition, first printing




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The Half Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

A Viking Game of Thrones packed with fantastic story-telling, intrigue and a vivid evocation of another time and place.

Since the death of Ragnvald Eysteinsson’s father in battle, he has worked hard to protect his sister Svanhild and planned to inherit his family’s land when he comes of age.  But when the captain of his ship tries to kill him on the way home from a raiding excursion, he must confront his stepfather’s betrayal, and find a way to protect his birthright.  It is no easy feat in Viking-Age Norway, where a hundred petty rulers kill over parcels of land, and a prophesied high king is rising.

But where Ragnvald is expected to bleed, and even die, for his honour, Svanhild is simply expected to marry well.  It’s not a fate she relishes, and when the chance to leave her stepfather’s cruelty comes at the hand of her brother’s arch-rival, Svanhild is forced to make the ultimate choice: family or freedom.

Drawing from the Icelandic Sagas, The Half Drowned King takes inspiration from the true story of Ragnvald of Maer, the right hand man of King Harald Fairhair, first king of all Norway, and his sister, Svanhild, as she tries to find freedom in a society where the higher her brother rises, the greater her worth as a political pawn.

Peer & Press Reviews

Steeped in legend and myth, Hartsuyker’s debut is a swashbuckling epic of family, love, and betrayal that reimagines the Norse sagas…  While Hartsuyker’s prose is straightforward, the plot is as deliciously complex as Game of Thrones.  And, in an era so dominated by the tales of men, it’s nice to see a complicated, cunning heroine like Svanhild swoop in and steal the show.  Hold on to your helms and grab your shields – Hartsuyker is just getting started.

Kirkus Reviews

Linnea Hartsuyker brings myth and legend roaring to life in this superbly good page-turning saga of Viking-era Norway.  Hartsuyker is fearless as she navigates a harsh, exacting and hair-raising world, with icy fjords and raiding seasons and ancient blood feuds.  But the book’s fiercest magic shines in the characters of Ragnvald and Svanhild, as unforgettable a brother and sister duo as I can remember in recent literature.  Linnea Hartsuyker is an exciting, original voice in historical fiction, and The Half-Drowned King is nothing short of mesmerizing

Paula McLain, author of Circling the Sun

An unusual Viking saga.  Most such fiction is written by men and tells largely of blood-soaked battles, the lopping off of limbs and disembowellings.  Hartsuyker’s book has its share of violent action as it relates the story of its hero Ragnvald Eysteinsson, who survives a near-drowning by his enemies to hitch his fortunes to the rising star of Harald Fairhair, a teenage warrior and would-be king of all Norway in the ninth century.  It also has several strands of narrative – mostly focused on Ragnvald’s sister Svanhild as she strives to assert herself in a male dominated world – that are less predictable.  This is a novel that creates a more nuanced and richer portrait of Viking society, with its complex web of rituals, laws and debts of honour, than the genre usually provides.

Sunday Times

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Title The Half Drowned King
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background

This numbered edition of 250 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a signed authentication page, tipped-in directly before the title page, that confirms the book’s number and that it is a first edition.  Also printed on this page is the book’s title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication.

Book number 22 of 250
Series The Half Drowned King trilogy – book 1
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the signature /  number authentication page
Ephemera Comes with a bookmark
Book Stats
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Little, Brown
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9781408708798
ISBN 10 1408708795
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 431 (inc. Author’s Note)
Size (h x w x d) 242 x 163 x 39mm
Packed weight 1.027kg heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Nina Subin
Design + art direct. Sean Garrehy - LBBG
Photography Larry Rostant
Map Laura Hartman Maestro

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