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Book One of the Ærndis Trilogy

By Harold M. Engström

Copyright 2012 by Harold M. Engström

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Cover Design: Cal Sharp, Creative Director at Caligraphics.

Thanks to: Ann and the late Gus Engström; Monte, Jennifer and the Ward boys; Paul, Esther and the Weller family; G. Eric and Emily Engström; Bonnie Weaver; Lisa Weaver; Randy and Barbara Miller; Rusty LeSueur; Adam Cooper; Ty Hampton; Paul Galloway; Lisa Taylor; Cal Sharp, Northside Productions – Mesa, AZ; the Mayers, the Steinforts, the Whites, and the Colliers from PHV, Heidelberg, Germany.

Special Thanks to: Michael Janney and Thomas Bond

For Beverly, McKinley, Victoria, and Audrey

Without whose love and support this journey would not have been possible, and without whom any journey through time and/or space – like this one – wouldn’t be much fun

“Old myths, old gods, old heroes have never died. They are only sleeping at the bottom of our mind, waiting for our call.” - Stanley Kunitz (1905 – 2006)

Chapter 1

980 A.D. – Svealand (Sweden)

Though an immortal with the authority of The Fates vested in her, Ærndis came to lament her status as a norn, though she was not entirely unhappy. She relished being an immortal and having immense power bestowed upon her. Nevertheless, she almost equally longed for the physical pleasures, joys, and desires of mortality.

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