Synopses & Reviews
The mesmerizing chronicle of three tenth-century Viking women whose lives are inextricably bound by fate
The Thralls Tale is a masterpiece of historical fiction that follows Katla, a slave, her daughter Bibrau, and their mistress Thorbjorg, a prophetess of the Norse god Odin, as they navigate the stormy waters of love, revenge, faith, and deception in the Viking Age settlements of tenthcentury Greenland. Lindberghs lyrical prose captures the tenuousness of lives led on the edge of the known world, the pain of loyalties shattered by Christian conversion, and the deepest desires hidden in the human heart. A book that has appeal for readers of fantasy and romance as well as historical and literary fiction, The Thralls Tale is an absorbing cultural saga researched and written over ten years as Lindbergh immersed herself in the literature, artifacts, and landscape of her characters lives and world.
The Thralls Tale is an epic of the first degree. . . . With a mother vs. daughter theme, murder, revenge, [and] a heartbreaking love affair . . . The Thralls Tale defines the genre [of historical fiction]. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Every once in a while, a writer creates a novel that opens our eyes to a lost world. Arthur Golden achieved this with Memoirs of a Geisha, and now Judith Lindbergh has performed a similar feat. Gripping and wholly original. (Geraldine Brooks, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and author of March)
About the Author
Judith Lindberghs work has appeared in Archaeology magazine and in connection with the Smithsonians exhibition Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga. The Thralls Tale is her first novel.