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Femininity, slavery, religion, ownership, magic, hatred, and the intersection of cultures in early medieval Iceland.
Brutal and caustic at times.
Interesting that this book revolves around three (goddess-figure-like) women: "the maiden" (Bibrau, or, as I like to call her, "Satan's Daughter"); "the mother" (Katla, whose life makes me want to weep), and the crone (Thorbjörg, the wise woman of the old pagan ways; akin to a female Gandalf).
And one of its well-fleshed out rivalries is that between Paganism and emerging Christianity in medieval Scandinavia and Iceland.
It's like the Scandinavian Mists of Avalon.