Gorm, son of Hardecnutby Peter Vorobieff
Planet Heim. Several centuries have passed after Fimbulwinter - the ice age that wiped out most of the gods and mortals. The glaciers are receding, herds of mammoths, woolly rhinos, greatdeer, and other animals graze the steppes nourished by the melting ice, and several
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Planet Heim. Several centuries have passed after Fimbulwinter - the ice age that wiped out most of the gods and mortals. The glaciers are receding, herds of mammoths, woolly rhinos, greatdeer, and other animals graze the steppes nourished by the melting ice, and several tribes of survivors are rebuilding civilization.
Gorm's father is a chieftain of one of the western tribes. His mother was a priestess from the east, and her death is shrouded in mystery. Gorm leaves on a journey to meet the eastern relatives and ask them the questions his father refuses to answer. Certain truths are revealed to the young warrior, he makes new friends (some of them rather strange), and encounters the trail of blood and destruction left by a powerful adversary.
In the south, Thyra is the last descendant of the royal line with origins traceable to the mythical times before the winter of a thousand years. A regent rules in her name until a suitable husband is found to continue the dynasty. In the meantime, raids of the northern barbarians often prove too much for the crumbling fleet and the dwindling royal guard, and messengers bring disturbing news from the north and the west...
Defender of the Otter, the junior shaman of one of the tribes living north of the White Goose Bay, must find the reason why the pack ice is receding, and the fish and birds change their migration patterns, putting the livelihood of his tribe in danger. Could it be that the changes are brought upon by the sorcerers sailing in on strange ships from across the eastern ocean?
The epic novel spans two continents and several decades, tracing the adventures of Gorm, Thyra, and Defender of the Otter, along with several hundred of other characters - warlords, farmers, priests, smiths, scholars, fishermen, and one rather confused troll.
The tale of Gorm and Thyra is loosely based on the actual historical events of the ninth and tenth centuries of Earth's history. Gorm den Gamle (Gorm the Old) was a founder of the Danish monarchy, and the oldest monument with the name "Denmark" mentioned in writing is a runestone erected by Gorm in Thyra's memory.
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Peter Vorobieff is a mad Russian scientist living in the United States, building solar power stations, battle lasers, motorcycles, and race cars, and blowing stuff up.
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Sometimes you wait for a sequel (or a prequel) to a favorite nook or movie for years only to get a major disappointment (like it happened with the "new" Star Wars trilogy). The good thing about this book is... not a Jar Jar Binks in sight. If anything, "Nabla Kvadrat" was fun, but it was literary hooliganism. "Gorm..." is a mature novel, written in the tradition of history and historical science fiction writers like Vasiliy Yan or Ivan Efremov - but with just the right touch of that literary hooliganism.
Very good Russian prose, atmospheric, with a wide emotional range - from grim to hilarious, and great attention to detail. Vorobieff is indeed a worthy successor to 20th century historic fantasy writers like Efremov.