Legally unable to refuse a forced-marriage, teenage Havi, an 8th century goat-rancher, is forced to wed a total stranger, only to learn that her new husband rules the largest clan in Sweden. Imprisoned in the first castle she has ever seen, Havi finds dangers surrounding her; royal demands, assassins, political foes, jealous rivals, and three mysterious sons, each representing a different threat to her and her newly-adopted clan.

Viking Women Demand Legal Rights!          

Ashamed of her meek capitulation on her horrific wedding night, Havi undertakes clandestine lessons in the den Skaanske Lov, the law-code of Scandinavia, which is forbidden to women, determined to undo the law that enslaves young brides.

Trapped in a loveless marriage, and captured by invaders, Havi must assume command of clan Austmadr while Sweden tilts on the brink of civil war. Havi endures legal accusations and defies existing laws in primitive courtrooms to save her homeland, spare her son's life, and hide her secret sexual trysts, of which the slightest rumor could destroy every clan in Scandinavia.

How did Viking women gain legal rights that would not exist in Europe for another 800 years?

Explore the summers of 8th century Sweden, when the men sailed off to viking, and in their absence, women fought for wealth, power, and sometimes for their lives; Viking Daughter describes a historical struggle for women's rights known to only a few. The legal systems described in Viking Daughter are authentic, derived from the oldest Scandinavian legal writings and exerpts from the Norse sagas, especially Njal's Saga. In those sagas, traditional attitudes and humors are reflected in Jay's work. The 8th Century Norse system of justice was faulty, political, and all too human; this was the battleground that Havi was born into, and where she fought the war that she had to win.

(Viking Daughter contains sex and violence
inappropriate for young readers.)