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  • Location: Sweden, Birka, Wales, London

Echoes of the Runes

Echoes of the Runes

Why a Booktrail?

895AD, 2000s: Their love was forbidden. But echoed in eternity.

  • ISBN: 978-1472268266
  • Genre: Historical, Religious

What you need to know before your trail

When Mia inherits her beloved grandmother’s summer cottage, Birch Thorpe, in Sweden, she faces a dilemma. Her fiance Charles urges her to sell and buy a swanky London home, but Mia cannot let it go easily. The request to carry out an archaeological dig for more Viking artefacts like the gold ring Mia’s grandmother also left her, offers her a reprieve from a decision – and from Charles.

Whilst Mia becomes absorbed in the dig’s discoveries, she finds herself drawn to archaeologist Haakon Berger. Like her, he can sense the past inhabitants whose lives are becoming more vivid every day. Trying to resist the growing attraction between them, Mia and Haakon begin to piece together the story of a Welsh noblewoman, Ceri, and the mysterious Viking, known as the ‘White Hawk’, who stole her away from her people in 869 AD.

As the present begins to echo the past, and enemies threaten Birch Thorpe’s inhabitants, they will all have to fight to protect what has become most precious to each of them..

Travel Guide

Viking saga and stories from Sweden to Wales to London

The island in the middle of the Stockholm archipelago is where much of the novel is focused – the history here and at the Birka Museum feature a lot of information that you read about in the novel.

From the website:

“Welcome to Birka, regarded as Sweden’s first city. The Viking City of Birka is situated on the island of Björkö in Lake Mälaren, Birka was one of the most important trading centers for Vikings. On the island you can go strolling in the cultural landscape, join a guided tour of the archaeological fields and visit the Birka Museum. You can also visit the reconstructed Viking village with its typical forges and weaving cabins.”

Stockholm History Museum

The Swedish History Museum is one of the biggest museums in Sweden. The museum houses gold and silver treasures, medieval art and unique finds from one of the most violent battles of Swedish history – the Battle of Gotland 1361.

London – The British Museum

Meanwhile over in London….The British Museum is where Mia works in the novel. There are Viking treasures here which should not be missed!

Wales is mentioned in the novel but there are no locations as such although the setting of a Viking village is strong!

 

 

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Echoes of the Runes

Destination/location: Wales, Sweden, Birka island, London  Author/guide: Christina Courtenay Departure Time: 869 AD

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