- On Sparta by Plutarch
- The Vikings in History by F.Donald Logan
- The Vikings by Tony Allen
- The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings by John Haywood
- Warriors of the Dark Ages by Jennifer Laing
- Weapons by Edwin Tunis
- Oars Sails & Steam by Edwin Tunis
- The Year 1000 by Robert Lacey & Danny Danziger
- The Concise History of Costume & Fashion by James Laver
What crops would and would not grow there. What animals and birds might live there. What their homes and clothing and tools and weapons would be like. What life might be life with the seasonal darkness and how much importance they might place on those precious few months of sunlight.
A hard life. People focused on survival with no time for frivoloties like art and culture. A total shock for the rather sheltered Verdeen. She's a bookworm like me. Whenever she's faced with the unknown, she does what I do--she looks it up.
"What were you reading this time?" Verdeen heard the queen pick up the book
from the bedside table. "'The Art of Chivalry'? Ugh. This dates back to
Kiel Brightblade's reign. The fool who banned women from the military. Whyever
would you be reading this accursed tome?"
"I wanted to know why," Verdeen confessed. "I wanted to understand why he did
"Always trying to find the answers in books. Not all tough questions have
simple answers. You can't always look it up."
"I know, but books are a good place to start."
"And did you receive your expected enlightenment?" Queen Dara's tone was
"Nay. All it did was make me angry. As if having breasts makes one incapable
of wielding a sword."
"Acourse not, which is why we revoked that particular edict."
"A lot of good that did me. Everyone's turned against me. My own family
didn't show. The war mares rejected me..." Verdeen's voice trailed off.
Of course, in the case of Aryk and Isadorykja, the books prove useless as the public preconceptions turn out to be largely inaccurate. Sometimes, nothing beats hands-on research!
RIEVER'S HEART, Book 5 in the Guardians of Light series, is available 9/27/11 from Samhain Publishing.