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Viking Warrior (The Strongbow Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 4 in The Strongbow Saga (4 Book Series)
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Still, I did enjoy the series for all that..... Roll on the next episodes, let's just hope they're a bit longer!
For me the negative was Halfdan's age (fourteen when this saga starts). At fifteen Halfdan is ordering men twice his age about and threatening veteran warriors, not to mention killing them, like a far more experienced man. In less than twelve months Halfdan has gone from a slave to an extremely talented young man, learning skills that others can only dream of after years of training and dedication.
However, don't be put off. If you can forget Halfdan's age, and Jud Roberts doesn't remind the reader of it too often, the story reads well as it captures the reader and carries you along in this compelling tale. The story doesn't unfold at a pace that will leave you breathless; the tempo is more measured than that and thoroughly engrossing because of it.
In Viking Warrior we meet Halfdan, a slave, and his slave Mother, and the remarkable chain of events that sees Halfdan freed. As the sole survivor of the ambush and treachery that saw the death of his new brother, Harald, and the small band of warriors accompanying them, Halfdan's quest for vengeance begins as he is pursued through the forest where he sets about turning the tables on his hunters.
Like others, having read the first book in the series, I immediately went on to read books two and three, and now eagerly await book four, which according to Jud Roberts' website should be with us in the early part of 2012. In spite of my disquiet at Halfdan's age, I haven't down graded my Star Rating of the series because I thoroughly enjoyed the telling of this tale, and I would happily recommend it to you.
I do, however, have a number of gripes with this series. Fundamentally it is very like Cornwell's Thomas Hookton trilogy, rather too much in fact. I won't throw in any spoilers here, but if you've read the Cornwell work you'll see the similarity. This isn't an accusation of plagiarism - far from it - but it does mean you'll draw a comparison with Cornwell's works.
Where Roberts' story-telling begins to falter in comparison is twofold; Firstly, despite the obvious knowledge of the period, the language used in discourse between the protagonists can be jarringly modern. Whilst I don't expect the story to be told in old Danish, the appearance of the word 'Rendezvous' between two hairy Danish Jarls is very strange. It is notable in appearance because most other historic novelists avoid these like the plague.
Secondly, although the tale seems to be a novel retelling of a Norse saga, it frequently crosses the border from fantastic into silly. Through book two and into this one, Halfdan basically morphs into a Viking Rambo. Indeed, the whole transition from Thrall to stone cold killing machine is rather swift. Where Cornwell's usual heroes (Uhtred, Derfel, etc) have an extended period of learning their trade, Rambodan is fighting like a god after a few short months. Although this in itself it not implausible, the muscle development required to shot a longbow repeatedly in combat takes more than a few months to develop, similarly with spear and shield.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I very probably would give it five stars if you offer it for 99p and I read it all!Published 1 month ago by Rev Michael S Bostock
Shows an excellent depth of research into social history of the period, use of language, food and weaponry particularly good. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a buy for 99p in the daily deal, its a great first book in the series. GREATPublished 6 months ago by Jonathan Hughes
Listened and loved this series of 4 books, the audio narration is very good.Published 6 months ago by Daniel Mclean Fisher
Well worth a read. I came across this book, the first of five, whilst trawling through Amazon's recommendations and I'm glad I discovered it. Onto the second book...Published 18 months ago by Dor
Bit patchy at first but developed well. Later novels in the series are much betterPublished 20 months ago by peeps
The author has obviously researched and studied the history and legends of the subject. Whilst the historical facts are entwined with the authors " poetic licence " to... Read morePublished on 24 May 2014 by Terry NOBLE