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Viking Blood and Blade (The Viking Blood and Blade Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
If you like Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, Simon Scarrow, David Gemmell and Giles Kristian, you will love this epic Viking adventure, packed with battles, treachery, blood and gore.
865 AD. The fierce Vikings stormed onto Saxon soil hungry for spoils, conquest, and vengeance for the death of Ragnar Lothbrok.
Hundr, a Northman with a dog's name... a crew of battle hardened warriors... and Ivar the Boneless.
Amidst the invasion of Saxon England by the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok, Hundr joins a crew of Viking warriors under the command of Einar the Brawler. Hundr fights to forge a warriors reputation under the glare of Ivar and his equally fearsome brothers, but to do that he must battle the Saxons and treachery from within the Viking army itself...
Hundr must navigate the invasion, survive brutal attacks, and find his place in the vicious world of the Vikings in this fast paced adventure with memorable characters.
- ASIN : B09BMGYLBY
- Language : English
- File size : 768 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 487 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,840 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story line is pretty good with the characters being developed well so that you learn the relevant cast-names etc without effort - top marks for that.
His story-telling is good but not up to the other authors mentioned YET. Irritating little errors appear from time to time and sometimes there are confusing switches between characters. It gives the impression that it was written slowly over time or perhaps edited without enough care. Bigger errors appear from time to time revealing that not quite enough research has been done.
Because it is fresh in my mind, I will paraphrase an example I read last night in his second book:
Whilst travelling to Dublin with a "Westerly Wind" the crew laboriously rowed up the coast until they were able to set sail and let the wind drive them into the river Liffey. Oh dear.
He seems to be confusing 'Westerly wind' with 'Westerly currents' which move in opposite directions. Wind is described as where it is coming FROM and currents are described as where they are heading TO. That is not an error to make when a large part of the book(s) deals with Vikings sailing from place to place.
For most boats, a broad-reach is a fast point of sail and although I have never sailed a Viking long-boat, I am pretty confident they would sail North extremely well in a "Westerly wind". Perhaps a friendly Viking will correct me if I am wrong.
In the meantime, I look forward to the next book in the series so I can follow Hundr's progress.
It's by no means a bad book, in fact it's actually rather good.
Action packed, a plethora of characters, some good, some bad, some likeable, some not. A sizeable helping of blood and guts too, which is always expected from a Viking saga.
I would recommend this to historical fiction fans and I will be reading the next in the series, as well as any other that Gibbons writes in the future.
More a 3.5 stars.
As you would expect in a ‘Viking Age’ novel, there is plenty of blood, guts and fighting, and it’s all handled very deftly, without getting bogged down in details.
I really liked the style of writing: speech and thoughts are modern-ish, and there’s no mention of ‘wenches’ etc to make you think it all happened a long time ago.
If I have one little gripe, it’s the proofreading, which every so often lets in a grammatical error or a sentence that needs rereading as a word is missing. However, this isn’t enough to dampen my huge enjoyment of this book. Quite reminiscent of Giles Christian’s Raven books which was another excellent series.
Great work Mr Gibbons, and I can’t wait to get started on No 2.