Erling's Word

Erling's Word

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by Lars Walker
     
 

The Vikings had killed Ailill's parents, raped his sister and kidnapped him. Stripped of his family, his home, his faith and his freedom, he saw no future but slavery. Then he was mistaken for a priest and rescued by the Norwegian noble Erling Skjalgsson. Now "Father" Ailill must face the dangers of life in a hostile land, the enmity of those who cling to the old gods…  See more details below

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The Vikings had killed Ailill's parents, raped his sister and kidnapped him. Stripped of his family, his home, his faith and his freedom, he saw no future but slavery. Then he was mistaken for a priest and rescued by the Norwegian noble Erling Skjalgsson. Now "Father" Ailill must face the dangers of life in a hostile land, the enmity of those who cling to the old gods, and the political turmoil of a nation being born.

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VOYA - Diane Yates
Whenever a new religion is introduced into a country, there is a struggle between it and the old religion. People cling to the old ways and are troubled and disturbed when their gods are questioned. Here, Walker supposes what might have happened back at the turn of the last millennium when Christianity came to Viking Norway. When Ailill is taken as a slave from his Irish homeland by the fierce Viking raiders, he saves himself from certain death by pretending to be a priest. The Christian hersir Erling Skjalgsson buys Ailill and takes him home to bring the word of the true faith to his Viking people. Although Ailill performs all the rites of the church, he struggles with the great theological questions of any age: what does God want from us mortals, and what is the meaning of this life? Meanwhile, there are many fierce battles, both with men and with sendings from the other gods, who would undermine the new Christian faith. The result is a Norse saga wrapped in a hair shirt. Both introspective and bloody, this is not strictly a YA book. It would provide good discussions in a history or religion class for older teens. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P S (Readable without serious defects, For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

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ISBN-13:
9780671878504
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.23(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.91(d)

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Erling's Word 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Respectabiggle More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! Compelling characters, excellent historic accuracy, gripping action and believable moral conflicts.