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The Valkyrie


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A glorious, lyrical Norse mythology retelling from a SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author

About the Author

Kate Heartfield is the author of The Embroidered Book, a historical fantasy novel out in February 2022. Her debut novel won Canada's Aurora Award, and her novellas, stories and games have been shortlisted for the Nebula, Locus, Crawford, Sunburst and Aurora awards. A former journalist, Kate lives near Ottawa, Canada.


Praise for The Valkyrie

'Reading THE VALKYRIE,I felt as if I were meeting old friends again for the first time. Kate Heartfield as taken a story I've read in many incarnations and still surprised and delighted me. Practically every sentence is a brilliant kenning, glittering brightly enough to match Fafnir's hoard. This fierce and imaginative retelling, full of history and magic, does for the Ring Cycle what Atwood's PENELOPIAD did for THE ODYSSEY'
Chadwick Ginther, the Aurora-winning author of THE THUNDER ROAD trilogy

'THE VALKYRIE is a richly-told and deeply-felt tale about finding ones place in the world. A sharp, radiant book to fit the women whose stories it recounts. Kate Heartfield is one of those rare writers who always make me feel as if what they're writing, no matter how fantastical, is true. Whatever she told me in a story, I would believe it. Gods, dragons and all.'
Natalia Theodoridou, winner of the World Fantasy Award

'THE VALKYRIE sings, like the epic it is, without ever letting go of its groundedness, its bloodiedness. A secret history of the sagas, a story from behind the stories of old-a war story, a love story that, once you see it emerge gleaming and gory from those bardic silences, seems like it was always there.'
Vajra Chandrasekera, author of THE SAINT OF THE BRIGHT DOORS

Praise for Kate Heartfield

'Where fantasy and history meet...An entertaining and dark read'

'An absorbing novel...a fine balance between history and fantasy'

JJA Harwood

'Beautifully written'
Elizabeth Chadwick

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