The Axe, The Snake Pit, In the Wilderness, The Son Avenger. These four novels constitute the epic saga of THE MASTER OF HESTVIKEN and represent one of the most remarkable triumphs of modern fiction.
What the Nobel-Prize-winning author has succeeded in doing is to transport the reader directly into the medieval world of 13th-century Norway - a world of harsh violence and haunting beauty, swift, brutal action and soaring spiritual questing. Against a magnificently evoked background of unspoiled nature and a society ruled by blood fealties and God-fearing Christianity, we follow the drama of a proud, powerful, impetuous man, the beautiful, vulnerable woman whom he loves despite her betrayal of him, the son they raise, and the awesome destiny they attain. Considered by Sigrid Undset as superior even to her world-famous trilogy KRISTIN LAVRANSDATTER, THE MASTER OF HESTVIKEN constitutes both a journey to a distant time and place, and a confrontation with the eternal conflicts of the human heart and soul.