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Historic page turner,
This review is from: King's Man (Viking) (Hardcover)
King's Man; the third in the Viking series - concludes the story of Thorgils and his dramatic life.
Enlisted into Varangian guard; Thorgils finds himself a key player in the court intrigue of the Byzantium Empire. Whilst stationed in Constantinople he meets Harald Prince of Norway; a driven, ambitious leader who dreams of glory and a Northern Empire comparable to that of King Knut's.
Ultimately the story leads Thorgils back to the north, where his powers of second sight find him serving Harald has an envoy. Tasked with forming an alliance with William of Normandy; Thorgils is tricked into allowing Harald's invasion of Britain to distract Harold Godwinsson's force: thus allowing the Norman fleet to land unopposed.
In an effort to warn Harald, Thorgils makes haste to join his King at Stamford Bridge, but the Saxon army are closing fast!
An excellent conclusion to the Viking trilogy: a real page turner. Tim Severin should be commended on his efforts to stay true to the Icelandic sagas: along with Norse mythology portrayed accurately - in honour of "The Old Ways".
Paul Tonks (author "The Mapping of Markesh").