Dyrfinna is a born commander. She bests her peers in dragon riding, sword fighting, and battle strategy. So when the Queen calls the people of Skala to battle to revenge her murdered daughter, Dyrfinna leads her troops to victory in a series of hard-fought battles against overwhelming odds. Yet a commander is raised over her, and a disaster results in the massacre of a quarter of the Queen’s army. Then the commander unfairly blames a second disaster on Dyrfinna. The wrong stroke of her sword could undo everything she’s ever worked for ... and exile to certain death.
The Viking world is torn apart by warfare, and there is no rest for the weary. Barely recovered from surviving her exile, Dyrfinna lands in the enemy’s camp. The king has stolen her sister, captured her allies, and turned one of her closest friends against her.
But that’s the least of Dyrfinna’s worries. A greater foe has risen up, a magician who desecrates the bones of dragons to gain power for herself and raise an army of zombie dragons from the dead—an army of unbelievable power. To overcome this new threat, Dyrfinna must steal her crew out of captivity and sail them into their most costly battle yet.
The prequel to the Dragonrider of Skala series.
Skeggi has been raising his brothers ever since their parents died last year. One respite from his never-ending work is his time with his sword-friends, learning to fight and fly dragons. But during battle-practice on dragonback, Skeggi accidentally stumbles upon an invasion force of Danes, and all hell breaks loose.
As his city prepares for war, Skeggi and his friends are sent on a mission to bring back the Queen’s daughter. Not only must the sword-friends rescue the Queen’s daughter, but they must escape the wrath of the Dane’s commander, Iron Skull, one of the most dangerous men of Viking legend. The sword-friends have found someone that Iron Skull considers more valuable than gold—his thrall girl. And he wants her back.