After the campaign against the Norse, Melcorka the Swordswoman is unsettled.She wishes revenge on Egil the Norseman, yet knows that Defender – her magic sword – cannot kill without cause.After a visit to the seer Fitheach, Melcorka receives a dire warning. They head toward the Western Isles in search of knowledge, facing many dangers on their path.With the help of pirate leader Osprey and Hector, leader of the Ulvust, they forge on toward the Standing Stones of Callanish to face the most fearsome foe of all: The Shining One.This is a standalone novel, and can be enjoyed even if you haven’t read other books in the series.Praise from readers:★★★★★ – “An awesome trip into Scottish lore and fantasy, with a young maiden who becomes a master swordswoman. You will not be disappointed.”★★★★★ – “Absolutely fantastic. The story drew me in and held me fast until the very last page. I look forward to the next adventures of Melcorka and Bradan.”
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Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and educated at the University of Dundee, I write in a variety of genres, from academic history to folklore, historical fiction to fantasy. I won the Dundee International Book Prize with my novel ‘Whales for the Wizard’ in 2005 and was a winner in the People’s Book Prize with ‘The Darkest Walk’ in 2011.
Happily married for 35 years, I have three grown children and live in darkest Moray in northern Scotland, close by a 13th century abbey and with buzzards and deer more common than people.