Ana, the restless 17-year old daughter of a Portuguese ship captain, hides aboard her father's ship as a stowaway, eager to experience the world beyond the confines of her city. Little does she know however what adventure awaits as their ship heads up north into the deep waters of the North Atlantic...
This is a tale that springs from dreams, travel and experiences. It's wedded to a love of adventure and exploration.
This story is the first fantasy novel by Jan Manon.
Charting the unknown can be exciting and also challenging. My story is set in the 12th century but it is a fantasy, which gives me room to imagine and dream up possibilities. I still want the story to be grounded in place and human traditions of the period so readers will easily relate. Hence, I've explored local traditions of what people ate at the time, how they dressed, communicated and traveled in order to create an authentic story.
The story begins in Iberia (modern day Portugal and Spain) and covers the British Isles, Iceland, Norway, Svalbard and Jan Mayen.
This story is filled with characters ranging from a captain and his crew to nobles, royals, children in school, peasants, merchants and tribes.
The water plays a large role from Ana first traveling on board her father's ship to battles with warring clans and unexpected mysterious forces.