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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 gave it a 4 stars rating as at the beginning I found it very slow,so much so I nearly put it down. I am really glad I adidn't. After A bunch of pages it got lively, it built up with action from then on. The characters are really engaging, their conscription is so good I could almost visualise them. Looking forward to more adventures
Took a bit for the story to kick in. When it did its not half bad. You have to know who the players an if the game moves them on or off the board. Only the God's know. So lets see what the Gods has in store this small group of misfits. If you like a lot of fighting an hacking body parts in a blood rage. Will jump on in this is for you.