Dolores A McCabe
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Moira is a handful. The year is 795. When Moira learns that she must enter a convent, she rebelliously runs away into the hills. Eventually she descends to Lairge to find a chaotic and violent battle between the Irish and the Northmen. Without thinking, she picks up a sword and swings at an invader. He is greatly amused.
Eirik Ivarsson woos this strange red-haired girl and persuades her to be his wife. Moira tries to adapt to her new life among strangers whose ways are incomprehensible to her. Although still pagan, the Vikings have a high level of civilization and complex moral codes buried beneath a spirit of personal freedom unknown in early Medieval Europe.
Northwind follows the fortunes of the Ivarsson family as seen through Moira's eyes. Northwind takes us from the dire poverty of Scandinavia to the struggle for trade along the Dneiper river, to the fabulous wealth of Byzantium, where the Iarssons are taken into the emperor's elite Varangian Guard. Wen they return to Nrway after fifteen years they must come to terms with who they are and what they mean to each other. Nrthwind is a romance because it follows the lives and destinies of this remarkable, resilient young woman and the men who loved her. Northwind begins with the fateful clash between Moira and Eirik and ends with the battle between Eirik and his half-brother, Harald. After a lifetime of adventure, the Northwind descends upon them without warning and sweeps them into a dark confrontation with the truth that will resolve in a mystical blend of free will, rebellion, forgiveness and redemption.