Normandie, 929 AD: Sigrid the Haughty threw her first suitor out a window, burned number two alive, and slit number three's throat. William, a Persian bastard, just seized the Norse throne for attempt four. Long live the King.
BERSERKER QUEEN is the true story of a Frankish princess who killed Viking kings. HBO-style costume drama, 'Vikings' meets 'Ertuğrul'. International setting, interracial cast. Iranian #ownvoices. R rated trauma, sex, and violence. Manuscript requested at the New York Pitch Conference by Amanda Ng of Penguin and Lyssa Keusch of William Morrow/Avon.
Sigrid turned the gilt-handled scissors in the darkness, watching the firelight glint off the blades. Imprisoned between two crosses, the symbol of that ever-encroaching pestilence of a religion, bands of contrasting steel spelt the craftsman’s name: ULFBERHT.
The expensive gifts flooding in since her fourteenth birthday had begun to blend together. Fine metalwork and rare gems did not tell which man would bring the best alliance. If anything, this most recent present only proved her suitor’s hubris. Ulfberht swords were the most famously expensive weapons in the world. Crucible steel, carried in from Persia and forged in jealous secrecy somewhere along the northern wilds by the sea, was said to never lose its edge. It could bend without breaking, twice the strength of ordinary steel, yet seemingly half the weight.
Her foster-sister Odetta admired them over her shoulder. “They’re magnificent.”
“They’re useless.” Sigrid ran her finger along one razor edge. They were too large to hang from her waist on a chatelaine, but Prince Otto had the outsize present made in whatever dimension necessary to fit the famous blacksmith’s name. “A lady’s scissors don’t need to pierce armour.”