It is 1036. Halfdan is a Viking mercenary who travels to Constantinople to become one of the Viking Guard serving Empress Zoe. He promises to take his daughter, but one morning Solveig wakes up to find him gone. Setting off in her own boat, she is determined to make the journey from Norway to the breathtaking city
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'On the run, are you?'
Solveig shook her head.
'Too many beatings?'
Solveig flinched by she gazed straight into Red Ottar's eyes and didn't blink.
'Or worse,' said Red Ottar. 'Put your carving knife into someone, did you?'
'She's looking for passage,' Turpin said. 'Safe passage.'
'I'm following my father,' Solveig replied. She opened her eyes wide, one grey, one violet.
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