K.V. Johansen Author of Fantasy and Children's Literature
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The Serpent Bride

he Serpent Bride is a collection of ten stories inspired by the ballads of medieval Denmark.

Among the stories retold in The Serpent Bride are those of Benedikte, whose brother dooms her to life as snake in order to steal her inheritance; Ellensborg, who sails for the Holy Land with a crew of maidens to fetch home her straying lover; jilted Nils, set by a ghostly huntsman to the pursuit of a doe that is not all it seems; and that of Germand Gladensvend and Silverlad, shape-shifting lovers kept apart by a mother's desperate bargain with a troll.

These are stories of magic used for good and ill, of heroic ladies and knights, of lovers and trolls, of dragons and animal transformations. They are also the stories of determined women, of merchants and farmers and crusaders, and of the extremes of emotion that throughout human history have lurked beneath the surface of everyday life, to be given shape and safe release in the folk and fairy tales of all nations.

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...and check out my latest book, Blackdog, an epic fantasy novel published by Pyr Sept 2011...

The Serpent Bride

The Serpent Bride, a collection of short stories based on Mediæval Danish Ballads, published by Thistledown Press
ISBN: 1-895449-82-0

"Any lover of fantasy and fiction will appreciate this collection"
- Atlantic Books Today

"...here's a crossover book that will likely please anyone who hungers for a good story..."
- Bill Robertson, Saskatoon Star Phoenix

"A most appealing collection - highly recommended"
-Canadian Review of Materials Magazine