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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 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.
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on 13 June 2015
Having read none of The Foreworld Saga but wanting a short yet fully contained read, I picked up this novella as a trial. I wasn’t disappointed. The authors do a brilliant job of setting characters within their time without a turgid lesson on history or lifestyle. That Sigrid is a Shield-Maiden in her first battle is not conveyed on the page as a crass “blond beauty picks up weapon in rage”; there is a back-story of years of training and following in her aunt’s footsteps.

The fight scenes are vivid and mesmerising in their intricacy, especially as Sigrid’s training kicks in and she slips into the ‘Vor’. For this alone it is well worth the read. There isn’t much time in the novella for her and Halldor’s relationship to grow, but he recognises the ‘Vor’ in her before he sees it, giving a glimpse into his own spirituality. I shall pick up another in the series.
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VINE VOICEon 4 January 2013
This story moved me greatly. Always being taken in easily by a story of a courageous woman, this is well told and made me care for the characters. It flows along lightly, setting the scene, identifying era and location, then coming to a crescendo with a battle and the main character's personal development.
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on 9 April 2013
This is an excellent story flawed only by being so short might not buy another from this author unless I know how many pages before I purchase. Seems there is a trend to break up longer stories to make more books. To much of this and it becomes as expensive as paperback.
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on 1 October 2013
I enjoyed this book. I really like the idea of a girl as a warrior, not as something extraordinary but taken as something quite natural. Exciting adventure with interesting characters.
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on 21 December 2013
If you like Saxons, Viking and intricate descriptions of battles and weapons, this will not dissapoint. Its a pity it was so short a story, I would have liked a lot more of the same.
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on 1 April 2013
This was a well written and although short, enjoyable read. It is focused very much on female strengths and was clearly well researched historically too. I'd recommend it.
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on 11 February 2013
Good story that moves well and keeps you entertained throughout the read, I was sad when the story ended. I would have liked it to be twice as long.
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on 4 October 2013
I really enjoyed this story about the blossoming of a young woman as a gifted warrior. The only problem I had with it was that it is too short!
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on 1 October 2013
Reasonably strung together without much flair. Passed an afternoon in hospital but would probably have failed to grip otherwise. Extra word.
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