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Excellent finale to an excellent trilogy...
on 12 December 2005
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!