A very strong debut novel (although from the author blurb, Low had a career as a journalist) in the historical adventure genre.
The story follows Orm Ruriksson, a young Norseman who has to flee his foster home and join his father on a viking ship. It turns out that the leader has a plan to hunt down a fabled treasure horde. This takes the band a long way and through various stresses, betrayals and fights.
The characters are strong - Low paints very effective pictures of their personalities with few words. Orm narrates, and remembers being essentially carried on a flood for most of the story. It pretty much is a coming of age story for him, framed as a great quest for the treasure.