Saturday September 28 at 5 PM at Sunriver Books & Music William Sullivan presents The Ship in the Sand, a fascinating historic fiction, and a slide show, Vikings in Denmark and England. There will be refreshments and drawings for prizes. Sign up to attend this free event by calling 541-593-2525, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or stopping by Sunriver Books & Music.
In 958 LIfu lives in interesting times. Christianity is spreading, taking people away from the old ways. Lifu serves Queen Thyra, then her son, King Harald, a Viking who would unite Denmark and challenge England. Sullivan mixes Norse legend with the story of how a woman, Lifu, and a thoughtful King made history. In 1940 in Jelling, Denmark, Matte is a respected archeologist involved in important work. She is engaged to Julius, a handsome young man. A bright future lay before her. Then Nazis roll into Denmark and Hitler has taken an interest in her work. Julius is Jewish, even in Denmark it is no longer safe for him or his family. Sullivan inserts all sorts of great characters from history and clever details. This is a book that will entertain you while imparting some interesting facts from the past. Matte’s parents were main characters in Sullivan’s earlier book, Ship in the Hill. I enjoyed spending time with these well drawn characters, reading about their eras, and think you will too.
Ship in the Hill 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. In the 800’s Queen Asa of Agthur is 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. In 1904 Dr. Kirstin Williams is involved in the discovery of the Burial mound of the Dragon Longboat holding the skeletons of two women; there is no precedent for a woman buried in such a massive longboat.
Sullivan is best known for his very popular series of Oregon hiking guides. His works of fiction include The Case of Einstein’s Violin, The Case of D.B. Cooper’s Parachute,The Case of the Reborn Bhagwan, Oregon Variations and A Deeper Wild. Sullivan puts on fascinating presentations; he is an interesting speaker with a great deal of knowledge and a friendly welcoming manner.