Chapter 31: Tearlag’s Court

Day 376, Galway of the O’Connors Roisin yawned and adjusted in her chair, three hours’ sleep and Tearlag insisted she begin sitting at Court like Saoirse and Brynhildr used to do. Roisin yawned again and waved for a servant. “Might I have a cup of tea, thank you.” Roisin whispered, “One for Seamus too, please.”…

Chapter 30: Inishmaan

Day 375, Galway Bay   The winds rose and Vidar yanked the sails back into place while the ropes creaked and the waves moaned as they shoved them parallel to the shore. The barrier island, Inishmaan, was in sight.  They needed more strength to get there. A wave smashed over the side, drenching them all….

Chapter 29: The Leftovers

Day 375, Isle of Searbh “How could they take Biorn to that place?” Saoirse yelled. It was all coming back, the fog was breaking into a bright, painful light. She was pacing back and forth in their bedroom. Her hair was pulled back into a tight ponytail, she was in fresh clothing and was bathing…

How to Pronounce the Names and Places of Udal Cuain

Irish Gaelic is not an easy language to figure out, neither is Old Norse. But for authenticity to the ancient world of Ireland in the 9th century, I thought it was imperative to choose some truly Gaelic and Norse names. Here’s a quick guide to the places and characters of Udal Cuain (oo-doll coo-ayn). Riagan (ree-gihn)…

Chapter 28: Departure

Day 375, Isle of Searbh “But why are you going? We’re supposed to go together!” Fiachra demanded of his brothers. “With Riagan, not with Brighid and Carrick. This is idiotic.” Fiachra snarled. Biorn and Vidar quickly threw clothes in their packs. “It’s only idiotic because you aren’t going.” Biorn said. “They want me, someone finally…

Characters 04

Fiachra (left) and Biorn (right) playing Hurling.   Kinvara (left) and Aoibheann (right) sleeping after an argument, turned away from each other.