Monday, 27 May 2019

Council -Snorri Kristjansson



Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 16th 2019 by Jo Fletcher Books
Series: Helga Finnsdottir #2
Historical thriller mystery Crime
To review

I read reviews of book 1 who said it was not viking enough, which I felt was silly because it was Iceland and it was totally viking. Viking is more than raiding. But here I felt like the author tried making it more viking.

Here we have a king in a part of what is now Sweden. His people are coming to a council. Someone seems to want to make that council fall apart. And being a king back then you always worry about other kings too.

Helga is the heroine from book 1. That is she is the smart one who solves crime. Since this is after all, Viking noir, or whatever we should call it. And it is very Scandic. She does a lot of thinking, because what else can you do at that time. The only way to solve a crime is to think and ask questions.

There is a body, and, well I did not see anything coming. As for the end, what? It can not end like that? I have no idea what will happen in the next book. If I have to guess, well we have been from Iceland to Sweden so maybe, maybe she will solve a crime in Viking York or something. 

It was not as light in reading as book 1 (I did miss that), the author threw in a lot of curveballs and I never knew what to expect. Also, if that one person is not punished in book 3 I am going to be so freaking mad. I want death! A cruel death for that person.

I enjoyed it, and, arghh I can not sto thinking about book 3. Do not leave me like that

BlurbAfter five years on the road, Helga has finally settled near King Eirik’s court in Uppsala, where she’s well-regarded as a healer. She’s even in a relationship, of sorts.
But life is about to get a bit more exciting, for King Eirik has summoned all those who owe him fealty to the King’s Council and tempers are already flaring. The body of an unknown boy is found near the river, but with delegations from all over the country arriving and rumours of an imminent attack, there are more important things to attend to than the death of a nobody . . .
Only Helga suspects murder, until a second body makes it clear that someone is intent on breaking up the King’s Council – and that a traitor walks among them . . .

18 comments:

  1. I've not read any books about Vikings but have always been curious.

    I hope you'll enjoy the rest of the books in the series!

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    1. WHat, none? Not even those silly viking romances? lol

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  2. I would be curious to try them

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  3. I like the unexpected. I also would take your opinion that it is Viking enough. :)

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    1. LOL, well what I know to be viking, other countries seem to think of the killing and raiding more

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  4. Love that thinking and asking questions, not silly at all.

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  5. I've read a few books with an Iceland setting but I felt they were stilted due to translation issues. They were all thrillers.

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  6. I do love mysteries. Haven't heard of this one, but I'll check it out. :)

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  7. Wow! I'm so confused. Sounds like you had many feelings over this one.

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  8. I am so happy this left you wanting more, I can't wait to read it for myself!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I did prefer book 1, but the end here promises so much more

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  9. Not Viking enough must mean not like the TV show. LOL
    Sounds like both books are pretty good.

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    1. Haha, yes! I fear everyone watches that no and thinks it was all like that

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  10. KIN's sequel! Yesss!! I hadn't realized there would be three books!

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    1. I do wonder where the next one will take her. She does not want to settle down

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  11. I'm surprised you read book 2! But I'm glad you did! Curious to see what book 3 has in store for ya!

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    1. Surprise? Book 1 was one of the best books I read last year

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