The Chronicle of the Ostmen
Privileged young noble, became a hostage to a warlord in a raid on the monastery at Eire’s ecclesiastical heart land. Mael MacConaill is propelled into the Danish invasion of the British kingdoms during the late ninth century. The clash of religious traditions and lives is told through the experience of the battle for the last Saxon kingdom brought to a teetering threshold of existence by the onslaught of pagan forces.
The outsider in an alien culture within a foreign country he
is thrown into a brutal chaotic realm with only his resourcefulness he builds a reputation to thrive in a time of uncertainty. Where Christian lords have grasped the power of the written word as the story is told in the light of a lord’s patronage.
Maelstrom is the first episode in the series of illustrated stories of exploration through ninth century Europe and beyond.
A story of post-Roman Saxon Albion, under threat from invading opportunist Danish warlords told through the eyes of a boy hostage. The young Irish son of a lord has to weave his way through foreign cultures and beliefs to gain his manhood.
Maelstrom is the first book of the chronicle which describes the exploits of the ‘Ostmen’ on the quests we assign to mythic legend.
It is 869 and Ard Mhacha remains the preferred meeting place of the ancients. Within a land controlled by monks who tell the people how to act and what to learn, Mael MacConaill grows up a privileged young noble who has no interest in hearing about God’s plan for him to reach heaven. But when the monastery is suddenly raided by Ostmen, everything changes for Mael.
After he becomes a hostage to a warlord, Mael is unwittingly propelled into the chaos surrounding the Danish invasion of the British kingdoms. While a battle for the last Saxon kingdom ensues, Mael becomes an outsider in an alien culture within a foreign country. Now as he learns to rely on his resourcefulness to survive within a brutal chaotic realm, Mael must somehow find his way during an uncertain time when Christian lords dutifully follow the written word.
In this historical novel for teens, a young noble’s life is transformed during ninth century Europe and beyond after he is taken hostage during a raid on a monastery.
About the Author
Ian McKay Nunn has been a student of art and culture for over forty years. As an infant, his Scottish parents immigrated to a land of opportunity in the Antipodes in search of a better life. Ian draws his inspiration from his experiences living and growing in a foreign land with differing cultures. The Chronicle of the Ostmen is the first book in an intended series. Nunn currently lives in New South Wales, Australia.