From a single word in line 2,022 of Beowulf — the name “Freawaru”— a whole new epic has emerged that sprawls across much of the North Sea Culture Zone.
This second volume of “The Women of Beowulf” trilogy is as resplendent of detail and excitement and insight as the first—and as mesmerizing.”
Freawaru, the fabulous female: An excellent follow up of the first in the triad. Lead Freawaru! Lead your people from betrayal to a new land and life. Show your royal blood! Seek your destiny among the Geats. You’re a queen among queens, a worthy partner to Beowulf, a legacy for the Norse. An enjoyable read. Well researched, well imagined life among the Norse. Particularly liked the women’s rituals at sacred places.JD Howell
A great yarn! The second of Donnita Rogers’ historical novel following the life of Freawaru, daughter of Hrothgar, this book was fantastic! As with the first, the book is grippingly accurate in its assessment of Anglo-Saxon and Viking history and culture. It is also funny, a bit bawdy, moving, sad, and wonderfully engaging. A great book for high school and college students, as well as thoughtful and intelligent readers everywhere.K Jager
What is the meaning of those recurring dragon sightings in the night sky . . . . What do they portend??
Fleeing to Beowulf’s country after the deaths of her father and brothers in Denmark, Freawaru arrives in the midst of a crisis: Beowulf’s king has been killed in a raid. Can Freawaru build a new life among the Geats for herself and the child she carries?
The increasing attraction between Beowulf and Freawaru is complicated by a vow each has made to the gods and is threatened by the demands of a rival queen.
At home, Freawaru leads the women in worshipping the goddess — the source of Freawaru’s own powers. Abroad, her gifts as seeress and peacemaker are put to the test when she attends the Great Sacrifice at Uppsala.
Caught up in the on-going warfare between the Geats and the Swedes, she desperately seeks to foresee the future for herself and Beowulf.