Though Daughters of the Storm is a fantasy novel, the world of Thyrsland is based on Kim Wilkins’ research into the Anglo-Saxon period (which is sometimes called “the Dark Ages”). Like Anglo-Saxon scholar J.R.R. Tolkien (author of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy) Wilkin’s research included returning to the epic poem Beowulf. She even formed a Beowulf reading group to read the entire poem in its original Old English!

Seamus Heaney's poetic translation:
They dwell apart among wolves on the hills, on windswept crags and treacherous keshes, where cold streams pour down the mountain and disappear under mist and moorland. A few miles from here a frost-stiffened wood waits and keeps watch above a mere; the overhanging bank is a maze of tree-roots mirrored in its surface.

Ever wondered what Old English sounds like? Listen to Kim Wilkins read some of Beowulf in its original language below, describing where Grendel and his mother live. Click here to find out more.

The Seven Kingdoms of Thyrsland Map

From the mountains of Is-Hjarta in the north, to Aelmesse and the city of Blicstowe, this full-colour map of the Seven Kingdoms of Thyrsland captures the beauty and scale of Kim Wilkin's epic fantasy series, Blood and Gold, featuring the lands and locations found in the free ebook prequel The Crown of Rowan and the full length historical fantasy Daughters of the Storm!

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