The time of peace is over. The time of war has begun.
Bera is struggling to reconcile her desire to be an ordinary woman with
the weight of her Valla duty to shape the future. Love and friendship
vie with her longing for freedom at sea on her beloved longboat. Warned
that Chaos is coming and that Vikings have taken her kin as slaves, Bera
realises her destiny is to follow them to Wolf Island, a land that has
abandoned the old gods.
In a quest to save her loved ones, Bera must use her smith’s iron lore
and the knowledge of her Valla ancestors to follow an ancient path into
a dark labyrinth, where human time is meaningless. There, she confronts
her worst foe to finally bring peace – at the cost of a life.
The voyage that began with Sea Paths and continued with Obsidian
ends with Landfall, Bera’s most dangerous and important journey of
Suzie Wilde was born in Portsmouth in late summer, nearly on the beach. She is the sixth child of eight: the only girl and only survivor. Her father built a cabin cruiser called Freya but they both left one winter and she still misses the boat.
After teaching, Suzie has had many jobs: maritime researcher, masseur, postman, artist, podcaster, but always to support her writing. She gained an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing in 2011 and writes full time. She is mentor to fellow authors, runs workshops and most recently has a monthly book programme on local radio. Co-presented with a local independent bookseller, Talking Books promotes everything to do with reading.
Her debut novel, The Book of Bera: Sea Paths was published by Unbound in 2017; the sequel, Obsidian in 2019. Landfall is the final part of the trilogy, but also stands alone.
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So here we are at last, dear supporters. After lockdowns, rail strikes, postal strikes and Christmas I drove up to Unbound HQ to sign books. Aren't they lovely? These are the ones for the box set, so you can just see Book 1, Sea Paths, bottom right. What's next?
Check emails for Unbound request to confirm your address (this will get through even if you've unsubscribed from marketing emails…
22nd November 2022Sunday 29 January 2023
LANDFALL will launch here, at the wonderful Weald & Downland Living Museum, 12-4pm
I'll be back in touch just after Christmas with a proper invitation but save the day because it will be a celebration of a decade of Bera, and give her a proper send-off. We will be in the award-winning Gridshell building - like an upturned boat - with live music from Mark Vennis…
12th December 2021Corryvreckan: Our Maelstrom
Photo by Arvid Høidahl on Unsplash
Can you hear the sucking? We have the third largest whirlpool here in the UK and it features in LANDFALL. I call it the Corrybrecken in a story that must be told to stop the Blue Men swamping the longboat. First, an apology for the long wait. I think it will be worth it and it was confidential until publication: My editor, Liz Garner, was editing her father…
19th August 2021Neolithic rhythm (and blues) at Butser Ancient Farm
The origins of music - is it hardwired into us all in the womb, or as early humans? Both, probably. I'd like to share a couple of fascinating minutes with Trevor Creighton, an archaeologist at Butser Ancient Farm, who is leading the reconstruction of a Bronze Age roundhouse. Here, he's talking about building a neolithic longhouse. There's much, much more in the full length interview I did…
14th June 2021Hello, Stranger
I know. Robbed of money and then I vanish. So I'll keep this very simple for new subscribers (the old ones know authors go to ground for a while - and it's probably a relief!). I'm busy making an early draft into something that I'm proud of before I send it to my Development Editor in July. So ... on, on!
Here's a picture instead, especially for anyone catching up with the trilogy. (Did you know…
20th March 2021Ice Island had Bera - and Iceland has Yrsa
If you don't already follow Yrsa on Twitter, I really recommend it: she's very funny. Which is rather typical of crime writers, especially in Iceland. Anyway, truth isn't necessarily stranger than fiction because a good story usually comes from good research. So Obsidian has fantastical elements but catastrophic volcanic eruption wasn't one of them. And Yrsa (meaning Bear) is not only an award…
27th February 2021Nice Buns - and how to get them!
Photo by Scott Gummerson on Unsplash
Sorry, I couldn't resist trying to get your attention ...
Some of you loyal supporters will remember that in July 2017 when Sea Paths was just published, Richard and I swapped homes with Jonas and his family. We lived in their home in Sweden while they came to Chichester. He had brilliantly arranged for us to row a traditional long boat to an island church…
16th February 2021The Skraken Wakes: Bera’s Infinite Sea Chart II
Or, how to trace a drawing. Trawling through distant memory from schooldays, I used baking parchment before I got fancy. To find out what this is all about watch the short film with the sound on.
26th January 2021Bera's Map: An Infinite Sea Chart
So here I am - only a few pledges away from 80% funded and that's in lockdown! To say I am grateful to you lovely supporters is an understatement. I have not been idle. Determined from the start that Bera's journey would be completed with Unbound, I've been making sure the draft I will send to my wonderful editor is the best it can be. And then - this. The small picture shows two of the drawings…
22nd December 2020Gift Certificate
Look at this beauty!
If you deleted the Obsiidan update, here's what you missed ... or if you're a new supporter, this is what the Unbound elves have made for you:
We've found it handy as a not-in-person gift this Christmas, so hope you do too! All you have to do is pledge in the recipient's name and then download a gift certificate HERE
Have the best Christmas you can. It will be memorable…
8th December 2020Ravens Gift
It will come as no surprise to dear supporters that Iceland is (besides home) my favourite place in the world. It's also where the best Writers Retreat takes place each spring (except this year, of course!) and in 2019 I had this beauty amongst other celebrations of Icelandic design and culture: and now I'm going to give it to the person who gets me to 70%! What's more, I'll send it as soon as…
21st November 2020Heart to Heart
How does Landfall link Armistice Day, Krakow and Auntie Kate being a spinster?
15th October 2020Thank you
This short audio clip is a sincere thank you. It contains the very first two paragraphs, written in December 2010, that became The Book of Bera: Sea Paths. Little did I realise that her story was to become a trilogy, completing in 2020 only thanks to generous supporters like you. I'm so grateful that I promise not to bombard you with updates :) Spread the word!