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Original, finely-crafted, and just all-out wonderful.,
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This review is from: The King of Vinland's Saga (Paperback)
Written with a cool detachment that lends dignity to its characters, this is an epic story of Vikings and Indians (now I've seen it all). Our hero is Sigtrygg, black sheep of the family of Leif Erikson's descendants, who finds the farm that is his rightful inheritance cut from under him by his relatives. In return he is offered a ship to sail to Vinland (the good ol' USA). Even this is contested, and Sigtrygg's troubles increase exponentially as he sets out.
The compelling saga is full of adventure, with a strong but unintrusive plot. Whilst the themes are operatic (Love, Death and Fate feature prominently), the narrative is stoically understated. The climax is powerful and moving, not through any special-effects gimmickry, but because of a hard-earned sense of tragic inevitability. I finished it in the small hours and went to bed sniffling and biting my quivering lip.
The book itself is tragically under-exposed. If you can afford it, buy it. Full stop.