Thursday, 5 June 2014

Swords of Good Men - Snorri Kristjansson

To Ulfar Thormodsson, the Viking town of Stenvik is the penultimate stop on a long journey in this riveting adventure of clashing Viking powers. Tasked with looking after his cousin after disgracing his father, he has traveled the world and now only wants to go home.

Stenvik is different: it contains the beautiful and tragic Lilja, who immediately captures Ulfar’s heart-–but Stenvik is also home to some very deadly men, who could break Ulfar in an instant.

King Olav is marching on Stenvik from the East, determined to bring the White Christ to the masses at the point of his sword, and a host of bloodthirsty raiders led by a mysterious woman are sailing from the north.

But Ulfar is about to learn that his enemies are not all outside the walls.

My thoughts:
At first I will admit that this will not be the historical for everyone. This is about war, fighting, a siege, death. You get the idea.

Ulfar comes with his cousin to Stenvik. And he is not the only one. King Olav is coming there too, and others to plunder and kill. But before that Ulfar falls for a mystery woman (yes those things can never end well). And we gets to see the tension in the city. It was a brutal time after all.

The raiders and King do not come at once. We get to see city life, the raiders planning and King Olav telling people his way or the highway. Yeah, I have never been a fan of those who say this religion is better, follow it or die. So I can't really be on his side then. Go back to your heathen ways Norway, do not listen to Olav.

Ulfar, he was interesting. Because he starts of, not naive, but in a way yes. He grows and sees the bloody side of things. It's not like he is a stranger to fighting but things will get messy in this town.

Vikings as they were. A time of Thor vs White Christ. Tensions in society and like always, people doing things they should not do.

Conclusion:
And the end, rather evil wasn't it? I will not tell you but it certainly made me wonder what Ulfar is up to next.

cover
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 5th by Jo Fletcher Books
The Valhalla Saga #1
Historical fiction
for review

42 comments:

BiblioSanctum said...

I really want to read this! One of the few titles I regret not checking out from Jo Fletcher Books, they haven't let me down yet.

~Mogsy

Unknown said...

I like my Historicals to be lighter than this. LOL I believe that this one may be a little too evil for me.

Carol said...

Vikings - I don't think I've ever read a book about Vikings. Not sure that this one grabs my attention though. Maybe fun Vikings.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Sometimes I like to go dark and gritty so I will add this to my wishlist.

Elysium said...

This sounds really good! I don't mind war and stuff if it's done well. Sometimes it just gets too boring.

Blodeuedd said...

I got book 2 coming up soon, stuff happened...BIG things..lol

Blodeuedd said...

Yeah...def not light

Blodeuedd said...

Fun vikings? Well then I say read historical romance with some hunky viking angel ;)

Blodeuedd said...

;)

Blodeuedd said...

I do get that, I read this one book about Hasting and it got to be dry

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I don't think this one is for me, I hate war and siege.

Unknown said...

I'm totally obsessed with Vikings (I've been watching the History channel show and it's awesome). I definitely need to check this one out!

Unknown said...

Very nordic and I love the names even if it's hard to pronounce!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I kinda like the cover. :)

Book of Secrets said...

I like my Vikings a bit more historical romance-y. ;) Heavy war stuff, not for me.

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Hmm not sure about that one if it would work for me. I go more romancy I think. lol But dang that cover is eye catching. The authors name O.o I don't even know how to attempt that one. lol

Chris said...

Almost Friday...

Nathan (@reviewbarn) said...

Vikings! and evil? But that is my kind of cover, I like it.

Melliane said...

I wonder but I prefer to read your review for this one. Not sure it's for me.

Teddyree said...

War, death, vikings ... my kind of book ;) I just started watching tv series Vikings ... gruesome and awesome!

Aurian said...

I don't think this one is for me B. Glad you enjoyed it.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Don't know if I would like the ending. Not big on war, so not sure if this one is for me. Hm...

Blodeuedd said...

I warned ya

Blodeuedd said...

Then I think you'd like it

Blodeuedd said...

Luckily I am Nordic ;)

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

Yes sorry, no sexy vikings here to sweep you off your feet

Blodeuedd said...

I'ts easy, well I do not have the Icelandic accent to say it, so I would just say it in a Swedish one ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Friday :D

Blodeuedd said...

Haha, yes shit is going down here

Blodeuedd said...

Aye not for everyone

Blodeuedd said...

The book for you then ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Not the book for everyone

Blodeuedd said...

The ending was good, well evil, ok not good...we will see lol

Unknown said...

Eh. Not much for evil endings, so we will see . . .

Carole Rae said...

VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This sounds pretty epic. Not going to lie.

Blodeuedd said...

Evil...good...you'd see

Blodeuedd said...

That it was

Lyn Kaye said...

Vikings. Key word. I'm sold!

Blodeuedd said...

LOL

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Yeah, go back to your heathen ways, Norway! That made me smile :)))

Blodeuedd said...

;)

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