Set in the 900s, this is the tale of 16-year-old Melkorka, an Irish princess. When she and her younger sister are sent into hiding, they are captured before reaching their destination. Taken aboard a slave ship, the two girls struggle to survive in one piece throughout the journey. After her younger sister escapes into the icy waters, Melkorka falls into despair. More captives are taken…and sold as slaves, as the ship travels through Russia. Eventually, even Melkorka is sold, and makes the trip to Iceland.
This story is based on a mentioning in an Icelandic Saga of a real Irish princess named Melkorka who was enslaved and taken to Iceland.
I very much enjoyed this story, and only wish that the author would have continued it a bit more. It goes on the “Looking for something to read? Try this book.” list.