A Thrall's Crown

By Peter Fox

Aneurin ap Cadwyr, crown prince of Dumnonia, is running for his life. Prompted to escape his Saxon masters by visions of his younger brother, Aneurin flees westward towards his former home. Weakened by years of slavery and hindered by the iron chains that bind his ankles, he collapses exhausted near the Saxon garrison town of Scirburne.

He wakes to find himself enthralled to a new master, Heremund, blacksmith to none other than Ecgberht, King of Wessex. And so Aneurin’s brief taste of freedom is snuffed out, and with it, his dreams of reclaiming his kingdom. His only hope now is Caelin, who he prays will find him before it’s too late.

In far away Norvegr, Caelin ap Cadwyr–known to his Viking family as Rathulf–is preparing to leave his fjordland home to seek out his brother. At his side is his best friend Alrik, but just days before setting sail, the curse of Fenrir strikes again…

A Thrall’s Crown is the second volume in the historical adventure series The Wolves of Dumnonia.

The Wolves of Dumnonia

The second of five books that comprise the Wolves of Dumnonia saga, A Thrall's Crown is a tale of ancient kingdoms, lost treasure and two bothers' quest to find one another and together reclaim their kingdom. 

Explore the rich world of the Wolves of Dumnonia here.

Set in the early 9th Century Viking Age against the dramatic backdrop of the Norwegian fjordlands, we continue to follow the turbulent coming-of-age of orphaned British prince, Caelin ap Cadwyr, AKA Rathulf Thorvaldarsson. It is both fast-moving adventure story and thoughtful portrayal of a young man struggling to find his place in an increasingly bewildering world. A Thrall's Crown also introduces Aneurin, Caelin's older brother, and we catch a glimpse of his life as a slave in the Saxon kingdom of Wessex. 

Inspired by events recorded in the early medieval Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the Wolves of Dumnonia saga recounts the twilight years of one of the last great British kingdoms: Dumnonia. The series follows the lives of the two surviving heirs, Aneurin and Caelin, who are symbolized by the two wolves of their family’s royal standard. Separated in childhood amidst their treacherous uncle’s violent conquest of Dumnonia, the two brothers have led utterly different lives as they have grown into manhood. A mystical strand of awareness binds them, however, and as the saga progresses, their paths begin to converge as each seeks out the other. Both wolven kin are driven by the same unwavering purpose: to one day return to their homeland and together reclaim their stolen kingdom.

Titles in the series are:

Book 1: The Shadow of Fenrir

Book 2: A Thrall’s Crown
Book 3: The Monk’s Sword
Book 4: Return of the Wolves
Book 5: Freki's Moon