"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.