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21733921_10159258246735024_1761480074_oSet in Viking Denmark before the invasion of Britain, the Children of Ribe is a Viking saga for both children and adults alike. Following the adventure traditions of Enid Blyton and Arthur Ransome, the Children of Ribe books are perfect for engaging even the most reluctant of readers. Packed with characters who are easy to identify with, mythic creatures, fairy tales, Viking culture, historic places, danger, family, honour, duty, betrayal, love and magic.

Welcome to Denmark, home of the Vikings

When fate knocks at the door, it doesn’t matter how old you are or whether you want to go on an adventure or not.

The town of Ribe is the home of four children whose lives are turned upside down when Dalla Ingeborgsdotter arrives in the town. The tales of the storyweavers are no longer just stories to be recited by the fireside and the long peace between the tribes of Denmark looks sure to be shattered.

23261976_10159490709670024_1063690484_oJoin Erland Kabelsen, Christian Andersen, Dalla Ingeborgsdotter, Eva Axeldatter, Riki Andersen and Wifrith the Wolf as they set out on a journey that will change their lives and save their people.

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23312958_10159490709210024_1025483640_oBook 1: FATE – http://bit.ly/2zZzE84
Book 2: WAR – http://bit.ly/2zY1Lob
Book 3: WIFRITH – http://bit.ly/2j4tH6P
Book 4: DOUBT – http://bit.ly/2AEab5a
Book 5: SKÅNE – http://bit.ly/2ABvTci
Book 6: SHIPWRECKED – http://bit.ly/2A1aExq
Book 7: FEAR – http://bit.ly/2kb1fwe
Book 8: HOME – http://bit.ly/2j0Cuq6

The Arm Rings of Yngvar Collection – http://bit.ly/2BW9lRR

The FATE Gift Set – http://bit.ly/2BKTapz

The FATE & WYRD Gift Set – http://bit.ly/2BSTl2Z

Just the Books Gift Set – http://bit.ly/2k7ncMO

The Arm Rings of Yngvar Gift Set – http://bit.ly/2iEuPKi

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The Children of Ribe is a Viking Saga for children bringing the culture and mythology of the Danish Vikings to life. The book series has been influenced by Enid Blyton, Arthur Ransome, Susan Cooper, J R R Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.

Based in Denmark during the time of the Vikings, these books are tales of magic and danger that are suitable for children from the ages of seven and up to read on their own but also perfect for people to read to children from the age of 4.

The Children of Ribe is a modern fairy tale that brings elements of Danish folklore and mythology to life mixed with elements of Viking culture. These books have been designed to help children with dyslexia to read. You can watch author C.S. Woolley talking about dyslexia and reading from FATE, book 1 in the Children of Ribe series here: https://youtu.be/EcnKLKa5c98

Whether you are interested in Vikings, studying them at school, or are simply shopping for the perfect gift for your favourite bookworm, the Children of Ribe series is just what you are looking for.

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If you follow C.S. Woolley or Mightier Than the Sword UK on any of our social media channels, then you will know about the back to school offer that is currently running. If not, then you’ll find all the details below.

20447422_10159024620095024_298263206_oThe Arm Rings of Yngvar Collection refers to the first eight books in the Children of Ribe series, which see the Children of Ribe searching for the arm rings of Yngvar. The Arm Rings of Yngvar gift set is an opportunity for readers to buy all eight paperbacks in a single bundle with the added bonus of an A3 map of the Danelands for 25% less than they would pay for buying each item separately.

Normally retailing at £56.99, the gift set is on offer at just £45 with £2.90 p&p for UK orders until 14th September 2017. On 15th September, the gift set will go back to being £56.99.

Claim your gift set now!

However this isn’t the only offer that is running right now.

bt_bronze_braceletsIf you are a regular visitor to the site, you may have seen the gorgeous bronze arm rings that have been crafted for us on display. These are currently out of stock, but we did have a request made for cheaper arm rings that children could play with. Thus the highly creative C.S. Woolley went to her drawing board, dredged up her costuming knowledge from days gone by and came up with a line of arm rings that are handmade to order out of polymer clay and retail for just £5 each plus p&p.

21729975_10159259171270024_933749259_oAs the arm rings are made out of polymer clay they are suitable for children and adults alike and as they are made to the specified size and number of each order without the use of moulds, each arm ring is unique.

So to celebrate the release of these little marvels, we’ve put together a second Arm Rings of Yngvar gift set that features all eight of the books in the Children of Ribe series, the A3 map of the Danelands and one of the polymer clay arm rings for just £56.99 until 21st September 2017. On 22nd September this gift set will be priced at £59.99.

So don’t miss out on your chance to take advantage of these great deals; claim your gift set now!

Welcome to Denmark, home of the Vikings

When fate knocks at the door, it doesn’t matter how old you are or whether you want to go on an adventure or not.

21744800_10159258246595024_240944598_oThe town of Ribe is the home of four children whose lives are turned upside down when Dalla Ingeborgsdotter arrives in the town. The tales of the storyweavers are no longer just stories to be recited by the fireside and the long peace between the tribes of Denmark looks sure to be shattered.

Join Erland Kabelsen, Christian Andersen, Dalla Ingeborgsdotter, Eva Axeldatter, Riki Andersen and Wifrith the Wolf as they set out on a journey that will change their lives and save their people.

21706459_10159259911355024_1310935111_oThe Children of Ribe is a Viking Saga for children bringing the culture and mythology of the Danish Vikings to life. The book series has been influenced by Enid Blyton, Arthur Ransome, Susan Cooper, J R R Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.

Based in Denmark during the time of the Vikings, these books are tales of magic and danger that are suitable for children from the ages of seven and up to read on their own but also perfect for people to read to children from the age of 4.

The Children of Ribe is a modern fairy tale that brings elements of Danish folklore and mythology to life mixed with elements of Viking culture. These books have been designed to help children with dyslexia to read. You can watch author C.S. Woolley talking about dyslexia and reading from FATE, book 1 in the Children of Ribe series here: https://youtu.be/EcnKLKa5c98

21585456_10159240303370024_1718988376_oWhether you are interested in Vikings, studying them at school, or are simply shopping for the perfect gift for your favourite bookworm, the Children of Ribe series is just what you are looking for.

 

FATE, Book 1 in the Children of Ribe series has been used by Marton Primary School in Cheshire to help teach the Viking part of the National Curriculum to their year 3 and 4 pupils.

It has been a day of excitement and squealing in the Mightier Than the Sword UK offices today. You may think there is nothing new there as we work in a world of books where geeks roam freely, but today has been a time when there has been a lot more squealing than normal.

The reason for all the squealing and excitement is that the photography of the completed arm rings of Yngvar has arrived and, well judge for yourself how beautiful it looks.

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We will admit that after the initial moment of awe had come and gone, the only person who kept squealing was C.S. Woolley, but it isn’t every day that you see the magical inventions of your imagination carefully crafted in bronze and ready to ship. (There is now a theory floating around that C.S. Woolley might actually be Sauron and that the arm rings are a cunning plot to enslave the world and plunge all the lands into a second darkness – we’ll keep you posted on that one).

But here is a closer look at each with a run down of which arm ring belongs to which book and how much you can get your very own arm ring for. Each has been crafted from solid bronze and made by hand using traditional Viking methods.

Thor’s Hammer Arm Ring

bt_thorshammer_bracelet_bronzeThis particular arm ring belongs to Erland and is guarded by the Disir, Aldis. Found in the cave close to the town of Lindholm, it is the first arm ring to be found and claimed. It is discovered in FATE.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

FATE Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of FATE and the Thor’s Hammer Arm Ring)

 

Dragon Head Twisted Arm Ring

bt_4mm_dragon_bracelet_bronzeThe dragon head arm ring is found by Riki is WAR. It is guarded by Thormar the dragon on the island of Fyn. It is the second arm ring to be claimed.

Price: £30

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

WAR Arm Ring Gift Set: £35 (includes a paperback and digital copy of WAR and the Dragon Head Twisted Arm Ring)

 

Wolf Head Twisted Arm Ring

bt_4mm_wolf_bracelet_bronzeThough you might have expected this to belong to Eva, this is actually Dalla’s arm ring. Found in the book WIFRITH, it is the third arm ring to be claimed and is guarded by Oda the Ellepige.

Price: £30

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

WIFRITH Arm Ring Gift Set: £35 (includes a paperback and digital copy of WIFRITH and the Wolf Head Twisted Arm Ring)

 

Danish Bracelet Arm Ring

bt_danish_bracelet_bronzeThe fourth arm ring of Yngvar to be found and claimed is the Danish Bracelet Arm Ring. It is found in DOUBT by Beatrix in the land of Álfheimr and is guarded by Þiagn the elf.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

DOUBT Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of DOUBT and the Danish Bracelet Arm Ring)

 

Odin’s Raven Twisted Arm Ring

bt_4mm_raven_head_bracelet_bronzeThe fifth of the arm rings to be found. The Odin’s Raven Twisted Arm Ring was found by Pieter on Skåne in the book of the same name. It is guarded by Pernille the Pesta.

Price: £30

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

SKÅNE Arm Ring Gift Set: £35 (includes a paperback and digital copy of SKÅNE and the Odin’s Raven Twisted Arm Ring)

 

Ship Bracelet Viking Arm Ring

bt_ship_bracelet_bronzeWhen a book is entitled SHIPWRECKED it is only fitting that the arm ring of Yngvar should be emblazoned with a ship. This arm ring is found by Camila and is the sixth arm ring to be claimed. It is guarded by Tokki the Draug.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

SHIPWRECKED Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of SHIPWRECKED and the Ship Bracelet Arm Ring)

 

Valknut Bracelet Arm Ring

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Guarded by Maren the Havsrå, this arm ring is found by Christian during the events of FEAR. It is the seventh arm ring to be found and was hidden close to the town of Roskilde.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

FEAR Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of FEAR and the Valknut Bracelet Arm Ring)

 

Jutland Bracelet Arm Ring

bt_jutland_bracelet_bronze_newThe final arm ring of Yngvar to be found during the events of HOME. It is claimed by Eva under the town of Ribe and guarded by Stefan, king of the Dvergar.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

HOME Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of HOME and the Valknut Bracelet Arm Ring)

There are currently 4 large Jutland bracelet arm rings available that are suitable for men’s wrists for £50 each including free UK delivery.

 

Want the whole set?

bt_bronze_braceletsIf you just can’t decide which arm ring to buy, then you can get the whole set.

Price: £230

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £11.80

 

The prices are based on the size and weight of the arm ring. The Twisted Arm Rings are lighter than the bracelets and the Jutland Bracelet is the heaviest of all the arm rings. To order simply visiting https://PayPal.Me/mttsuk/ and entering the amount due for the arm ring or gift set you want to purchase along with the additional comment of the name and address of the recipient. If you also include an email address, then a receipt and confirmation of shipping can be sent to you.

You can also order by emailing office@mightierthanthesworduk.com providing details of which items you want and where they are to be shipped, an invoice will be sent to you for the items ordered and once payment has been made your order will be dispatched.

Alternatively you can visit the Etsy Store to make a purchase.

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cnv00006-copySo today I, C.S. Woolley, am taking over the Mightier Than the Sword UK blog (hello, blog land!) to share a little bit about why I went from writing gritty crime and gritty fantasy books to coming up with a children’s Viking Saga seemingly from out of nowhere.

One thing a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m dyslexic. When I was young I loved reading but I often found it to be really hard work. From the words moving around the page, to fonts being difficult to read and having to re-read paragraphs several times to try and understand what the author was saying – I didn’t know that everyone else didn’t have the same problem; I was pretty sure that was what reading was supposed to be like. I didn’t find out that I had dyslexia until I was 17, when my school tested everyone for it.

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Graduating with an English degree

Though, I’m not sure I even knew that dyslexia existed before my school tested people for it. But suddenly it made sense why I constantly confused words like who and how (and still do), I understood why I had to really concentrate on reading. The thing is, it never stopped me reading. It didn’t mean I was stupid or slow, I still got 11 GCSEs, 5 AS-Levels, 1 Key Skill Award and 3 A-Levels, but I finally understood why some people hated reading and why books were something that they avoided.

My mother loved reading and used to take my sisters and I to the library every weekend when we were small and she couldn’t afford to buy us lots of books. When we were older and had pocket money to spend, my mum used to take us to the local independent bookshop every Saturday so we could find something new to read (I read the Saddle Club books and Animal Ark books in droves). I also had access to the library at my primary school and later, my secondary school. For me I had to read, even though it was hard (and still is), and it’s something that I realised so many children and adults have missed out on because of dyslexia.

Map PosterWhen I started writing the Children of Ribe books I wanted to create something to make it
easier for dyslexics to read. Granted it’s not going to instantly turn everyone into readers, but for those children who want to read and love stories but struggle every time they pick up a book, it was these kids I wanted to do something for. So what did I do? You may notice that the font on the cover is Vikingy and decorative but it’s hardly a friendly font, this was chosen for effect rather than utility, but on the inside of the book I went with a font that completely changed my life when I found it.

13467497_10156996287510133_1331349964_oThat may seem like a rather grand and dramatic statement – but I’m not kidding. Times New Roman was the bane of my existence. I found it so difficult to read and Cambria wasn’t much better. However, back in 2007 I was introduced to Calibri. This was a font that suddenly I could read, that didn’t make me want to curl up in a ball and cry. When I looked at it on a screen it didn’t dance in the same way that other fonts did. It made reading things so much easier. So when it came to the Children of Ribe, the text was set in Calibri. I got a few other people I knew who were dyslexic to have a look at it and they all said it was easier to read than other fonts they had seen. It may not be universal, but if it makes it easier for just one child to read for themselves then it’s a step forward. I also set the type slightly further apart than you would ordinarily find in a book, this stopped lines merging together for me, yes the words still move but it was much easier to keep track of where I was in a sentence and I didn’t jump a line or end up reading the same line four times.

13528796_10153712173148657_633587836543718021_nBut these books weren’t solely written to just reach out to dyslexic children. I love Viking culture, I’m British (I have English, Welsh and Scottish blood), I’m descended from Norman Vikings and Danish Vikings, to me it’s part of my heritage and I even studied Old Norse and Old Icelandic as part of my degree. With these books I wanted to share my love of Viking culture with children and show them how exciting and fun it could be. Not by focusing on battles and historical fact, but by creating a tale of magic and wonder that brought together Danish folklore and other little bits of folklore from across Europe and some bits of my favourite fairy tales.

I didn’t do this just to share my love of mystical mythology, but also to help kids to engage with what they are reading. To feel a surge of pride when they recognise something from the story of Sleeping Beauty in an event that happens in FATE, telling their parents that they know the difference between a forest troll and a mountain troll, learning that because one witch is evil doesn’t mean all witches are, and that it can be hard to stand up for what is right sometimes, but someone has to do it.

major-tomI also tried to think of the parents when I was writing these books – if they were going to read them to their kids, then I wanted them to be able to enjoy the stories too (my mum has been my yardstick for this) – but I also wanted to create something that was affordable. Parents have a hard enough time with kids, making sure they eat right, taking them on days out, replacing the brand new pair of trousers they just bought because their child fell over and ripped them to shreds, children are expensive and I know there are parents out there that struggle with what they can and can’t afford. I didn’t want to create something that was going to add to that bill in a hefty way so I have done my best to price these books at an affordable level. When I was a kid, you could buy a paperback for £1.99 and then it was £3.99, then it was £5.99 and now £8.99 – that’s a heck of a jump in price. So FATE, WAR, WIFRITH and DOUBT are priced at between £3 and £5 in paperback and £1.80 to £1.99 in digital formats just to make it that much easier for parents to afford them. You can get the paperback and digital formats in a set with free UK postage for under £7 as well.

I’ve had some requests to write adult versions of these books, but these are something for children to grow up with. When the series is finished there will be 24 books in total in three 8 volume story arcs. As the children in the books grow up and the children that are reading the books grow up, the stories will grow up with them. The last story arc will be much more adult than the early books because they will develop with the young readers.

I would love to hear from those that have read these books – FATE, WAR, WIFRITH and DOUBT – from parents, adults, children, household pets, those who only adult when they absolutely have no other choice, everyone else – those who have found them easier to read, those who are dyslexic and have suggestions for ways I can make them even easier for dyslexics to read, any instances where kids have made connections between events in the book and other fairy tales they know – I’d love to know!

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If you haven’t read the books yet and want to find out more, you can download free chapter samples of each of the books online from places like Amazon and Smashwords, so you can get a taster of what the books are like and whether you kids would like them. You can get gift sets galore from the Mightier Than the Sword UK Etsy store – all of which are signed, come with free UK postage and free gift wrapping as well as a saving on buying things separately.

 

Though there is an invitation below to sign up to the Mightier Than the Sword UK mailing list, I also have a mailing list of my own. If you are interested in signing up, then simply follow this link. For signing up you get the choice of a free book (one of which is FATE).

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