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If the reader expects historical fiction to be credible and entertaining then the Whale Road Chronicles and Odin's Game will be an excellent choice. The series starts on Iceland with a mother and teenage son as refugees from an enigmatic past. Iceland is special in being community focused, rather than the brutal autocracy of the Norse world. The ongoing tale is of the son's coming of age amidst that world, and his expected heroic deeds and success. The writer is well versed in the background of Viking history, technology and geography. The tale is somewhat formulaic but abounds in action aplenty, detailed and gory. An easy read.
Thoroughly enjoyed this ‘boys own’ style adventure. Really well written with knowable characters. Can tell that this is the start of an excellent series of yarns. Already started on the next one. Wonderful way to forget life for a while.
This is a well-designed historical tale set in the late 10th century . The author takes the reader on a fast paced adventure from Iceland to Orkney, then to Ulster and Dublin before returning to Iceland. I did have to suspend reality at times to believe the incredible twists and turns involved but that did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. Indeed, I intend to purchase the sequeal . Recommended.
I really enjoyed this fast-moving Viking age adventure. So much in fact that I found myself finishing it off the day after I bought it. It has some great action, as it moves from Iceland to Orkney, then Ireland and back to Iceland again. As a big fan of James L. Nelson, and his stories of Viking age Ireland I was really excited to find Tim Hodkinson's book on Kindle and I am really looking forward to reading more about Einar's adventures in the following novels.
This saga started a little slowly for its genre but as the book progressed it became absorbing and by the end I loved it and it's hero. Give this new author time and I've no doubt he'll be up there with Hosker, Harffy, Cornwall and others who write magnificent stories of brave warriors. Look forward to the next book.
This is a very well written and researched book full of excellent characters totally engaging from start to finish. A Viking coming of age tale atmospheric authentic with a real feel and sense of time and place. All of us who enjoy this genre, look forward to some gruesome violence of sword and axe of a shield wall, and this book does not disappoint. Whilst initially a slow start action wise, the story maintains your interest throughout, and makes up for it towards the end. Totally gripping I look forward to further adventures of this merry band, right up there with Bernard Cornwells 'Uhtred ' Giles Kristians 'Raven'se
A great fan of historical and I really enjoyed this book. Glad I bought the second book. Living in Scotland and being northern irish, I could feel as if I was there, watching everything that was being described. Well worth a read.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnyone who enjoys historical fiction with a mix of Viking culture will enjoy this e book. I suspect the author will have similar adventures awaiting my discovery and I look forward to finding them.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 February 2021
Anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a mix of Viking culture will enjoy this e book. I suspect the author will have similar adventures awaiting my discovery and I look forward to finding. You can also try the Audible versions of reading hurts your 👀.