9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A good book, an interesting read, but not spectacular!,
This review is from: Viking: Odinn's Child: Odinn's Child No. 1 (Paperback)
Odinn's child is the first in Tim Severin's Viking series featuring the character Thorgils Leifsson. The book is a fascinating account of Norse culture and beliefs. It gives great insight into the way of life in Northern Europe at the beggining of the eleventh century. The tale follows the central character's rootless early years through growing up in Iceland and Greenland, attempted settlement on the North American coast and slavery in Ireland.
Although Severin goes into great depth and detail in this novel, he fails to grip the reader in the same way that Bernard Cornwell and Robert Low do, in their Viking tales. At times the book even threatens to bore the reader, but it generally just manages to save itself in the nick of time with brief moments of intriguing action.
On the whole this book is worth a read, but it is a huge distance away from being the greatest Viking saga written in recent years.