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Top Customer Reviews
Set over 1,000 years ago, the world of the protagonist, 16-year-old Redknee, is far more dangerous than any modern computer game. In the first few chapters he encounters bloodshed, near death and the loss of people close to him; things which re-occur regularly during the novel. However, violence is always set in a moral context. Every time Redknee has the chance to kill an enemy, he reflects on whether he is justified and generally takes the path of magnanimity.
The story takes Redknee away from his Nordic homeland to a new world, yet like any classic `coming of age' tale, the most important journey is the transition from boy to man. V. Campbell puts Redknee through a range of challenges which allow him to develop from the main character of the book, to the hero of it.
Viking Gold is not a history lesson but the author's attention to detail about the era ensures that even if you start the book knowing little about Vikings, you will finish far better informed.
The story is fantastic, until you realise that, actually, its all possible. V Campbell evokes the atmosphere of the Viking life and gets you hankering for a sea voyage ...
It really is a great adventure story above all else and the best thing is, when you finally after much energy spent caring, worrying, encouraging and loving and even hating these characters, V Campbell gives a strong clue that after this epic saga this will not be the last we see of Redknee.
What I enjoyed most was the masterful plotting, the air of mystery and suspense which Campbell has been able to generate and sustain. You never know who our hero, Redknee, can trust and the various suspicions and false trails which pepper the tale owe as much to Denmark's Forbrydelsen as they do to the Laxdale Saga.
The author has eschewed any temptation to settle for easy or unimaginative plot points, for example at one point Redknee wonders if his nemesis is actually his father (c.f. Star Wars) but rather than spin this out as a lazier author may have, Campbell has Redknee confront Ragnar about this straight away only to have him laugh it off which allows us to move on to more important plot business.
Every effort has been made over historical accuracy yet the weight of research which has clearly gone into this is worn lightly and certainly does not smother the sheer joy of the adventure.
Given the pace of action and quality of the characterisation, we will perhaps be seeing the film adaptation of Viking Gold before too long, but more importantly the final chapters set us up for a rollicking sequel, and I - for one - can't wait.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 13 year old son and my husband really enjoyed reading this book. Here is my son's review!
Viking Gold is an amazing, action packed novel. I could never put it down! Read more
My two sons (aged 12 and 10) both absolutely loved this book. Highly recommended for children who enjoy a fast paced adventure. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2014 by Queen Of Toast
To many characters and a very rambling and confused plot. Did not like the style of writing. Nuatical knowledge of author was very poor. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2013 by vanguard1
Family feuds, bloody battles and exhilarating explorations are just a few aspects which make V Campbell's Viking Gold so enthralling. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2013 by J. Shearer
I would recommend this as a gift to young minds looking for a good read, entertainment to keep them company on school holidaysPublished on 28 July 2013 by Kmp
I found this book easy to read and it flowed along at a reasonable pace. It gets 4 stars as I didn't feel compelled to finish it the moment I picked it up but it was a well held... Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2013 by J G
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