Hekja is a young teenage girl living in the viking era, when during one of her usually peaceful days was disrupted by Viking ships coming in to plunder her village. In this scene, she is being pursued by a Viking as she desperately attempts to escape his wrath.
The almost excessive use of commas that Jackie French uses is what first drew me to this paragraph. The commas seemed to hinder the flow of the sentences, making it seem abrupt and harsh. Because she did this, it made the scene all the more nerve wracking.
The way that this scene was written really stood out to me. Even though the story itself is written in third person (referring to characters by "he, she, they, and their names") the whole scene of her desperate escape has been described