New title: ‘The Battle for Salajak’

In the far north of Scandinavia, deep beneath Mount Salajak, the Midgard Serpent sleeps in its great cave. Above it, the ancient race of hwitters stir in their castle, awakening from a long winter slumber. Ristin, a member of the winged elite force called mare hwitters, flies over Salajak’s icy top to welcome home the warriors returning from the human world carrying meat… fresh meat.

As the enemy wakes in the north, three young brothers plan their escape from their farm in southern Sweden. Their goal is to join the army of humans and fairies marching to stop the hwitters and their atrocities. The second oldest of the three Eck brothers, Niklis, wants to be a knave, and the oldest, Samuel, dreams of becoming a knight. The youngest brother Jöran would rather that they turned back home before Death comes for them all.

Lovisa Georgsdotter is the young daughter of the Lord of Frösön, the one who has called the army. Lovisa has found a hidden weapon in the lake Storsjön just outside the island. A lindwyrm is swimming in its depths, long as a meandering rapid, and it comes to her call as Lovisa blows her birch horn.

The army marching northwards becomes the focal point around which destinies meet and intertwine only to be pulled down into the bottomless abyss beyond Salajak known as Jarmaland. In its icy and dark depths, the underworld’s goddess Hel rules supreme, and a secret as old as time waits for the adventurer brave enough to discover it.

Johan Theorin’s The Jarmaland Chronicles is an irresistible invitation to experience Scandinavia in the fourteenth century, a time when the perils of war, court intrigues, and the plague were as tangible as the danger of bumping into trolls, fairies, wravers and lindwyrms. A thrilling fantasy adventure series with an unbeatable historical edge, The Jarmaland Chronicles begins with the first installment, The Battle for Salajak.

New author - Maja Säfström

Maja Säfström (b. 1987) is the New York Times bestselling illustrator and author of The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts. Säfström’s playful and irresistible style has won her a tremendous international following on social media, widespread critical acclaim and multiple awards. Säfström works as a full-time illustrator and runs her own shop in central Stockholm.

Michael Katz Krefeld winner of the People’s Choice Award

Michael Katz Krefeld is the official winner of the Danish Crime Book Festival’s (Krimimessen) People’s Choice Award 2018. The ten nominees are chosen by crime fiction bloggers, and the winner was announced during last weekend’s Krimimessen in Horsens.

‘Macbeth’ No. 1 in Denmark

Jo Nesbø’s novel Macbeth has gone straight to No. 1 on Saxo, Denmark’s biggest online retailer, bestseller list for all genres. Macbeth was published in Denmark yesterday.

‘Operation Shipwreck’, ‘Unwanted’ and ‘Meet Me in Paradise’ No. 2 and No. 3 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Shipwreck climbs to No. 2 on the official bestseller list for hardcover fiction in Norway. It is joined by Kristina Ohlsson’s first installment in the Fredrika Bergman series, Unwanted, coming in at No. 3 on the paperback list. Meanwhile, Heine Bakkeid’s Meet Me in Paradise makes another appearance on the e-book list, claiming the No. 3 spot.

‘The Flood’ No. 5 in Sweden

The Swedish bestseller lists for the second week of March have just been released, and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Flood keeps its position at No. 5 on the paperback list.

‘Macbeth’ published in Norway and Denmark

Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom—a master of manipulation named Hecate—has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way.

Hecate’s plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating Inspector Macbeth: the head of SWAT and a man already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies. What follows is an unputdownable story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, exploring the darkest corners of human nature, and the aspirations of the criminal mind.

Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth, part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, is today published in Norway and Denmark. 30 more markets will follow in the coming months.

‘1793’ No. 3 in Sweden

The Swedish bestseller lists for February have been published and 1793, Niklas Natt och Dag’s brilliant debut, comes in at No. 3 on the e-book list.

Kristina Ohlsson and Niklas Natt och Dag on the Swedish bestseller lists

The Swedish bestseller lists for the first week of March have just been released. Kristina Ohlsson’s The Flood makes yet another appearance on the paperback list, this time at No. 5. She is joined by Niklas Natt och Dag and his debut 1793, which claims the No. 4 spot on the e-book list.

‘Meet Me in Paradise’ and ‘Operation Shipwreck’ No. 2 and No. 3 in Norway

Just a week after its publication in Norway, Heine Bakkeid’s critically acclaimed Meet Me in Paradise makes its debut appearance on the official bestseller list, jumping straight up to No. 2 on the e-book list.

On the hardcover fiction list, Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes feature in the top yet another week with their Operation Shipwreck, the thirteenth Detective Agency No. 2 book. This week, Operation Shipwreck comes in at No. 3.

Jørn Lier Horst dominates the February children’s books bestseller list

The most sold children’s books of February in Norway have been announced, and Jørn Lier Horst emerges as the clear winner by claiming all top three spots on the list. At No. 1 is his and the illustrator Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Shipwreck, the thirteenth Detective Agency No. 2 book. It’s followed by The Triangle Mystery at No. 2, and Operation Mummy at No. 3.

Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst the most sold authors of the decade in Norway

Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst are the indisputable kings of crime fiction in Norway: on the just published official list of the twenty most sold Norwegian crime titles of the past decade (2008-2017), Jo Nesbø claims a staggering eight positions and Jørn Lier Horst six.

Jo Nesbø also succeeds in the feat of placing in the top ten with all eight novels, starting with Police at No. 1. Police is then followed by Phantom (No.2), The Leopard (No. 3), The Son (No. 4), Thirst (No. 5), Headhunters (No. 6), The Snowman (No. 8), and Blood on Snow (No. 9).

Jørn Lier Horst, the author with the most titles on the list after Nesbø, features at No. 10 with his The Hunting Dogs. The Wisting novel is closely followed by The Caveman (No. 11), Ordeal (No. 12), Closed for Winter (No. 14), When It Grows Dark (No. 15), and The Katharina Code (No. 16).

Anne Holt nominated for a Lambda Literary Award

Offline, a.k.a. Odd Numbers, by Anne Holt has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in the category for Best Lesbian Mystery of 2017. The Lambda prize is regarded as the most prestigious LGBTQ book prize in the world. The winner will be announced in June. For more information, click “Read more” below.

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‘Clearwing’ No. 1 in Denmark

Katrine Engberg’s thrilling novel Clearwing is No. 1 on the bestseller list for crime fiction at Arnold Busck, one of Denmark’s biggest book retailers. The novel also makes an appearance at No. 4 on the combined list for fiction and crime fiction. Clearwing was published just last week.

‘The Flood’ No. 4 in Sweden

Kristina Ohlsson’s The Flood is No. 4 on the official Swedish paperback list. The Flood is the sixth installment in the Fredrika Bergman series.

Carrie-Anne Moss joins cast of Jørn Lier Horst’s ‘Wisting’ TV series

Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix, Jessica Jones) is heading to Scandinavia after signing up to star in the Norwegian crime drama Wisting, based on Jørn Lier Horst’s international bestsellers The Hunting Dogs and The Caveman. The Wisting series will be the biggest budget Norwegian drama to date.

In the series, Moss will play an FBI agent working alongside the Norwegian homicide detective Wisting, played by Sven Nordin (Lilyhammer), who is chasing an American serial killer. To make matters worse, Wisting’s young journalist daughter is chasing headlines that lead her into the killer’s path. Richie Campbell (The Frankenstein Chronicles) also joins the cast as an FBI agent.

“To be a part of something with this kind of caliber is exciting for me. Characters and stories created through the lens of Scandinavia’s expert perspective, alongside working with actors such as Sven Nordin, make this a thrilling project for me. Plus, it made watching the Winter Olympics even more fun – go team Norway,” said Moss.

“We are delighted that Moss has joined the cast of Wisting. She captivated us with her superb and iconic portrayal of Trinity in The Matrix, and her stellar work on the small screen recently in Jessica Jones. We are convinced that she will bring the same fierceness, intensity and intelligence to the role of FBI agent Maggie Griffin. We look forward to working with her,” added Wisting directors Trygve Allister Diesen and Katarina Launing.

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Katrine Engberg shortlisted for the Martha Award

Katrine Engberg has been shortlisted for the Martha Award 2018 in Denmark. The award, which was first handed out in 1989, is the largest Danish bookseller Bog & idé’s annual prize. After Bog & idé’s shortlist is announced, the reading public can vote for their favorite among the nominated authors. The voting will start after the summer.

‘Operation Shipwreck’ No. 2 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Shipwreck climbs to No. 2 on the official list for hardcover fiction in Norway. Operation Shipwreck is the thirteenth installment in the Detective Agency No. 2 series.

‘Meet Me in Paradise’ published in Norway

The haunted former interrogation leader Thorkild Aske reluctantly agrees to take on the job of consulting detective for Milla Lind, a renowned Norwegian crime fiction writer. Lind’s previous consultant, also a former policeman, was killed on the job as they were working on Lind’s latest novel, a story based on the real-life case of two girls mysteriously disappearing from an orphanage. It isn’t long till Aske begins to suspect that there’s more to the case, Milla Lind, and his predecessor’s death, than he first thought.

Meet Me in Paradise is the second novel in Heine Bakkeid’s chilling series about Thorkild Aske.

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‘U-July 22’ winner of the Berlin Ecumenical Prize

U-July 22, directed by Erik Poppe and written by Siv Rajendram Eliassen together with Anna Bache-Wiig, has won the 2018 Berlin Ecumenical Prize.

The Ecumenical Jury said: “In a single take, with a hand held camera, the filmmaker creates a claustrophobic engagement with tragedy of the shocking attack that took the 69 lives of young people outside Oslo. The film plunges the audience into the anxiety and despair of the participants, and suggests the possibility of compassion and hope in the face of tragedy”.

U-July 22 has also received fantastic reviews both in Norway and internationally. NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) described it as “Nothing short of a masterpiece.”