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Excellent start to an intriguing trilogy
on 3 July 2005
From the start the book draws the reader in, with the writings of a monk(the lead character and narrator of the story, Thorgils) and that his life entailed much more than living in a monastery.
We follow the life of Thorgils, his childhood, and his parents and his adventuring far and wide in the era of the Vikings and on into manhood, with his worldly views chopping and changing as he tries to find himself. It's brilliant to see a book take the step of bringing to life the settlements on Greenland and the interconnections and intrigues of all the Scandinavian countries. There's even a phase of the book set in Ireland!
In reading this book it's hard not to feel like you are experiencing all the travels by the side of Thorgils and seeing what he's seeing. There is a rich depth to the "old ways" versus the new religion of Christianity. If you didn't know much about norse mythology before reading this book, you will be searching out books on the subject afterwards. The Vikings are prortrayed in a wonderful earthy and in some cases mystical tone, making for great reading.
It's a strong story, and you're never entirely sure where the trilogy is going to go, but you feel you have to stick to it and find out. The book is written in a good style that flows easily and makes for a great fast "page-turner" volume! The characters have depth and you get to love and hate many of them along Thorgils' journey.
I'm well into reading book 2, "Sworn Brother" now, and I'm still of the opinion that this is an excellent triology, refreshing and gripping! 5 Stars!