A Viking Legend: The Violaceous Amethyst
Aoife Lennon-Ritchie, literary agent and author, brings out the first title in her humorous Viking-fantasy teen series, A Viking Legend: The Violaceous Amethyst.
This winter, siblings Ruairi and Dani Miller visit their grandmother in the legendary Viking island of Yondersaay. In less than twenty-four hours of their arrival, Ruairi is mistaken for the lost Boy King of Denmark, kidnapped by Vikings, and scheduled to be sacrificed at sundown. Granny isn’t very pleased. But when they are the only ones in town who fail to go “Viking,” the three turn to Granny’s extremely epic tales of the legends of Yondersaay, The Gifts of Odin, and King Dudo the Mightily Impressive for clues.
But not all stories end happily, and Ruari, Dani, and Granny will have to write their own happy ending if things are to return to normal. The Princess Bride meets Vikings in this enchanted tale of high adventure, buried treasure, villainous treachery, violent ends, and true love.
Specs: ISBN 9780639934358, A5 portrait, 240 pages.
* Originally published as 'The Extremely Epic Viking Tale of Yondersaay' by Month9Books in the USA (Oct, 2015).
I read this book four years ago and still remember it clearly: vivid images come to mind when I think of the story and how it unfolded with surprising twist and turns. There was a wise piece of advice in it that I still give to my children, that went along the lines of: if anyone tries to grab you, turn and run as fast as you can! It was an exciting and fast-paced story that made me laugh out loud in places.
What a novel just filled to the brim with laughs, perfectly moulded around dramatic tales of high adventure and good old Viking-style fun. Best of all, the characters have real heart and carry the mostly humorous story through internal developments that feel real and honest.
Outrageous yarns from the hilarious Queen spinner of tall tales.
As witty as A Series of Unfortunate Events, highly imaginative and wholly original, it’s a total blast. Chockablock with story, larger-than-life characters, mythology and monsters... It's Fun with a capital 'F'.
Smart, funny, exciting, sincere and rich with the genuine pleasures of story and escape. Making me want to take a yearly journey to Yondersaay, I hardly looked up from reading.”