THE SHIELD-MAIDEN by Michael “Tinker” Pearce and Linda Pearce
The Shield-Maiden is part of the Foreworld saga and focuses on the Vikings. In particular, the story focuses on Sigrid Pettirsdottir, a Viking maiden who fights in battle beside the male warriors. She’s noticed by Halldor, one of the Shield-Brethren that tend to take center stage in the Foreworld novels. Halldor has the Vor – the fate sense that nudges him a little past human on ability and perceptions. He knows that Sigrid has it as well, and that if she isn’t trained properly, she’s a threat to others.
The Foreworld series is dynamic and interesting because it opens up history in a lot of ways. The original authors tried to bring realistic fighting and a sense of civilization into the stories, and Linda and Michael “Tinker” Pearce do a bang-up job of it in this novella.
I enjoyed the description of the everyday life of the Vikings as much as I did the action. Michael Pearce is a sword-maker and author of The Medieval Sword in the Modern World. He’s skilled in martial arts and works as a fight choreographer, which shows in the narrative.
Sigrid becomes a real person throughout the story and I feel like I got to know her well. Her family and friends are highlights throughout the story, and watching her try to sort through things.
This was my first foray into the Foreworld universe, but I’m now intrigued and will be picking up other stories in the series.