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Hailstone Mountain (The Erling Skjalgsson Saga Book 4) by [Walker, Lars]
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f732264) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f77c2c0) out of 5 stars Lars Walker Does It Again! 2 May 2013
By Hunter Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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When I read Lars Walker's Year of the Warrior, I got an introduction to his characters Erling (the Viking) and Aillil (the Irish priest). Since that time, I have been hooked on the stories chronicling their lives together. You need not read them in order. It is possible to enter the Erling story at almost any point and have the wonderful reading experience that Walker delivers every time. I have read everything he has published and will continue to do so as long as he keeps writing.

Hailstone Mountain contains several stories within a story. It reminds me to some degree of the old Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser tales in the sense that the two heroes have consecutive adventures made all the more interesting by their different talents and personalities. Fantasy at a very high level.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f7d5348) out of 5 stars A Ripping Viking Yarn 18 Mar. 2013
By Phil Wade - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an absolute ripping yarn, as ripping a yarn as you are likely to find, and unlike some TV series, it's steeped in solid historical detail. Do want a fun sense of how Vikings lived in 1000 A.D.? Read Lars' Erling novels.

This one is the fourth, but the first two are combined into one book, The Year of the Warrior. Next comes West Oversea, which you can learn about by searching this blog. And here, Hailstone Mountain. brings us the courageous, noble Erling Skjalgsson stepping into the battle of his life.

First, he appears to be wasting away without reason. Father Ailill discerns he has been poisoned by magic and must find the magician to break the spell. Erling isn't willing to risk everyone's life on a quest to save his own, so his family and friends fear he will die, but when Lemming's daughter disappears, they suspect she has been kidnapped by the minions of old magical people who kill select people in order to live forever. Whereas he would not fight for his life, Erling will fight against this abomination. That is what kicks everything off, and Lars doesn't spend a chapter here and there describing the life cycle of trees. Each adventure builds to the next.

Lars' heroes are epic sized, but they are also realistically drawn. They deal with honor, slavery, and bigotry just as their historic counterparts did. One of the moving threads in this book has German priests refusing to work with a pagan magician who has joined their team. They could not condone the work of the devil in this man (a fair idea), and yet their motives were also of the devil. Sometimes, Ailill is no better. I wonder if he had a greater concept of God's magnificent grace and less of his own worthlessness, would he have spoken an apt word to these men, like he does to the pagan in the beginning, and temper their distain? But bigotry runs deep, especially when its partially dug by religious convictions. It's slow to correct course.

In a dark hour when Ailill is forced passed his self-centered lethargy, he says, "It was an awful thing, to be the Beloved's mouthpiece... But He does His work in the dark and deadly places, and His tools are easily broken, for He delights in turning them to unwonted uses." Then he must speak the Word. He must tell his small congregation how he sees the world and what little hope he has for it, and he wrestles with God (not unlike Jacob did) over whether there's any good in it.

And is there any good in the world? Though some men live to fight another day, many do not. Where is the good for them? Can't tyranny be tolerated for the sake of a kind of peace? Can the slave live a meaningful life? These are the themes this book may leave you thinking over.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f7e606c) out of 5 stars Buy this book! Another great book from Lars Walker 18 July 2013
By Cecile - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this series and have been anxiously awaiting this latest chapter in the saga. It did not disappoint- great adventure, constant danger, unpredictable turns, spiritual warfare.

I highlighted many passages to add to my quote book. Walker writes the great truths of life; love, loyalty, courage, hope, sacrifice, fear, faith, mercy, humility. I love that the story is told by Father Ailill, a man who can't understand how he can be of use to anyone, much less God.

I highly recommend.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f7d5d8c) out of 5 stars A great saga! 9 July 2013
By Peter A. Bauernfeind - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again, Lars Walker delivers another wonderful Erling saga full of action, story-telling and solid Christianity. Having read all his books, the characters in the Erling sagas have become dear to me and I am happy to read of their continuing adventures once more. This book offers several battles that span sword fights, spiritual struggles and emotional trials. The monsters are a fresh telling of the old Norse and Germanic foes found in the old sagas. I highly recommend this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f7c21f8) out of 5 stars a great read. 24 July 2013
By J. King - Published on Amazon.com
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A good book is a story that you continue to mull over months later. The characters feel as real as anyone I know or met on a daily basis. well minus a few supernatural events that is. I have and will continue to recommend these tales to those seeking out a new author.
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