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The Amber Seeker


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The sequel to The Walrus Mutterer, longlisted for the Highland Book Prize, 2018

Northern Britain, Iron Age. Pytheas of Massalia, the famed Greek explorer, roves the icy northern lands of Celtic Britain and beyond, in search of amber and other precious goods. But he also craves another encounter with Rian, the slave he fell in love with during a former voyage, who continues to haunt him. Rian, however, has other ideas. She has no desire to see Pytheas, and she won’t let go of her family, or her freedom, without a fight. As Pytheas navigates plundered riches, feuding warlords and an ancient curse, will he succeed in finding what he set out for?

In the second volume of this extraordinary, imaginative trilogy, Mandy Haggith takes us back to prehistoric times for an intergenerational saga ranging from the Sub-Arctic to the Mediterranean. The Amber Seeker revisits the unforgettable cast of characters we met in The Walrus Mutterer, weaving another visceral tale of loss, longing and revenge in 320 BC. 

REVIEWS OF The Amber Seeker

"Haggith’s woman’s eye view of the Iron Age feels fresh and distinctive." Sunday Herald

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The Amber Seeker

About the author

Mandy Haggith

Mandy Haggith is the author of several works of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, having gained a Masters in creative writing with distinction from the University of Glasgow. Her first novel, The Last Bear, was set 1,000 years ago and won the Robin Jenkins Literary Award. An eco-activist and former scientist and academic, Mandy is Co-ordinator of the European Environmental Paper Network and has lobbied at the United Nations. She lives in the northwest Scottish Highlands.

Praise for The Stone Stories trilogy and Mandy Haggith:

“An ambitious and imaginative novel … believable and compelling.” Jane Bradley, Scotsman

“Vivid, memorable and utterly compelling.” Helen Sedgwick

“A gripping, haunting, visceral novel… Lyrical and poetic prose, the author has created a convincing and entirely believable world… One of the best books I have read so far this year.” Historical Novels Review (Editors’ Choice)

“An immersive evocation of ancient folklore and ritual, this novel’s characterisation and fast pace make it a real page-turner which will keep you hooked.” Scottish Field

“Utterly compelling…beautifully crafted…paints an exquisite pen picture.” Undiscovered Scotland

“We see what the world was like…for the Iron Age peoples, particularly the women. … Rian is a compelling heroine. Life for her is often harsh, uncompromising and dangerous, and yet she has insights and wisdom that we moderns may well envy.” Margaret Elphinstone

“Compelling.” Lucinda Byatt, Historical Novels Review

“Moving and quietly passionate.” AL Kennedy

“Compelling and terrifying.” Observer

“Passionate and subversive … written with a poet’s touch.” Jason Donald

“Lyrical and vivid, written with a poet’s eye for detail.” Linda Gillard