Welcome to Sarah Dahl – Tales of Freya

April 20, 2017

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This month, may I welcome Sarah Dahl to my reader world. Sarah is from Aachen in Germany (where incidentally I placed Odile on her run from Germany in Odile’s War and Henri and Max on their run from Dusseldorf). She cleverly writes in English with a little Viking twist as you will see…

Sarah’s upcoming series Tales of Freya is a collection of sensual short stories set in the Viking age. Every story in that series is a stand-alone, and will be gradually released over the coming months (she is such a tease). And in each story, she will (literally) pull back the covers on another aspect of Viking lives …

In her words…

In a world of crackling fires and rough landscapes, long winters and bloody raids, the immediacy of life and death ignites undeniable passions. Warriors and monks, healers and housewives – all follow the call of their hearts and bodies to indulge in passions that may forever change their lives.

In every story in this series I zoom in on the smaller scale, the more ordinary people, the simpler intrigues, but also on the biggest emotions there are: love and lust, desire and revenge.

The Tales of Freya look into the hearts of very different characters of the time: The warrior Aldaith meets his real match only after the battle. Frustrated housewife Ingrid finds her liberation through a dangerous passion. Temptation turns the captured monk Alistair from a slave back into a man …

I try to bring the still fascinating world of clashing swords, dashing fighters, and independent women to authentic life through thorough – and often hilarious – research and discussions with people who know more details than me. I’ll talk more about this in the upcoming blog post along with the release of the first story in the series: The Current – A Battle of Seduction:

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A warrior recovering by a river is drawn into an unforeseen skirmish with a beautiful shield maiden. She invites him into the water for a very different battle …

In The Current, I’m not interested in the big battle that came before my story starts, not in the kings and chieftains and their politics. I zoom in on the rarely depicted story behind the story … and focus on the aftermath: What happens after the bloodshed? What does it do to the fighters, who are well-trained, honourable men (and women), but nevertheless: human and not invulnerable.

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I wanted to lure out the vulnerability in the invulnerable. I asked: What if my warrior’s match came in the form of a woman, a skilled and deadly, but seductive shield maiden who is in the mood for another, very different battle? Challenging him, but ultimately … healing him, easing his troubled mind?

So brutality turns into sensuality in an instant, and leaves the reader satisfied, yet craving more.

The Current – A Battle of Seduction releases April 24. Look out for my post on the day of release…

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