A Mankind Witch (Shadow of the Lion)
by Dave Freer
Cover Artist: Gary Ruddell
Review by Lucy Schmeidler
Baen Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416521150
Date: 27 February 2007 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
A Mankind Witch is a sequel to The Shadow of the Lion, by Lackey, Flint, and Freer, but only in the sense that it takes place in the same world, with some of the same characters; otherwise it is an entirely independent story. It is also funny, with situational rather than slapstick humor. From official release/information:
From back of book: To the North of the Holy Roman Empire lie the pagan Norse-lands. It is here that Manfred, Prince of Brittany, and his Icelandic bodyguard, Erik, must venture in the dead of winter, to a rugged land of trolls and ice. Their quest: to find a pagan relic, something so magical that it should not be possible to touch it, let alone steal it. Yet, it is gone. Unless it is recovered before Yuletide, a new Viking age will be born. King Vortenbras will lead his berserks in an orgy of rapine, looing and destruction across the Empire's unguarded flank.
Princess Signey is the King's older stepsister. Everyone believes her to be the thief, a witch and murderess. Everyone but Cair, her stable-thrall, a captured pirate with a hidden past. Cair doesn't believe in witches or magic, let alone that Signy could steal and murder. And if he has to drag the foremost knight of the age and his bodygruard kicking and screaming through the entire Norse underworld to prove it, he'll do it. Cair's a man of science, and he's used that to fake his way into being feared as a magic-worker. But for Signy, he'll be all of mankind's witches. He'll have to be Because that's what it'll take to defeat the dark magics massed against her.