- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 731 KB
- Print Length: 548 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492176524
- Publisher: Warrior Poet Publications; 1 edition (11 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GM5HHXK
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,912,931 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ludvigson's historical fantasy revolves around a Danish warrior Soren Gormson, an unabashed warrior and "berserker" in the classic sense. When Soren, as a young man, finds himself washed ashore in enemy territory, he finds within himself the very spirit of the feared Danish warriors.
Even in the late 9th Century, life was not simple. Soren's skill as a warrior earn him the favor of his adopted father and Jarl, Gorm, but the enmity of his adopted brother Knudt. In addition, Soren, who earns the literal favor of Odin, the All Father, finds himself enmeshed in a battle with the Christians, whose faith seems unshakable. These layers of storytelling, leading up to the historical events of the Second Siege of Paris were highly reminiscent of Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stories, in a very good way. Readers may find some of the earlier, unexplained events, puzzling. Even when the fantasy elements are introduced, these aren't fully resolved, although they will make more sense in retrospect. That shouldn't deter anyone from reading.
Ludvigson has the ability to create a pacing and flow in "Iron Song (The Nephilim Chronicles)" that will engage most readers. He brings to life Soren's story and provides interesting twists and turns, weaving together historical and fantasy genres in a near seamless tapestry.
The book is set in Denmark during the Viking age, when the Danes undertook raids throughout Christian Europe. It is infused with Norse mythology and magic (something that I have neglected during my reading of fantasy fiction, history and mythology—and, I must say something in which the author has sparked my interest).
The book is filled with action from the very beginning. And the author is very good at bringing the reader into it with great detail and wonderful description.
The main character, Soren, develops through the story from a young man into an accomplished warrior, blessed with the strength of the legendary berserkers. His character is fun to read and root for as he grows throughout the book in power and in wisdom.
What I like most is the historical feel to this book. Despite the magic and mythology, or perhaps because of it, it undoubtedly has the feel of good historical fiction. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys character driven fiction, non-stop action, and wants to learn a little bit about the Danes.
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