Books

Queen of the Cascades

Author
Widmark, Martin
Illustrator
Vänehem, Mats
Swedish title
Forsens Drottning
Series
Halvdan the viking
Category
Children \ Fiction 6-9
Pub Date
Aug 12, 2013
Format
128 pages, b/W illustrations

Taking inspiration from Frans G Bengtsson, Martin Widmark really lays it on thick in a series of full-blooded tales about the young lad Halvdan. Together with his comrade Meia he ends up in one adventure after the other. Queen of the Cascades is the fourth in the series Halvdan the Viking.


In Queen of the Cascades a boat is ready to leave for Miklagård (today’s Istanbul). Halvdan wants to find his father who has been on a Viking journey for the past five years.


Halvdan, Maia and Björn offer their help as rowers if they can go to Miklagård with Grimulf and his men.


The voyage there is a dizzy adventure. They are attacked by pirates, they encounter a true berserk, meet Patzinaks and Jomsvikings before they finally reach the Queen of the Cascades. It is only then that they face the greatest danger of all: a life-threatening journey through the seven boiling cascades at the outlet of the Dnieper.