The Book of Bera: Obsidian

A gripping Viking tale of one woman's courage, fighting old and new gods amid the savage beauty of Ice Island.

Bera, the Viking seer, has been having visions. During the hard birthing of her daughter, she feels the earth convulse, an upheaval that somehow links the black bead of her necklace to the precious stone: Obsidian.

As her destructive visions start to become reality, she has no choice but to set out for the Far North, to steal Obsidian and put it to use. But Bera is not the only one who wants the stone – to what lengths will she go to win it?

About the author

Suzie Wilde has an MA with Distinction in creative writing from the University of Sussex. In 2014, she was selected as one of the first six playwrights to take part in a series of workshops at the Criterion Theatre. She lives in Chichester. (@susiewilde)

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Why We Like It

On Suzie Wilde's first book Sea Paths: 

  1. "A terrific historical novel … instantly captivating and compelling" Lee Child
  2. "Startling … an impressive debut" Guardian

Suzie Wilde was born in Portsmouth in a flat that looked out over a graveyard towards the sea. She can still tell when the tide has turned. Her father, David Shackleton, told her they were related to the famous explorer and converted a lifeboat into a cabin cruiser called Freya. After one summer of adventure, Freya went out with the ice in a terrible winter and was never found. 

Suzie studied English at UCL, where she studied Anglo-Saxon, and went on to teach 11-18 yr olds English and Drama. She has an MA in Creative Writing and now teaches it. She visits Iceland frequently for inspiration.

Eric Brown in The Guardian Saturday 17th June 2017

"In The Book of Bera, Suzie Wilde heaps misfortune after catastrophe on the shoulders of her young protagonist, the eponymous Bera, and then catalogues her efforts to understand and overcome her lot. Bera is blessed – or cursed – with “sight”, the ability to see into the future, control the forces of nature and ward off evil spirits. She lost her mother when young, and loses her best friend; her father then weds her against her will to another clan. The setting is not that of some generic feudal/pastoral fantasy, but a lovingly detailed Norse land that Wilde brings to startling life along with the minutiae of Viking culture. As Bera grows with the knowledge of her gift, she foresees disaster ahead for her new clan, and is torn between the need to save her people and the desire to avenge the slaughter of her childhood friend. The first volume of the Sea Paths series, this is an impressive debut."


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