Viking Magic

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In the world of Viking Magic

a mark scratched in stone can take away pain
a cloak can save you from drowning
a boy can turn into a lynx

But what if the magic is back-to-front?

Oddo the farmer’s son gets into trouble for doing magic, while Thora the spellworker’s daughter is teased because she can’t. Using the power of runes to fix things up seems like a good idea, but the two friends discover there’s more to it than they thought. And now they face a dangerous sea voyage to a far-off place. Can they do it on their own? And what awaits them on their return?

Runestone is the first story in the spellbinding Viking Magic series; an ideal book for readers who enjoy a strong story and a richly imagined world.


  • Notable Book Award from the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2003
  • shortlisted for various children’s choice awards
  • one of the top 20 most chosen books as voted by children from ‘150 most treasured Victorian books’ compiled for the 150th anniversary of the State Library of Victoria and The Age


  • Allen and Unwin – Australia 2002
  • Ediciones B – Spain 2003
  • Georgetown Publications – Canada 2004
  • Arxjovem – Portugal 2004

Other titles in the series

Wolfspell: Viking Magic Book 2

A girl can heal sword cuts with nettle stings, a boy can weave a wolfspell or make the lightning strike, an arrow of fire can end a dispute … But can two children stop the Sheriff from turning their families out of their homes?

Oddo the farmer’s son and Thora the spellworker’s daughter set off to the Gulla Thing to ask for help, never suspecting what dangers they’re about to face.  They will have to fight their way through raging rivers, wild wolves and treacherous swamps before they can return. And even then, it looks as though they may arrive too late…

Courage, friendship and a dash of magic are the keys to this spellbinding adventure, the second in the acclaimed Viking Magic series. 

Stormriders: Viking Magic Book 3

In the world of Viking Magic who are enemies and who are friends?

Dungal, the Irish boy, hates the Vikings who have captured him and made him a slave. Oddo dislikes this rude, freckle-faced stranger, but Thora is determined to be friendly.

Will danger and adventure bring the three of them together, or tear them apart? Will they escape from the land of fire and ice? Can Thora tame the horse with the fiery eyes and save them all?

In this exciting adventure, Oddo and Thora discover not only strange lands and customs but secrets in their own hearts and lives.

Stormriders is the third book in the spellbinding Viking Magic series.

How to purchase

Available as ebooks

Print copies can be ordered from the publisher or Contact the author


about the Viking Magic series…

A brilliant new series from Australian author Anna Ciddor (Book reviews by staff and students of La Trobe University, Bendigo) – to read the full review click here.

The mixture of fantasy and Viking history make a fascinating blend…I must say it’s wonderful to have some quality Australian writing for this age group. (Beryl Siemionow, Bees Knees Books)

I’ve read both of the first 2 books in the series and loved them !!! … and here’s why :
* they are fun, uncomplicated stories that appeal to a wide age group
* being historical, they are educational, without having the subject matter being ramned down kids’ throats (Roberta Clark, Angus & Robertson Fountain Gate)

The books are excellent literature…cover universal themes that children can identify with:- sense of belonging to family and a group, the value of friendship, family acceptance, the difficulty in feeling different and accepting differences, finding inner strengths and abilities, self belief and self confidence. (Gail Godden, Collins Bookshop, Charlestown)

about Runestone…

An easy read with love, friendship, loyalty, adventure and magic all inter-woven to make for an UNPUTDOWNABLE book!! (Edwina Serrao, Dymocks Macquarie)

Children will be captivated by the magic and mystery. (The Guardian, April 2002)

Fantasy for the teenage reader need not be escapist; rather it is at its most effective when presenting eternal problems slightly removed from modern reality. The protagonists of Runestone might be living in the Viking era, but they have similar conflicts of identity and vocation to the modern teen. (The Sunday Age, June 2002)

It may have taken Anna Ciddor thirteen years to leave aside nonfiction and explore the possibilities of fiction. However, it is all those years of research experience that merits Viking Magic as a very entertaining and absorbing fantasy series. (Magpies magazine, May 2002)

An unusual and extremely entertaining story for boys and girls. (The Star, New Zealand, July 2002)

Highly recommended. (Reading Time, quarterly journal of The Children’s Book Council of Australia, Vol 46 No 3)

This story embraces the concept that we don’t all fit the mould life grants us and that it’s ok to be different. (

about Wolfspell…

The two hardy Viking children pitted against a crafty, callous, mean-spirited villain, play out their drama against the backdrop of a vast icy Norwegian wilderness, with just a mystical twist of magic thrown in for good measure! Highly recommended. (Magpies Vol 18 May 2003)

There’s excitement and non-stop action right up to the very last nail-biting scene. (Story-Go-Round)

I give it a 10/10 because it is exciting and funny (Sunshine Coast Sunday News, May 2003)

The second exciting installment in the adventures of Oddo and Thora…an enchanting book…a delight. (All Write! magazine May/June/July 2003)

Wolfspell is a gripping read that I found hard to put down (Adelaide Advertiser July 2003)

Anna Ciddor has been able to successfully create a unique and original civilisation with its own people and culture, according to the facts about the Vikings that we know…Wolfspell can be described as a realistic struggle through adventures in an interesting, vivid and original world. (Courier Mail, 9 September 2003)

A great introduction to the fantasy world for younger readers…Drawing heavily on Norse mythology, Ciddor creates a vivid world and populates it with strong, sympathetic characters. (Australian Centre for Youth Literature Newsletter September 2003)

about Stormriders…

The final volume of the Viking Magic trilogy, Stormriders, will not disappoint….Anna Ciddor’s style is unobtrusively good, with lively dialogue, apt descriptions and figurative language. Following the tradition of fine historical fiction, the metaphors and similes are consistent with the world and experience of her Viking setting…Other attractive features are the…small illustrations at the beginning of each chapter…Highly recommended for readers from middle primary to lower secondary. (Magpies May 2004)

All the magic, the mystery and the adventure of Ciddor’s earlier tales are brought to life once more in a book which paints a rich portrait of the Viking World. An excellent blend of historical fact and magical fantasy, sure to appeal to 10 to 13 year old readers. (

An adventure that is exciting, entertaining — and, yes — funny (January Magazine June 2004) To read the on-line review, click here

The characters are likeable and the more you read into the book the more you feel a part of their adventure (Townsville Bulletin May 2004)

In this spellbinding action packed book, the three companions see the strange land of fire and ice. There is heaps of new magic, strange lands to see and deep dark secrets could be unravelled. We give this book a 5/5 (Gold Coast Bulletin, 17 July 2004)

A nail-biting adventure (Adelaide Matters July 2004, reviews of favourite books from Dymocks Burnside)

Stormriders goes straight into the story and it feels like you are there fighting their fights, hoping their hopes. It is steadily paced and impossible to put down. It is definitely worth being caught in maths reading. Oddo and Dungal are both very realistic characters. They forget, make mistakes and get upset but they are always true to their friends. Thora is always eager to help but can sometimes be bossy. As I read about her I felt as if I was her – talking, listening and dreaming. If I could talk to Anna Ciddor I would ask her one question “When’s the sequel coming out.” This is a spectacular read. (Young Australian Readers Awards, on-line review)