The Ship in the Woods
NEW! "The Ship in the Woods" tells the story of the Swedish Vikings who conquered Russia -- and the Swedish archeologists who raised the Vasa ship in the 1960s Cold War.
The book alternates chapters between the two timelines a thousand years apart. Actual artifacts discovered in modern times are brought to life in the chapters set in the Viking Age.
The Swedish Vikings who founded Russia named the realm after their leader, Rurik. After sailing their ships on rivers to the Black Sea, they besieged the fabled Byzantine capital of Constantinople.
A thousand years later archeologists discovered the graves of some of those warriors, including a powerful woman whose remains were long misidentified as male. Who was she? What role did she play in the Vikings' Russian empire?
Although the novel's plots stand on their own, this is the third in Sullivan's series of historical novels about the Viking Age and archeology. Some of the characters and situations develop throughout the series, starting with "The Ship in the Hill" (set in Norway) and "The Ship in the Sand" (set in Denmark). The final book of the series, "The Ship in the Ice" (set in Iceland and America), will be published in 2024.
Suggested retail price: $14.95
By William L. Sullivan. Illustrated by Karen Sorensen Sullivan. 362 pages, 5-1/2"x8-1/2", 3 maps, 60 pen-and-ink drawings