Inspired by Frans Bengtsson, Martin Widmark really lays it on thick in a series of full-blooded yarns about young Halvdan who ends up in one adventure after the other together with his companion Meia.
The Gateway to Byzantium is the fifth part of the series “Halvdan Viking".
In The Gateway to Byzantium, Halvdan, Meia, Björn and Grimulf finally reach Byzantium where Halvdan hopes to find his father. They search in Sofia’s church where they find Halvdan’s name etched on a railing. They receive unexpected help from a girl called Disa who leads them to the City Prison where from a terrace rooftop they catch sight of Halvdan’s father. But how can they free him? And if that’s not enough they have to somehow get into the emperor’s palace and take the red ruby, Oden’s other eye.