Ice Land

by Betsy Tobin

  • Published: 01 Jan 2009
  • Price: £7.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 368p
  • ISBN: 978-1-906021-34-4
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‘The men here are of a wandering nature. They look to the horizon and refuse to let it lie. But they always return, if the sea or the sword does not claim them. For this island pulls on its people. Once settled here they are bound, both by its beauty and its harshness.’

Ice Land is an epic tale of forbidden love. Set in the year 1000 AD, in the shadow of a smouldering volcano, it portrays a society on the brink of change, where the old values of loyalty and kinship are threatened by a new world order.

Freya knows that her people are doomed. Warned by the Fates of an impending catastrophe, she goes in search of a magnificent gold necklace said to have the power to alter the course of history. But to obtain the necklace, she must pay a terrible price and sell herself to the four brothers who created it.

Infused with the rich history and mythology of Iceland, Betsy Tobin’s novel is a moving meditation on desire, the nature of belief and the redemptive power of the earth.

“A lyrically written epic inspired by the beauty and history of that island, and the rich world of Norse mythology that infuses it…” — Sunday Telegraph

“Tobin combines the sensuality of Angela Carter with a profound feeling for a violent unstable and fascinating landscape… this world pulses with subversion and unexpected passion.” — Saturday Telegraph

“Tobin’s novels are dark and bloody, sensual and mythic. They are also set in a past that, thanks to her skill at inhabiting her characters, seems often more immediate than the world around us…” — Observer

“Triuphant” — Time Out

About Betsy Tobin

Betsy Tobin was born in the American Midwest and moved to England in 1989. She is the author of two other novels, Bone House and The Bounce. She lives in London with her husband and four children.