The Ship in the Sand

A historical novel set in Denmark and England, "The Ship in the Sand" follows on the success of Sullivan's first Viking-age novel, "The Ship in the Hill," set in Norway.

Harald Bluetooth, the first king of a united Denmark, was a Viking with a conscience. When an English king slaughtered his daughter in a genocidal attach, the Danes took over the English throne. A thousand years later, the English returned the favor by freeing Denmark from the tyranny of the German Nazis. 

The book alternates chapters between the two eras, following the Danish archeologist Mette Anderson as she struggles to help her Jewish fiance in World War II. Meanwhile in the Viking age, a sorceress spies for three kings but also serves a mysterious deeper purpose at the behest of the Norse gods. Who is right, and who will win? Only the gods and the archeologists seem to know.

This book can be read separately, but it is also the second in the Viking Saga series, which includes The Ship in the Hill (Book 1) and The Ship in the Woods (Book 3)

Praise for The Ship in the Sand:

"There's no more exciting introduction to two perilous periods of history — a book full of intrigue and heart-pounding moments.” – Martha Bayless, Professor of Medieval Studies, University of Oregon

“I enjoyed the book! Well done.” – Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books & Music

352 pages, 5-1/2"x8-1/2", 2 maps, 60 pen-and-ink drawings by Karen Sullivan

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