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Ice Land

by Betsy Tobin

In a paean to Iceland and its mythology, the author reworks Norse legend with strong feisty heroines. This is an epic tale of clan feuds and family loyalties, set in a volcanic land which still smoulders with passion and romance, beneath the glacial landscape . If you enjoy modern interpretations of the ancient oral sagas, you will love Ice Land.

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I went looking for him one day, and found his thighs wrapped around a swan maiden. He was so startled that he unwittingly changed shape. She got the shock of a lifetime, gold bristles or not. This last affair curdled something deep inside me. Afterwards, I shut myself inside the walls of Sessruminger with only my cats for company. Cats, I decided, had certain advantages over men. They were loyal without being sycophantic, independent without being absent, and affectionate without being rapacious. That they choke up balls of fur and leave dead rodents at my feet is unfortunate. But it is not grounds for divorce.

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Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter
Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien
 

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