Sigrid is a Shield-Maiden who yearns to break free of the restrictions of her father’s home and join the Sworn Men in an actual raiding expedition. When a small diplomatic party that includes members of the Shield-Brethren lands at her family’s holding on Göttland, the party’s second in command, Halldor, sees in Sigrid a vision of beauty and power that might challenge - and even destroy - many men.
And when bloody chaos ensues at a nearby Viking fishing village, Sigrid proves she has more than mere talent: she has Vor - the fate sight - an astonishing focus in fighting that sets her apart from nearly all who have ever lived and puts her in the rare company of the finest Shield-Brethren.
But as Sigrid and her family confront her otherworldly ability, will it prove to be a gift to be celebrated, or an affliction to be cured?
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Great Story, we need more
Hearing the making of a Shield Maiden and her connection to the Vor (sp?) was incredible. And I believe the authors emphasized the way in which it effected those who had known her a long time. The short story emphasized the things it needed to and yet dwelled on the parts that it needed to to get the weight of the moment across.
The moment when Sigrid and the Sheild Brother (his name escapes me) fight. The interplay between her and him is very well played out.
I certainly would if the story had a female main character. My only issue was that it was hard to hear male voices from Mary Kowal. I have the same issues with males reading female parts. Its certainly heavily dependant on the listener.
I definitely felt some of the sadness Sigrid felt when her family became afraid of her and nearly cast her out. It pulls a person right into it.