At Helheim’s Gate
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, LGTBQ, Action, Psychological, Science Fiction, ABO
Author: E.J. Wolfe
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Beyond the shoreline of Norway, in the middle of the Greenland Sea, lies the Áseldaskáli Archipelago, the Fire-Hall of the Gods, home to some of the most ancient dragon species and a collection of Nordic tribes known to the world as the Rekkr Vinfengi. As of three hundred years ago, when the islands of the Rekkr Vinfengi were included in the European and World Alliance, it has also been known to most people as the birthplace of dragons.
Not much has changed from the beginning of the Rekkr Vinfengi to the year 2014, while the rest of the world has taken a running start with magic. While other places have skyscrapers, a lot of the draw of the archipelago is the old world simplicity of it. It wasn’t the tourist trap that other places were, but they had enough tourists come through that the economy of the archipelago was stable.
On the island of Calder, names were chosen based on the time of the year a person is born. If your birthday coincided with someone of your family line, you were named in their honor. Unfortunately, the closest ancestor in a young man’s line is a name that will haunt him for his entire life and all the superstition that came with it. No matter how his mentor and father figure claims that it is a name to be worn with pride, he knows that the look in his father’s eyes, the hilmir of their island and leader of the Rekkr Vinfengi, is everything but pride.
After all, a Bregðask is a bregðask, and no Bregðask has lived past the age of twenty either struck down by sickness or combat. The current record was actually fifteen years old thanks to him.
He only had to hold out until he turned twenty years old so he could be legally old enough to travel beyond the archipelago and maybe leave the horrible name behind.
Unfortunately, nothing is ever that easy.