The Mark of the Bear Clan
Far Northern Saga, Book 1
by David Allen Schlaefer
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Pub Date 22 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 17 Jul 2021
DartFrog Books, DartFrog Plus
When the cold hand reaches southward,
reaches with its frozen fingers,
comes a child into the Northland,
all the clans to bring together.
The child is Ulla, a green-eyed girl from a hardscrabble village in Iron-Age Finland. Mauled by a bear, she is healed by the famous wizard Väinämöinen, but walks away with a striking scar that evokes an ancient prophecy. Hundreds of miles away, Prince Egan is thrust into power when his father is killed by a horrific shade from Hell.
The lives of the two young heroes intertwine as they battle Löhi, a powerful sorceress and the Far Northern Land’s ancient enemy. For Egan, this means overcoming the skepticism of his own people and the hidden self-doubt that gnaws at him deep inside. Torn from everyone she ever knew, Ulla embarks on a desperate search for love and belonging, and takes the first steps to becoming a wizard herself.
The Mark of the Bear Clan, Book I of the Far Northern Land Saga, goes where no epic fantasy series has ever gone before—Finnish mythology and the world of the Kalevala, where legendary heroes like the wizard Väinämöinen mix with original characters like Ulla and Egan to create a unique mosaic wholly new to fantasy literature.