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The Polaris Whisper

The Polaris Whisper [Kindle Edition]

Kenneth Gregory
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"Readers interested in adventure-particularly survival-and early medieval history will enjoy these stories." -- Publishers Weekly "Publishers Weekly"

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‘A new vision flashed into Niclaus’ mind. He saw an army of bloodthirsty Norsemen hunting down a man. Reaching the cliff top, the man jumped. The chase was on.’

Niclaus has just one aim in life – to win the Trial of Endurance to become the next leader of his village. The Trial is not without risks, and many have perished trying to complete it.

But little does he realise that Cado, leader and oracle of Newgrange, has very different plans for him; plans that involve taking on the might of Hakon the Black, the most feared Norse lord, and travelling far from everything he knows to defend the White Cross Followers.

Hakon’s savagery knows no bounds; battle lines are forming; power beyond imagining is at stake – and at the heart of it all is Niclaus. Will he have the strength to fulfil his destiny?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1267 KB
  • Print Length: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press (24 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EV40BZU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kenneth Gregory is a Belfast born author. The Polaris Whisper is his debut novel. Kenneth mixes history fact with fantasy. He is currently in discussion with film and television producers for film and television rights. Kenneth's second novel 'Shahryār's Heir - A Prince amongst Thieves' is currently with publishers.

The Polaris Whisper - A tale of sibling rivalries, religious intrigue, warmongering and magic -

What links the Book of Kells, the Monolith of New Grange, the Island Monastery of Sceilig and the Vestibule of Svalbard?

Whatever it is, it is powerful enough to drive a monk to renounce his faith and covetous enough to convince a Norse Lord to abandon his birthright. The faith of a Christian challenges the strength of a Norse Lord. There will be no compromise. Love will be unrequited, family loyalties will be stretched, honour will be lost, and friendships will crumble.

"Glowering and monumental as though hewn from living rock."
(John Higgins - Culture N.I)

"A rollicking, unputdownable read."
(Sam Copeland, Rogers, Coleridge and White, London)

"Great readability and page-turnability."
(Tim Bates, Pollinger Ltd, London)

"Catches the imagination ... research and scholarship underpinning the narrative."
(Sir George Bain)

"can really write ... great imagination ... talented.'
(Luigi Bonomi, LBA)

"Can really write . paints a picture of a world that is believable and incredibly colourful."
(Jeremy Trevathan @ Macmillan)

"Our Hollywood producer contacts would be particularly interested for the film rights."
(Guy Rose, Futerman Rose and Associates)

"A milestone in Anglo-Irish literature."
(Arthur Webb, Educational Examiner B.E.L.B.)

2nd Novel - 'Shahryār's Heir - A Prince amongst Thieves.'

'Reimagining the Aladdin story is a fantastic idea... highly enjoyable read, brimming with ideas, rich scenes and colourful characters. Jafar's Faustian pact is brilliantly dramatic.'
(Charles Brotherstone, A M. Heath)

'immediately hooked and intrigued ... a pure plot line ... brilliantly imagined, full of detail, full of incident and great characters . like C J Sansom . writing is full of wonderful imagery and has a lovely rhythm. story telling abilities are so strong."
(Tim Bates, Pollinger)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Polaris Whisper 5 Oct 2013
This historical adventure story captured me right from the beginning. As the story moves back and forth over a period of time(40 years approx) I found myself caught in the trap of reading quicker to find out what happened.In doing this I missed clues throughout which amazed me when all the pieces came together.I have never read such a wonderful book where I found it so hard to describe how good it is without giving away it's secrets. The Polaris whisper is in a league all of its own it covers all categories adventure, history, mythical with even a bit of romance.All I can say is The Polaris Whisper is My book of the year
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Historical Fantasy 4 Oct 2013
I'm a sucker for Norse legends so when I heard about The Polaris Whisper I was intrigued. Cultures clashing, epic quests and hidden mysteries; sounds like a novel that might be right up my street.

Niclaus spends a large part of the story ignorant of his origins and also what fate has in store for him. He has grown up in a small village with his brother, Orrin. Both siblings, along with all the other young men in the local area, dream of winning the right to lead. The Trial of Endurance is a rite of passage that they all must endure. Brutal, and potentially fatal, it pits brother against brother and friendships are tested to their very limit.

The other character that really stood out for me is Vidar. When we first meet him he comes across as a bit of a loner, never staying in one place for long, always on the move. As the plot unfolds you learn that he has been tasked with a very special quest. Each year he has to travel to the inhospitable snow covered wastes in the far north. He needs to locate "something" for his friend Cado. Vidar's journey was a highlight. You get a real sense that this is a man totally driven to achieve his goal. Slowly, as details are revealed, you begin to understand why he is so focused.

There is an evocative quality to Gregory's writing that struck a chord with me. I read another review that felt the story was a little slow, but I'm going to have to disagree. It's not slow, it's wonderfully detailed. The hard lives that the villagers have to endure are caught in vivid detail. Winters are long and hard, there are predators everywhere and the reader gets to experience it all.

I haven't even mentioned the on-going conflict between the Hakon the Black and followers of the White Cross yet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye... 4 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to get a preview copy of Polaris Whisper. The title doesn't give anything away and nor does the cover, and when you first begin the book it seems very much in the George RR Martin vein of realistic, grimy historical fantasy. But read on...

The setting is Earth, in the years 800-837 AD, and the narrative jumps back and forth between the front and back of this time period like a metronome. Monks work to complete their beautiful illustrated Bibles (the Book of Kells being the most famous real-life example, I think), and we focus in on the story of two men; Tomas the monk and Vidar the explorer. Tomas befriends a strange little dwarf from the mysterious village of Newgrange - these dwarfs seem to have some magical abilities. Vidar, meanwhile, has had an eventful past (no doubt to be explored in sequels) and is on a quest to find a quasi-mystical place in the far, far North of the world.

Gregory's prose is effective. He doesn't over-dwell on the minor details (always a bugbear of mine) and he keeps the story moving along - there's an excellent sense of "just one more chapter" that pervades throughout that I know from personal experience kept me up reading late a few nights running. The non-linear nature of the narrative is a lovely, effective tool; clues dropped in the future illuminate details of the past, and vice versa, so the story structure slowly builds itself up details-wise from two directions at once. It's a neat trick.

Ultimately though, it's in the last ten or so pages that I had my biggest surprise. This book's ending was such an "oh my God, is that...??? could he be talking about...??? I didn't just read....???" moment that its audacity took my breath away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging Saga 28 Sep 2013
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This is an engaging saga which spans some 45 years. The dialogue switches between the events of the early 800s AD to a second period commencing about thirty years later. Although these do not seem to be related initially, the connection gradually becomes clearer and the same characters start to appear in both parts. Although there are supernatural elements to this story, these are not sufficient to class it as a fantasy and most of it is fairly down to earth but very entertaining.

The action takes place between Spitzbergen, Norway and Ireland. Spitzbergen is referred to by its alternative name Svalbard and Ireland as Erin. The clue to Norway is Lofoten, which are islands off the coast. I thought the descriptions of the frozen wastes of the North were particularly atmospheric - Svalbard really is a frozen wilderness, where even today people are outnumbered by polar bears, which are presumably the snow bears in the book. As today's Lonely Planet says of Svalbard `Encounters between humans and polar bears rarely end well' and this is certainly the case in this story!

The story itself is fairly intricately woven but entirely coherently put together, the central figures being Vidar, who is a man on a quest, and his son Niclaus, adopted at birth, who is anticipating `the trial' where young men of the village race to decide who will be the leader of the community. Latterly the trial takes place and is quite an absorbing contest. The book very deliberately does not tie up all the loose ends and at the very end there is stated `The Beginning' which is a very clear statement of intent that we should expect quite a few more volumes in this series.

Personally I thoroughly enjoyed this tale and got caught up in it as it went along. The author is very good at shaping his characters and this is an interesting story. Any future books will certainly be on my reading list. Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
A great read that I highly recommend. Once I started it I could not put it down until I finished it.
Published 3 months ago by Katie Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully timed tale
Met the author at belfast comic con and bought the book on impulse, very glad I did. Loved the story. Love the patient story telling, the characters were believable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andrew Hawthorne
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read.
Excellent story very well written. Really liked the characters. I am looking forward to a follow up. Belfast is buzzin.
Published 5 months ago by Rosanna Ohagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read with a warm cuppa!
Great winter tale, enjoyed the way that it travels through differnet eras in the one story about the key characters.
Published 7 months ago by MR C GREGORY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read by a new author
This is a brilliant book it held me all the way. I would recommend it . One comment to make. Hurry up with the next one. I can't wait!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars storyline and writting are fantastic
Really looking forward to the second book that this author publishes because I have not been able to put thsi one down - excellent
Published 13 months ago by MR ROBERT NELSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
It was a brilliant read and it kept you guessing the plot throughout the book . I loved the combination of Irish and Norse references in the book . Read more
Published 13 months ago by Miss LA Mahood
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the beginning
I finished this book wanting more. Fortunately that seems to be what the author is planning. It is fast paced, especially when the tension builds up in the sections about 'The... Read more
Published 14 months ago by FGB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great read, took me a bit to gather the different threads but once I did I was hooked and couldn't put the book down for wanting to discover what was to happen next! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Karen Lismore
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowing!
From the moment I lifted the book i became addicted, I just simply couldn't put it down! Throughout the book I got attached to many of the characters including my favourite Vidar. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Damian O'Kane
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