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Viking Quest

by Edale Lane

Viking Quest - Edale Lane
Editions:Kindle: $ 4.99
Size: 5.50 x 8.00 in
Pages: 244
Paperback: $ 14.99
ISBN: 979-8524703118
Size: 5.50 x 8.00 in
Pages: 242

When secrets and lies threaten the throne, can a fierce champion tame her passion in time to stop a cruel enemy’s ruthless march?

Viking Warrior Princess Lena craves revenge. Hunting a killer after her husband is brutally slain, she discovers a shadowy traitor is at play behind the scenes, working to disrupt the balance of power. Placing her need for vengeance on hold when the king falls gravely ill, Lena leads an expedition to locate a fabled healer across a treacherous sea.

Caitlin had been snatched from her home in Eire and sold into slavery. She prayed for a means of escape, and in storms Lena to her rescue. She is grateful, but realizes her feelings for Lena run far deeper.

Mighty warrior Gunnar is loyal to the core. But when his lord orders him to sabotage the princess’s royal mission, he’s plagued by doubt, uncertain he’s fighting for the right side.

Beset by a plethora of dangers and delays, Lena battles foes on every front, even within her own heart as her love for Caitlin grows. Gunnar must choose between honor and fealty, but in the end, will a traitor’s blade end all their lives?

Viking Quest is a breathtaking historical fantasy novel. If you like principled characters, battles of conscience, and tender F/F romance, then you’ll love Edale Lane’s action-packed epic.

Buy Viking Quest to destroy a fearsome foe today!

Publisher: Nephilim Publishing
Cover Artists:
Tropes: Band of Brothers/Sisters, Band of Misfits, Big Sword, Conspiracy, Enemy to Ally, Fellowship, Lost Civilization, Person in Distress, Quest, Redemption Arc
Word Count: 88,500
Setting: Eleventh century Scandinavia
Languages Available: English
Tropes: Band of Brothers/Sisters, Band of Misfits, Big Sword, Conspiracy, Enemy to Ally, Fellowship, Lost Civilization, Person in Distress, Quest, Redemption Arc
Word Count: 88,500
Setting: Eleventh century Scandinavia
Languages Available: English

Rather than one single passage, I will tease you with my Audible script for Viking Quest

(Opening paragraphs)

It only took an instant, but to Lena it was like a lifetime. Just a glance over her shoulder, but instead of a fond smile, her husband’s face grimaced with pain. The short man beside him wrapped in a black cape yanked a bloody sword from Gilivar’s chest, and her husband crumpled to the embassy steps. This was not right. They were here in Rostock on a mission of peace, sent by his father, King Svein of Skuvoylund, to secure a trade agreement with the Pomeranians.


Without conscious thought, Lena’s warrior instincts kicked in, and she charged toward the assassin. He must have heard the pounding of her footfalls, for he looked up, alarm flashing in his eyes. Every feature of his face became emblazoned on her memory. The cowardly murderer spun and fled, and while her sole impulse was to run him down and choke the life out of him with her bare hands, Lena stopped beside her husband’s once powerful body. She fell beside him, her dress sweeping through the river of blood that flowed down the chiseled stones, and cradled his head in her lap.

(Lena and Caitlin)

“Caspian,” Lena directed as she rushed down the hall. “Ready three, no four longboats, one of them Gil-, my flagship. Send word to the Vikings. We need a force of sixteen men per vessel, twenty for the Fafnir, plus a helmsman and captain for each. You are with me and second in command. Make sure they are a trustworthy lot. The king’s life is at stake.”

“It is done, milady!” Caspian saluted with a tap of his left fist to his chest.

Lena’s focus was so fixed upon planning her mission, that she didn’t even see Caitlin walking down the corridor, and ran smack into her. “Excuse me,” she offered in apology.

“Did I hear ye right?” Caitlin asked. “Ye’re about to embark upon a voyage?”

“Yes, as soon as possible,” Lena replied as she lengthened her stride, but her young shadow kept pace. “The king is gravely ill; time is of the essence.”

“Then I’ll only ask for a moment of ye time.” Caitlin stopped and opened a chamber door. “This is the guest room I was assigned. Will you please step inside for a wee bit? I promise not to keep ye.”

 I knew bringing this girl home was going to be trouble, Lena thought, but her feet halted. “Is something wrong with the accommodations?” she asked, and followed Caitlin into the room.

“No, everythin’ is wonderful,” Caitlin assured her. Then the young woman’s demeanor shifted from appreciation to animation. “Take me with ye!”

(Hrolf and Gunnar)

The fierce mastiff, Gustav, sitting erect at Hrolf’s side, perked his ear and turned his head at the sound of approaching footsteps. The dog let out a deep woof before relaxing in recognition of the man. “My lord, you sent for me?” Before Hrolf realized it, Gunnar stood beside him.

“Yes,” he replied, lowering his bow. He looked up at his champion. “You have made a pledge to Odin, Thor, and the gods of old, and you have sworn your allegiance unto me.”

“This is true, my lord. My fathers served the Norse gods and they wait for me in Valhalla. Why should I denounce them? You, the king’s brother, are our best hope for a future. What do you wish of me?”

“I want you to join Lena’s voyage to Greenland.”

“You wish me to bring back the healer,” he responded with hesitation. Gunnar was herculean in stature, a competitive fighter, and brash where genteel manners were concerned, but he was above all an honorable man. Hrolf must be careful how he used this champion to avoid losing his service.

“No,” Hrolf corrected. “I require you to make sure that the mission fails. You see,” he explained with a gesture of his hand. “If it is Svein’s time to die, then that is what the gods have decreed. This hopeless quest to retrieve a so-called Christian healer is folly. I want you to sabotage the expedition. If enough things go wrong, then they will turn back.”

“I think I understand,” Gunnar replied with brows scrunched in concern.

“It is our time, my vassal,” Hrolf smiled, putting his hand on the big man’s arm. “Out with the old, in with the new. When I am king, it shall be you—not a woman or a slave—that commands our Vikings. You, Gunnar, in the position you were destined to fill. Think about that when you are out at sea.”

Reviews:Rachel Kalameja on Amazon wrote:

5.0 out of 5 stars Strong female lead on a quest!
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2021
If you enjoy strong female leads, Sapphic romance and adventure, I promise you will not want to miss this.

In my childhood and teenage years I have special memories of loving a book so much that I'd stay up reading all night under the covers. It is not very often that a book excites me that much these days. But I simply couldn't put this book down and found myself realizing it was 3 am and I was still hooked. I read the whole thing in 2 days, despite my busy schedule.

The story has a fast pace that keeps you fully engaged. The action is constantly moving, without losing any important details. The characters are all multilayered with a lot of growth from start to finish. We get to hear many of their inner voices in a unique way. It is a story of love and loyalty, where morality is often questioned when hard choices have to be made.

It inspired me to learn more about Vikings and their history, as it dispelled some of the more common tropes. Rather than being savages pillaging villages and stealing women, the majority of them are portrayed as 10th century "modern" Vikings. They all speak eloquently and from the heart, as if constantly quoting poetry and it is really a joy to read. There is also black, enslaved, Muslim character, who is treated with respect and admiration.

I will absolutely recommend this in the future, and I am sure I will read it again countless times.

**I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.**

DR on Amazon wrote:

5.0 out of 5 stars A woman Viking warrior princess...what more do ya need?
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2021
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An exciting informative read into the world of Vikings, the surrounding people groups they encountered/conquered and how Christianity changed their Norse gods belief system which led to the heart of civil war(s). Lena and Caitlin, although main characters, were supported by a strong secondary group of characters. I enjoyed the times of storytelling; helped the story along. The budding love story was well written. An enjoyable read.

Ida Umphers on Goodreads wrote:

June 28, 2021
Lena's husband is murdered as part of someone's scheme to take power in the kingdom. To protect the lives of her family and the property she now controls she sets out to find the traitor(s) and deal with them. In the process, she rescues Caitlin who immediately develops a serious case of Lena hero-worship and ends up staying with the Viking on her quest. The development of their relationship and the solution of the mystery of the traitor makes for a great story of high adventure and love.

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About the Author

Edale Lane is the pen name used by Melodie Romeo for her LGBTQ literature to differentiate from her more mainstream stories. Melodie Romeo is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in History from the University of West Florida. Ms Romeo is a retired school teacher who currently travels the country as an over the road truck driver with Prime, Inc. Her first book, Vlad, a Novel, ( an historical thriller, was published in 2002. She has short stories published in anthologies by Seventh Star Press, Charon Coin Press, Alban Lake Press, and Less Than Three Press. She has a son, Peter and daughter, Michele who both serve in the US Army, a daughter-in-law, Jessica and two grandsons, Mark and Asher. Melodie resides in Utica, MS with her longtime partner, Johanna. Some of her works can be found at
Melodie is also a musician who plays the French horn, composes, and has spent many years as a choral and instrumental director. She aspires to be a successful enough author to quit driving and devote herself to writing fulltime.