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Fargoer: A Viking Age Tale [Kindle Edition]

Petteri Hannila , Anthony Farnden
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Amazon #1 fantasy bestseller (Nordic Myth & Legend, 2014)

'That which does not kill us makes us stronger.' - Friedrich Nietzsche


In the dark reaches of ancient north, an extraordinary woman is creating foundations for her life. All this is threatened to be burned in flames of chaos, as men as well as spirits put their powers against her happiness.

She is to become the Fargoer, one who wanders across the known world for her destiny. Among her assets is a will of iron that is not ready to settle for something not of her own doing.

Fargoer begins a fantasy series set against a backdrop of the Viking Age. It will take the reader deep into the north and among the people of Kainu, both unique and ancient in their ways. Viking warriors prowl the waterways and riches of the far south are in the reach of the powerful. Yet powers both supernatural and natural are in constant motion to set things as they see fit.

About the Author

I'm a writer from Central Finland, a software designer by day and a dad/husband/dreamer/martial artist by night.

It all began when I was eight years old. I found out that there were books of Tarzan, my childhood hero. My mother started to read them to me, but censored them - all of you who have read them know why. Annoyed by this, I started to read them on my own. Dreams and legends have followed me from those days, as companions on my voyage through life.

Only few years after that I thought about writing for the first time, but for a long time I pushed it away from my mind for supposedly more important things. Finally I understood that none of my stories would ever see the daylight until I got started, and I did.
From the days of Tarzan, exciting adventures and fantasy stories set in the past and the future have been my interest. Thus, the natural choice for me was to start writing science fiction and fantasy. Some years ago the idea of Fargoer made its way into my consciousness, and it hasn't loosened its grip of me since.

New Fargoer stories and paths of Vierra's future circle in my thoughts until I write them out. There are so many stories to tell until the end, and that end is painted clearly on my mind.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1834 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (15 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BLQZC00
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #402,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a writer from Central Finland, a software designer by day and a dad/husband/dreamer/martial artist by night.

It all began when I was eight years old. I found out that there were books of Tarzan, my childhood hero. My mother started to read them to me, but censored them - all of you who have read them know why. Annoyed by this, I started to read them on my own. Dreams and legends have followed me from those days, as companions on my voyage through life.

Only few years after that I thought about writing for the first time, but for a long time I pushed it away from my mind for supposedly more important things. Finally I understood that none of my stories would ever see the daylight until I got started, and I did.

From the days of Tarzan, exciting adventures and fantasy stories set in the past and the future have been my interest. Thus, the natural choice for me was to start writing science fiction and fantasy. Some years ago the idea of Fargoer made its way into my consciousness, and it hasn't loosened its grip of me since.

New Fargoer stories and paths of Vierra's future circle in my thoughts until I write them out. There are so many stories to tell until the end, and that end is painted clearly on my mind.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An immersive and compelling experience 27 Feb. 2013
Format:Paperback
Fargoer will appeal to those who like to immerse themselves in different settings, especially those which readily blend human society with the environment and spirituality. It is set in a deliberately unspecified pre-modern time, when different tribes and clans share a sparsely settled and lean land. To my mind at least, it offers a compelling and credible insight into how life carries on in an environment continually shifting between hostile and beautiful. The relationships between the various people-groups dwelling in this wild region vary similarly, and any encounter carries with it uncertainty and risk as well as opportunity.

In essence, the novel traces a series of stages of a journey made by the main character Vierra. Along the way she makes both friends and enemies, and comes into contact with a wide variety of groups inhabiting this part of northern Europe. The journey is traced out in physical space, but also takes her on an inner journey - one which can be every bit as rewarding and threatening as her geographical wanderings. Having been forced away from home, the return journey forces into focus the question of what she will find when she gets back.

I first encountered Fargoer as a set of individual short stories. In that condition, the translation from Finnish was a little irregular between episodes. It has since been edited and reworked into a complete novel, helping the reader to see it as a whole story rather than separate pieces. In that light, the changes in the interior life of Vierra as she faces different situations become more apparent. The narrative style mirrors these interior changes. Close to her home environment, she becomes filled with her people's poetry and lives closer to the natural and spiritual worlds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Wish It Was Longer! 27 Mar. 2013
By E-chan
Format:Paperback
Let me start by saying that I think this book could be a lot longer. Currently, it's a very tightly written fantasy book, but I think it could be expanded into many more volume (I can see the current book being expanded into three volume). This isn't some criticism that important details were left out, it's just me wanting to read more.

Fargoer revolves around Vierra. After a prophecy that either she or her cousin will lead their clan (with very different results for the clan), she ends up NOT being the leader. That was my first surprise, and from there on, Vierra's life took on different turns. She left her tribe (though not willingly) and underwent a lot of hardships. The book ends with, I think, the promise of a sequel.

Each section of Vierra's life is described by a bunch of brief chapters. They are tied together, but at times, it feels like too much time has been skipped.

Because Vierra's life is described in fleeting episodes, the only character that is fully developed is Vierra herself. The other characters simply don't get enough space. And that's why I wish this book was longer, I think given the chance, we could get a really interesting cast of characters.

The world-building here is fantastic!It is, I think, set in Finland, long long ago. It's not a place that I'm familiar with, but the author has deftly managed to bring the place to life. To me, this is a interesting world where women are in charge, and people live in harmony with nature (and the spirits) - well, except the foreigners.

Speaking of nature and its spirits, Vierra and her tribe have a few rituals. In these rituals, poetry is used. Can I mention how much I love the poetry? It's story-telling, and really broke me into the world of the Fargoer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new debut novel 11 Mar. 2013
Format:Paperback
I really liked the main character, Vierra. Fantasy literature is a pretty new acquaintance to me, but the independent, strong female character made the book interesting and for me, easy to approach. I could really vision her on her journey across the beautiful Northern land.

I have read both the Finnish and the English versions of Fargoer. I preferred to read it in Finnish since it brought the story closer to me - of course, reading something in your native language helps to understand the different nuances a bit better.

Finally, I have a bad habit of checking the final page of the book beforehand, and since the English short stories first came out one at the time, I was not able to do that. Very smart!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original Finnish fantasy 19 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fargoer is a work of original Finnish fantasy, set in a pro-feminist world, where women may take multiple husbands. Set in a tribal village in the age of the Vikings, Fargoer is beautifully descriptive and action packed, full of folklore and adventure. Without giving too much away, the central character, Vierra goes through incredible hardships after being torn away from her family, her village and everything she knows. This is essentially, a sad story of struggle and survival.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought on impulse 11 July 2013
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I bought this on impulse when needing something to read when I had finished the book I was reading, when visiting my father. I had my tablet with me, so decided to search for something to read via the Kindle app - this was a great find. It's a great read, well written/translated, and keeps me turning/swiping the pages
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