"I choose the slain!"
A pagan king lies dying. With his last words, he leaves his kingdom to his son, Elfgift.
But Elfgift is a bastard and a half-thing: the king's son by a beautiful elf-woman.
The king has other legitimate sons by his saintly Christian queen. Those sons have no intention of seeing their kingdom ruled by a pagan elf's get.
Arrmed men are sent to murder Elfgift and burn his farmstead. The brothers think themselves rid of their troublesome half-brother.
But Elfgift is not alone.
He has a powerful ally: the Battle-woman, Jarnseaxa.
She fetches Elfgift out of this world and teaches him to fight for his life and his crown.
She chooses the slain.