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2nd book as good as the 1st!
on 4 July 2005
This is an excellent 2nd book in the trilogy.
Following on from the 1st book "Odinn's Child" we join Thorgils in England, where we discover he has become the lover of King Knut's wife Aelfgifu. And to not give too much more away THAT is just the start of yet another book full of adventure, mysticism and intrigue!
There are some more interesting cultures introduced when Thorgils finds himself in Finland and then on his path to Constantinople, which is a great addition, to use the old viking trade routes. A lot of story happens between England and his trail to Constantinople though.....in fact the book is packed with new plots and twists the reader didn't see coming.
The writing is again of high quality, allowing the reader to "see" and experience everthing Thorgils goes through. There is some wonderful continuity with characters from "Odinn's Child" reappearing in this volume, adding even more depth to their personas. There are some great new characters too, including the main new character of Grettir....a fascinating Icelandic man, and a guy called Edgar.
Again we travel along as Thorgils describes his life, it's highs its lows and its moments of new experiences. It's a truly fabulous book, and bringing in a couple of new cultures from the age adds even more to the world it's set in. It's also nice to see at the end, the author relates the real story(folk tale/history) that he based his latest work around. Excellent read, can't wait for the 3rd book now! 5 Stars!