William Sullivan - Ship In The Hill - Book Club discussion

Each year at Sunriver Books & Music we concentrate for one month on books from another region or country.  Norway is our focus for this September.  Literature can take us on journeys to distant lands and bridge the gap of cultural differences.  Books allow us to live in other cultures, walk through vastly different landscapes, and experience other lands through their pages.  Literature can help us understand our world. Sink into a comfy chair with a good book and visit Norway.  Our newsletter and website, sunriverbooks.com, will have suggestions for more books.

Book Clubs are on Monday at 6:30 PM, everyone is welcome, it is a great way to meet other passionate readers. 



September16th the Fiction Book Club will have the great treat of a discussion led by the author.  William Sullivan’s The Ship In The Hill is perfect for our Month of Norway!  You cannot have a month focusing on Norway without Vikings.  Sullivan delivers Vikings and great drama.  His story is set in two time frames. 825 when the Viking Gulroth kills Asa’s family and takes her to his Island home to be his Queen. She vows revenge.  Asa is an amazing character, even more so as she was quite real.  In 1904 Dr. Kristin Williams is involved in the archeological dig of a burial site with a dragon longboat.  Inside are the skeletons of two women, causing an uproar in the archeological community as woman were not normally given such an auspicious dragon boat for burial.  There is lots of action; wars in the 800’s and theft of relics in the 1900’s.  The writing is lively; it is an engaging story with a lot of history.




We hope you can join us for an interesting discussions focusing on Norway.








Event date: 

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

PO Box 1990
Sunriver Village Building 25C
97707 Sunriver
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ISBN: 9780981570143
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Navillus Press - February 1st, 2011

Sullivan’s story is a sprightly saga of Queen
Asa and her burial ship.  The ship is
quite real and so was the queen.  The
Osberg ship, dating from 834, was discovered in 1904-1905 by Norwegian
archeologist Haakon Shetelig and Swedish archeologist Gabriel Gustafson.  Sullivan crafts his story in two time frames,
both with strong female characters.  In
the 800’s he tells the saga of Queen Asa of Agthur, a beautiful woman, whose
father had the choice of many suitors. 
King Harald of Granraude selected Erik of Horthaland for his daughter,
rejecting Guthroth the Viking King. 
Rejecting Vikings is dangerous; they do not take it well. Guthroth kills
Asa’s family, sails her to his island home and forces her to be his bride.  Queen Asa swears revenge.  Her saga is full of drama: elaborate dragon
boats, battles, love stories, betrayal, and the ambitious campaign to unite a
country.  Queen Asa is a fiery, strong
character.  When she next meets Erik, he
asks a sacrifice she is unwilling to make. 
This period is rich in Norwegian history; conflicts, new rules of law,
and the bringing together of a nation.  Sullivan includes historical detail while
keeping the saga entertaining.  In 1904
Sullivan gives us a fictional American archeologist, Dr. Kirstin Williams,
involved in the discovery of the Burial mound of the Dragon Longboat.  Her colleagues are thrown for a loop.  They wanted her father and are not at all
comfortable when a woman arrives! The longboat is causing a great deal of
speculation and consternation too, it holds the skeletons of two women; there
is no precedent for a woman buried in such a massive longboat.  Kristin faces many challenges beyond the
discomfort of her fellow archeologists. Sullivan’s writing is lively, he makes
the stories of both women, in 825 and 1904, compelling.