Making a deal with Odin, the most powerful of the Norse gods, is a bad idea. Sigrene, who is considered one of the lowest of the low in Asgard, the Norse city of the gods, knows any dealings with Odin could get her killed, but after her friend is murdered, she is desperate to get justice.
When Sigrene learns the killer will be coming for her next, she’s pushed into action. What can she sacrifice to persuade the Norns, the three Fates, to teach her how to spin magic to uncover the murderer’s name? Between Odin, the vengeful Valkyries, and the dragon who gnaws on the roots of the World Tree, Sigrene makes powerful enemies at every level of the Norse Nine Realms. And every choice she makes leads her into more perilous places. No one alive has ever returned from the deepest of the Hel Realms: how can Sigrene?
SIGRENE’S BARGAIN WITH ODIN is a book of epic poetry that reads like a novel, paying special attention to form, sound, and imagery. CBC Poetry prize winner Zoë Landale’s tenth book is a thrilling tale woven from Norse mythology, centring a fierce female protagonist, contemplating the age-old quandary of where our loyalties lie, and how to act with integrity to find peace in a troubled world.
Zoë Landale has published ten books, edited two books, and her work appears in somewhere around fifty anthologies. She taught for fifteen years as a faculty member in the Creative Writing Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, British Columbia.