In The Old Man’s Request: Book One of The Utgarda Trilogy, the protagonists find that they need to create a magic powder:
Anna Rykov is an expert in interpreting Glagolitic runes in The Utgarda Trilogy.
The Varangians were the subject of Anna Rykov’s anthropological studies in The Utgarda Trilogy. But the Varangians actually did exist. The Varangians were Viking traders who travelled down the rivers of Russia and Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages. The Viking protaginists depicted in Michael Crichton’s Eaters of the Dead, or in the movie The…
Harold Lamb is a medical doctor and one of the protagonists of the Utgarda Trilogy.
Father Sean O’Malley is a Catholic priest and one of the protagonists of the Utgarda Trilogy.