Sagas Krönika is the first novel in a historical fiction collection written by Agneta Arnesson-Westerdahl. Sagas Krönika unveils the brutality of the Norse Slave Trade, while providing vivid imagery and a detailed glimpse into everyday life during the Viking Age.

"A well-written, diverse and undeniably exciting story with noteworthy and detailed descriptions of the Vikings' environment and culture."

− Ola Sollerman, Gotlands Tidningar (Newspaper), 2012

"An anthropological and pragmatic story, which is fantastic! ... Arnesson Westerdahl has without doubt produced a finely detailed and well-written book … I am looking forward the continuation of the story!"

− Torsten Daun, Gotlands Allehanda (Newspaper), 2013

"It is easy to fall in love with this book. Mainly due to it’s detailed and descriptive illustrations of everyday life, especially of those enslaved… a credible and vivid depiction of life during the early Viking Age!"

− Roberto Dünkelberg, Populär Arkeologi (Popular Archaeology), 2012

"Agneta Arnesson Westerdahl ... ties together the Viking Age with the present in Sagas Krönika ... What’s even more interesting is how she weaves in names from Norse mythology and monarchies... It's a substantial project that requires extensive knowledge of the time. Westerdahl brings it home, by highlighting the similarities between present-day domestic violence and vulnerability."

− Jonna Fries, Dalarnas Tidningar (Newspaper), 2012

"... The detailed illustrations and course of events, teach us about the manners and customs of the time, while simultaneously building a fascinating storyline. Pillaging and plundering, adventures to the East, and portrayals of strong, powerful women, of whom are still viewed as role models today... The language is clear and concise… and the time specific words are easy to grasp."

− Library Services (BTJ) Booklet no. 17, 2012

"The book is about the human trafficking that took place during the Viking Age, and is largely comparable with human trafficking still present today. Sagas Krönika is fiction, but Saga's destiny is based upon the true story of the Queen of Oseberg, that took place in the early 800s in Scandinavia. Though fastened in the past, the language, story and style are like any modern relation drama that appeals to the young and old alike."

− Gotland Librarian Maja Markhouss, Visby

"Delightfully overflowing but stylistically well structured. Plunder, murder, slavery, and sexual assaults are abundant. It’s a brutal world that the author manages to describe in a realistic yet sensible manner… cleverly well done."

− Lecturer, Writers' Center East (Författarcentrum Öst)

"The setting is phenomenally well done. The imagery is beautiful and subtle, and at times surprising and breathtaking. An exciting historic novel with an important conceptual framework that is interwoven within the adventures. The language is simple, beautiful and timeless."

− Lecturer Services, Writers' Center East (Författarcentrum Öst)

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About the book

Saga comes to the revelation that she must escape from her clan in Southern Norway or risk being killed by her own brother. Caught in between a girl and young woman, she leaves with nothing in search of salvation. Saga finds protection at Skiringssals farm, but her safety is short lived, forcing her to flee with a merchant ship to Brännö and Ribe. On board she meets, Torleif and Rhani. Sagas Krönika is the tale of trio’s journey amidst trading posts and slave markets in Southern Scandinavia.

Along the way Saga encounters the eagle, Tjatse, and he turns out to be more significant for her life than she suspects. The so-called Queen of Oseberg has a central role in the story, as well as the construction of the Oseberg ship. The story continuous to unfold leading up to the historical burial in Oseberg in 834 A.D.

Sagas Krönika narrates various life stories in a time that was harsh and cruel, but also rich in experiences and encounters. The reader gains a deeper understanding of the sacrificial practices of the time, and their importance to Norse mythology as word of a new threating god begins to emerge. This includes the holy feasts and blessing of Midsummer and Summer Solstice, tainted with the scent of smoke and blood.

Agneta Arnesson-Westerdahl is an Archaeologist and Osteologist with her historical interest rooted in contemporary human beings. Sagas Krönika portrays a powerful story about humanity in a time when women, much like today, could be both highly vulnerable and high ranking. Thus, women of the time were largely viewed as commodities in a strict hierarchical culture, built on the premises of honor and family linage.

The book’s cover art is by, Jordi Arkö.

About the Author

Agneta Arnesson Westerdahl has a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Osteology from Gothenburg and Stockholm Universities. Arnesson-Westerdahl has worked as magazine editor, co-author of popular science books, as well as editor and author of governmental investigations.  In 2014, Arnesson-Westerdahl was accepted as a member of The Swedish Writers’ Union.


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