I love stories about strong women, and Ásta certainly is one. She survives a raid on the Icelandic shores by corsairs, giving birth on a slaveship to Algiers and the loss of her children. But she also gets insight in herself, in a different culture and finds love in an unexpected place. Based on a true history of the Turkish Raid of 1627 and written with love for detail and ambiance. It’s a warm embrace of a book, like a story by Scheherazade.