“The closest thing you’ll get to a time machine. Peter Fox’s rousing tale thrusts you into a Dark Age world that envelops every sense so powerfully you feel like you’re pounding through the mud beside the characters. A remarkable debut. Recommended.”
– James Wilde, bestselling author of the Hereward series
“…a rip-roaring yarn – class characters and a gripping story.“
– Robert Low, author of the Oathsworn series
“The Shadow of Fenrir has an intriguing premise, in-depth historical research, a touch of wry humour, and a story that pulls the reader firmly into the action.”
– Juliet Marillier, author of the Blackthorn & Grim and Warrior Bards series.
Rescued as an infant from the wreckage of his ship, Caelin ap Cadwyr has come to be raised as a Norseman, far from his homeland, his family and his destiny. Given a new name – Rathulf Thorvaldarsson – the orphaned Briton is approaching his sixteenth birthday determined to become a fully fledged Viking warrior.
Rathulf knows of his British origins, but a secret remains locked in an oaken trunk plucked from the wreckage all those years ago – a hidden birthright that will throw Rathulf’s chosen life wildly off course and reveal his true destiny.
Peter Fox is a historian, archaeologist and author whose work has seen him munching on spiders in the steamy jungles of Papua New Guinea, trying not to get lost in Australia’s vast national parks and exploring the major Viking sites across the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany – and of course the fjords of Norway.
While working (daydreaming) at the National Museum of Australia, Peter found a little-remarked passage in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle about an unlikely truce between the Vikings and the Britons of Dumnonia, the last great British kingdom of the Dark Ages. Nobody knows exactly why these sworn enemies decided to join forces, but Peter was determined to find the answer.
Or make one up.
The Shadow of Fenrir is Peter’s debut work of fiction and the first instalment in the five-part saga The Wolves of Dumnonia.