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Another solid sidequest in the Mongoliad world - but not as clearly related to the main story so far
on 25 February 2013
As already established, the Mongoliad (The Mongoliad: Book One (The Foreworld Saga)) universe is constantly being enriched by prequels and side quests, this being one of them. Happening in Norway, with an interaction between some Shield Brethren enroute to Tyrshammar and the local population, with the pairing fending off a Danish raid on the local fishing village. The story is focused primarily on Sigrid - the chief's daughter, who is at the same time a Shield Maiden, and uncannily handy with spear and axe.
Like the others (Sinner: A Foreworld SideQuest (The Foreworld Saga), Dreamer: A Foreworld SideQuest (The Foreworld Saga), etc.), the book is very short - basically the equivalent of a handful of chapters. It is well written, and action packed - therefore easy to read quickly. It provides additional richness to the world described (13th century Europe, this time the Northern parts) and should be quite interesting to people more fascinated by Norse sagas and history (irrespective of whether they find the politicking between Christian orders of the time, or the Mongol state exciting).
The characters of course cannot be painted in depth but the brief description through their thought and action is good enough to add some colour, to what could be a fairly two dimensional cast (given the length of the story).
The one criticism that can potentially be leveled at this side quest is that there is less connection to the Mongoliad protagonists (state the end of The Mongoliad: Book Two (The Foreworld Saga)) than in the other side quests / prequels, so it is really more of a nice to have than a useful addition to the world. Still, I do not regret getting it, and it works equally well as a stand alone short story.