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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 1st Edition edition (4 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405041161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405041164
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Severin, explorer, film-maker and lecturer, has made many expedition from his crossing of the Atlantic in a medieval leather boat in The Brendan Voyage to, most recently, In Search of Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoe. He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Book of the Sea Award, a Christopher Prize, and the literary medal of the Academie de la Marine.

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Steeped in bloody battles and brooding Norse mythology, this epic saga follows the exploits of Viking adventurer Thorgils Leiffson. A fine, page-turning trio of tales that sweeps the reader back in time. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Tim Severin, explorer, traveller, author, film-maker and lecturer has made many expeditions, most recently in search of Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoe, and has written books about all of them. Viking is his first historical fiction trilogy.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Iceni Peasant on 12 Dec 2005
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This final book in the trilogy following the fortunes of Thorgils, is excellent!
The reader continues the journey Thorgils takes, starting with his life in Constantinople; witnessing the power struggles within the court of the Basileus. Makes good reading, giving the reader a real sense of the difference in culture in that part of the world compared with northern Europe.
Thorgils escapes this life and goes forward, back into Viking lands, where on a mission for his liege lord, Harald Hardrada(future King of Norway) he finds love and happiness again. As always in this trilogy he is prevented from living the comfortable stable life and gets thrown in with the preparations to invade England. This leads Thorgils to a meeting with William The Conqueror prior to the Duke's own invasion of England.
Events move swiftly and we get a very realistic back seat view of the Battle of Stamford Bridge, where Thorgils loses his dream of returning the "Old Ways" to the people, when Hardrada is defeated.
This book finishes the trilogy perfectly and neatly ties in the events and battles of 1066. The way Thorgils last days are described leaves it quite open for the reader to think on. Like all VERY good books, this final volume leaves you satisfied but still wanting a little more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amelrode VINE VOICE on 21 Mar 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is unfortunately the last book in this fascinating trilogy.
Book 2 came to an end with the arrival of our hero in Constantinople. Book 3 continues with the adventures at the Imperial Court and takes the reader straight to 1066 and the Norman conquest of England. Here the story finds a natural end as the final struggle between "old believers" and "white Christ followers" is one by the latter.
I highly enjoyed the reading about the long gone world of Imperial Constantinople its sophistication, achievements but as well its down-sides of corruption and autocracy. Here the authors creates a vivid, colourful and engaging picture of the times. He continues this through out this book, be at the court of Norway, in the poor wilderness of rural Scandinavia or in the prosperous world of the Duke of Normandy soon to be king of England. One gets a fine feeling for the time and the personalities.
I enjoyed every page of it! 5 stars are well deserved
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sam's reviews on 16 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the final novel from a trilogy of three. I thought it was superbly written and a good historical account of how things could have been in the 10th century. I thought it kept up the very high quality from the previous two novels in the series. It portrays Thorgils in the later years of his life and his attempt to keep the old ways alive from the growing followers of the white christ.
I thought it was a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Redeye on 23 Jun 2006
Format: Paperback
What a superb book, I haven't read the first two parts of this trilogy but that didn't detract at all from the enjoyment of this book, in fact you wouldn't know it was part of a trilogy. The story grabs your attention from the start and holds you till the very end. It is a story intertwined within the true events of history, beginning in Constantinople and culminating around the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Tim Severin's style of writing is clear and easy to read and combines great historical knowledge with great story telling and compassion. Wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. I. Harrison on 30 Sep 2009
Format: Paperback
There is a real warmth and feel good factor to these Thorgil Tales that is both surprising and at times moving.
When you buy a Viking story you would normally expect blood guts, rape and well..lots of Viking (sea raiding).

Instead we accompany Thorgils through the majority of his life and yes, experience murder, treachery, robbery and ruthless ambition but in equal measure we see fierce loyalty to family and friends, the kindness of strangers and a man's struggle to preserve his religion in the face of the globalising Christian faith of the time.

This is not an anti-Christain book at by the way but the author rather paints an affectionate picture of the old Pagan beliefs and alludes to the quite outstanding 'coincidences' between the far newer Christian faith and the old Pagan beliefs. He also makes the point that the Christian faith has rather been used as a 'cause' and political weapon by ruthless men seeking to expand their power base historically.

The end of the book is very clever as author bids farewell to a leading charactor and at the time conjures an image of the Old Gods fighting their final losing battle alongside the heroes of Valhalla up in the heavens. As if the events of heaven and earth are mirroring each other with the 'Old ways' losing both wars. Very Romantic and heroic and at the same time ironic because Thorgils himself is in no way a Warrior. But rather witness and scribe to the passing of a lost way of life.

My only criticism would be that over the three books there is a little lack of that real nail biting 'must know what happens next' feverish page turning excitement. It's a Balti rather than a Vindaloo but it's a Balti of high quality.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul Tonks on 20 Nov 2005
Format: Hardcover
King's Man; the third in the Viking series - concludes the story of Thorgils and his dramatic life.
Enlisted into Varangian guard; Thorgils finds himself a key player in the court intrigue of the Byzantium Empire. Whilst stationed in Constantinople he meets Harald Prince of Norway; a driven, ambitious leader who dreams of glory and a Northern Empire comparable to that of King Knut's.
Ultimately the story leads Thorgils back to the north, where his powers of second sight find him serving Harald has an envoy. Tasked with forming an alliance with William of Normandy; Thorgils is tricked into allowing Harald's invasion of Britain to distract Harold Godwinsson's force: thus allowing the Norman fleet to land unopposed.
In an effort to warn Harald, Thorgils makes haste to join his King at Stamford Bridge, but the Saxon army are closing fast!
An excellent conclusion to the Viking trilogy: a real page turner. Tim Severin should be commended on his efforts to stay true to the Icelandic sagas: along with Norse mythology portrayed accurately - in honour of "The Old Ways".
Paul Tonks (author "The Mapping of Markesh").
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