- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (4 Nov. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330426745
- ISBN-13: 978-0330426749
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sworn Brother (Viking) Paperback – Unabridged, 4 Nov 2005
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Steeped in bloody battles and brooding Norse mythology, this epic saga follows the exploits of Viking adventurer Thorgils Leiffson. A fine, page-turning trio of tales that sweeps the reader back in time.
Sworn Brother continues an utterly compelling journey back in time to a Viking world that is brimming with wonderfully crafted characters and their insatiable hunger for riches and renown.See all Product description
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We follow the life of Thorgils, his childhood, and his parents and his adventuring far and wide in the era of the Vikings and on into manhood, with his worldly views chopping and changing as he tries to find himself. It's brilliant to see a book take the step of bringing to life the settlements on Greenland and the interconnections and intrigues of all the Scandinavian countries. There's even a phase of the book set in Ireland!
In reading this book it's hard not to feel like you are experiencing all the travels by the side of Thorgils and seeing what he's seeing. There is a rich depth to the "old ways" versus the new religion of Christianity. If you didn't know much about norse mythology before reading this book, you will be searching out books on the subject afterwards. The Vikings are prortrayed in a wonderful earthy and in some cases mystical tone, making for great reading.
It's a strong story, and you're never entirely sure where the trilogy is going to go, but you feel you have to stick to it and find out. The book is written in a good style that flows easily and makes for a great fast "page-turner" volume! The characters have depth and you get to love and hate many of them along Thorgils' journey.
I'm well into reading book 2, "Sworn Brother" now, and I'm still of the opinion that this is an excellent triology, refreshing and gripping! 5 Stars!
Tim Severin has done a great job in writing down the cultures and traditions of all the people Thorgils meets, this trilogy is a must read for all people who love historic fiction and even more so for people who are into the old northern ways.
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