Family feuds, bloody battles and exhilarating explorations are just a few aspects which make V Campbell's Viking Gold so enthralling.
Feeling a sincere connection to the main character, Redknee, you are taken on a whirlwind adventure, through the Nordic countries, into the New World. The ups and downs of the story keep the reader engaged and desperately wanting more.
Throughout the novel I was able to visualise every step - almost needing it to be in a film so I could not only see the wonderful images, but to hear the clash of swords, the pumping hearts and splash of the waves against the boat as clearly as possible.
Reading this while travelling through the Nordic countries was wonderful, especially allowing me to transpose the clear imagery to real life, inspiring me to travel further, as well as researching the culture further to fully appreciate the technicalities the author has included to create such a fantastic experience. Thus, Viking Gold lends itself to not only personal enjoyment of reading, but also an engaging topic to study and enquire about.
The language is accessible as well as relevant to the context of 1000AD, following a Viking ship across the ocean. From the point of view of a teacher, any language that is particular to the context is defined at the end of the novel, which is a wonderful way to promote independence as well as making sense of a time and culture that is unknown to many people, myself included.
I highly recommend this wonderful debut novel, not only for teens, but for adults too; defying anyone to not want to know how Redknee's adventures may continue.