In 2016, NovoReads Group published the historic novel titled The Viking’s Kurdish Love: A True Story of Zoroastrians’ Fight for Survival by Dr. Widad Akreyi, a humanitarian and human rights leader. A second edition was published in 2020.
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Below is a description of the 1st edition:
The Viking’s Kurdish Love
A True Story of Zoroastrians’ Fight for Survival
Widad Akreyi’s historical novel is a well-researched account of transitional moments in Middle East’s history. The Viking’s Kurdish Love presents a true story behind the past events in Europe and Mesopotamia, leaving the reader with a desire to know what happened next.
The Viking’s Kurdish Love reflects on a distant time, when stories were passed down for generations and insights associated with them carve deep traces in human philosophy. The historical characters depicted in this book represent continuity and connection between the past and the future.
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Born in Birka, a Viking trading center built on an island west of today’s Stockholm, Sweden, Ivar is a 16-year-old boy who has hopes for the first time of finding happiness with a slave-girl from Mercia. However, his high hopes end in year 988 when his Dad, Halvdan, sends her to the slave markets in the east and forces him to accompany him on new raids. It proves to be a life-altering journey that changes them forever.
Two years later, Halvdan joins the Varangian guard in Constantinople, yearning to find a better life. Unfortunate chain of events brings Ivar to Upper Mesopotamia in 997. When he arrives in Miafarqin, searching for his Dad, he falls in love with Vesta, an attractive Kurdish, Zoroastrian doctor, and she in turn falls in love with him. They decide to bind their fates in a time when a ruthless invasion and a large-scale, lamentable migration into Kurdland are still ongoing, and when the Kurds vow to fight for their freedom, determined to win a persistent battle for survival. As the new normal begins to emerge, the bloodthirsty invaders are breathing fear and tyranny into Vesta’s society. A vicious attack occurs in her house – Vesta and her children are destined to face the intruders alone.
About The Author
Dr. Widad Akreyi is a prominent humanitarian and human rights activist. A winner of several awards, the renowned champion of justice and gender equality has become a global voice for the voiceless, first and foremost the women and girls abducted, sold and enslaved in the Middle East.
Originally from Kurdistan, Widad now lives in the West and holds a Master’s degree in genetics and a PhD in global health and epidemiology. With an interest in exploring different cultures, she wrote The Viking’s Kurdish Love in the late 1990s, peeling back some of the layers of an ancient era that is of particular relevance to the world we live in today.