Set during England’s Dark Ages in the 9th century, Danelaw is a fantasy romance combining elements of pagan powers and human passions. Pony (Epona), a worshipper of the Mother Goddess, is caught up in the wars between the Saxons and the invading Vikings. Pony is eventually torn between loyalty to her King, Alfred, and her love for Valgar, the Viking leader who has made her his prisoner. Pony uses her Goddess-born powers of communication with her own herd of horses and Nature to help end the bloodshed and violence so abhorrent to her. Not surprisingly, the love-hate relationship between heroine and captor resolves satisfactorily. Even though Valgar is a little too altruistic for believability and King Alfred is somewhat buffoonish, the harshness of the times is well shown. Romance fans should enjoy Ms. Squires’ novel.