The Road to Vengeance (The Strongbow Saga Series #3)

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Halfdan Hroriksson is on the hunt.

Determined to find and fight his brother's killer, Halfdan knows he must first gain experience as a Viking warrior. He's been lucky so far. He gained passage on a ship and is quietly learning the strategies of war and conquest from the hardy crew. Now, with a prisoner in tow?the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat?Halfdan is finally starting to earn some respect, and a name for himself.

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Overview

Halfdan Hroriksson is on the hunt.

Determined to find and fight his brother's killer, Halfdan knows he must first gain experience as a Viking warrior. He's been lucky so far. He gained passage on a ship and is quietly learning the strategies of war and conquest from the hardy crew. Now, with a prisoner in tow—the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat—Halfdan is finally starting to earn some respect, and a name for himself.

But he is not looking for praise. Halfdan is only biding his time, gaining strength and skill for his ultimate quest. Time and again he proves himself on the battlefield, using clever strategy and an uncanny talent with a bow and arrow. Halfdan is growing as a warrior, but will this be enough to beat a savage murderer?

Through epic battle scenes and intimate power struggles, Judson Roberts brings the Viking world to pulsing life in this next chapter of the Strongbow Saga.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
In 845, Halfdan, a teenage Viking warrior, returns to Ruda (modern-day Rouen) with Genevieve, a Frankish nun he has taken prisoner. Though he began life as a slave born to a Danish chieftain and a captured Irish noblewoman, he was freed at his father's death and is now fighting under Hastein, a Viking captain who values Halfdan's skills with both bow and sword. His ultimate goal is to avenge the death of his half-brother, Harald, assassinated by another half-brother, Toke. Halfdan is a sharp strategist and a fierce fighter, yet he dislikes what he considers unnecessary killing and does his best to protect innocents who get in the way of warriors. Genevieve, his captive, is the daughter of Count Robert, ruler of Paris, but the two young people eventually cultivate a deep friendship and an understanding that both of them have been enslaved, for Genevieve's father has given her to the church against her will and she must return to the abbey when the count ransoms her. Both also believe deeply in honor. Halfdan is determined to keep his promise to avenge his brother and to permit no harm to come to Genevieve. Genevieve, though she doesn't want to be a nun, will not renounce her vows. Halfdan spends much of the book developing his warrior skills in bloody battles and fighting or eluding the men sent by Toke to kill him. Near the end, when he and Genevieve meet again in Paris after a Viking attack on the city, both realize how much they love each other and how hopeless their situation is. This compelling novel ends with the celebration of the Viking victory and Halfdan's defeat of one of his enemies in a duel fought in front of Hastein, Ragnar the warrior chief, and the rest of the Vikingarmy. The book is the third in the series called "The Strongbow Saga," and the ending points toward more voyages and adventures to come. Reviewer: Judy DaPolito
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060813048
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Series: Strongbow Saga Series , #3
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Judson Roberts brings an extensive, carefully cultivated knowledge of ninth-century Viking history to the Strongbow Saga. He also draws on a distinguished career investigating and prosecuting crime as an attorney and a special agent. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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The Strongbow Saga, Book Three: The Road to Vengeance

Chapter One

What Is His Plan?

An arrow whispered out of the dark and thudded into something solid. The sound startled me awake, and I reached out, frantically searching for my weapons. My hand hit something—I could not tell what—that fell over with a loud clatter.

"Hush!" a voice nearby said. "They cannot see us, but they are shooting at sounds."

The voice—it was Tore's—pulled me the rest of the way from my sleep, and I remembered where I was.

The Gull, the longship of Hastein, my captain, and the Bear, Ivar the Boneless's ship, were anchored, lashed side by side, in the middle of the Seine River. We were deep in the heart of Frankia. Dusk had been falling when they'd plucked me from the riverbank, where Frankish warriors had surrounded me. Deciding it was too dangerous to try to navigate the unfamiliar waters of the Seine in the dark, Hastein and Ivar had decided to wait the night out in the middle of the river, as far as possible from Frankish archers lurking along the shore.

Tore and Odd were crouched nearby, their bows strung with arrows nocked and ready, peering between the shields lashed along the side of the Gull.

"Do you see anything?" Tore whispered.

Odd shook his head. "No," he answered. "The shoreline is too far, and the shadows from the trees along it hide too much. He is somewhere over there, though," he added, pointing slightly upstream with his free hand, "judging from the angle of the last arrow that hit the side."

I was lucky to be alive; lucky to have returnedunharmed from the dangerous scouting mission our army's leaders had sent me on. I could still feel the fear of knowing that the time of my death was upon me. Yet once more, against all odds, I had survived. Once more, for reasons known only to them, the Norns had chosen not to cut the threads of my life, but instead had kept me alive and a part of the great pattern of fate they were weaving; the fate of all men and of the world itself. I had survived, but my death had felt so near and so certain that I could not shake its grasp from my heart.

Late the following afternoon, we reached Ruda, the Frankish town along the river that our army had captured and made its base. I did not want to return to the home of Wulf, the gruff Frankish sea captain, where I had been billeted before being sent out on the scouting mission. If I'd been alone, I would have gone to the palace, where the rest of the Gull's crew had made their quarters. But I was not alone. I had a prisoner.

When I pushed the door of his house open and stepped inside, Wulf, who was seated at the table in the main room, scrambled to his feet. For a moment he was speechless with surprise. Perhaps he'd thought—or even hoped—that I was dead. Quickly enough, though, he recovered both his wits and his voice, and began protesting loudly.

"I was not expecting you to return here. The town is calm now, and at peace. We no longer need your protection."

What he said was true. Most of our army was encamped on an island in the river just upstream from Ruda, rather than in the town itself, and Ragnar, the army's war-king, had forbidden our men from harassing the town's citizens. Soon enough we might be facing the main Frankish army. Ragnar did not want a hostile populace at our backs to deal with, in addition to a besieging force, if we had to defend ourselves from behind Ruda's walls.

"Why have you come back here?" Wulf continued. "Why do you not stay with the rest of your captain's men in the count's palace?"

Bertrada, Wulf's wife, was standing behind him, wringing her hands, an anxious expression on her face. I knew she could not understand what he was saying—Wulf was speaking to me in my own tongue, rather than the version of Latin spoken by the Franks. But his anger was obvious from the tone of his voice. No doubt she feared I might take offense. In truth, I was beginning to.

I pointed behind me. "I have come back to your home because of her. She is my prisoner. I need quarters where she will be safe." Surely Wulf could understand that. A woman—particularly one as young and comely as my captive—could not be housed in a hall filled with hardened warriors.

"You are concerned for her safety?" he exclaimed, and rolled his eyes—an insolent gesture which angered me. "Is this not a woman you stole? If her well-being worries you so, why did you take her? Surely she would have been safe if you'd left her with her own folk!

"I am running low on food," Wulf continued. "So long as your fleet is on the river, and our land is under attack by your army, I am unable to take my ship out—I am unable to trade. I can earn nothing with which to buy food for my own family. I cannot afford to feed two extra mouths. She is your problem. She is not my concern."

Genevieve, my prisoner, was standing just inside the doorway, slumped back against the wall, staring at us dully. She had stumbled from fatigue several times during the short walk from the river to Wulf's home, and looked as though she might fall asleep on her feet at any moment.

I felt almost as weary as Genevieve looked. I had been close to exhaustion before Hastein and Ivar had rescued me, and had slept little since. The Franks had been angry at losing Genevieve when they'd believed her rescue was assured. The archers they'd sent creeping to the river's edge had kept up a steady, if ineffectual, fire at us during the night. No one on board either ship had been hit, but after having been hunted for several days by the Franks, the occasional whistle of an arrow passing overhead, unseen in the dark, or the thud of a low shot striking the side of the ship had been enough to keep my nerves on edge, and had made sound sleep impossible.

The Strongbow Saga, Book Three: The Road to Vengeance. Copyright © by Judson Roberts. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    nice

    love. When's book 4?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Judson roberts ned More

    U need to make more books of this strongbow saga of vikings honor please. I enjoy reading these books and i need several more before it ends please now bad ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Awsome

    The book is awsome i just dont like that the sample is so short

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Laoved it

    Amazing series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2011

    Loved it!

    I read ALL the time!I love a well written book. Reading so often can be difficult becasue I can figure out every ending and predict almost every out come, But in this series it felt fresh and held my attention. These books are fun, fast paced, and packed with action and of course some love. Both my sister and I had so much fun reading the series. I started looking for the next one but it looks like he hasn't had them published.....

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

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    AWESOME!!!!!

    I REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENES IN THE END PLEASE HURRY UP AND FIND SOMEONE TO PUBLISH YOUR BOOK. I WILL BUY IT!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    awesome book

    I wish the author would find a publisher for the rest of the series already! He's not even bothering to write the rest of the series until he finds one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2010

    Marvelous Series

    This series is SO GOOD. Someone would have to be brain-dead not to love them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2009

    Im disappointed :(

    I loved this series so much. All three books are amazing. Im disappointed that the series stops there because the sales werent as well as was predicted. I want to know the ending. SO tell everyone you know to but the series. <3

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Reviewed by The Compulsive Reader for TeensReadToo.com

    Halfdan's quest for revenge continues in the third book of the riveting and highly entertaining STRONGBOW SAGA. <BR/><BR/>He returns to his ship and captain with his prisoner, Genevieve. But he finds it difficult to protect her while at the same time fending off attacks from Toke's men. <BR/><BR/>THE ROAD TO VENGEANCE is a vivid, honest portrayal of the trials and tribulations of life in the 9th-century, and it delivers an unflinching look at the many realties of that time period. <BR/><BR/>This is one high-spirited adventure novel that you won't soon forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2008

    Awesome

    Gun book i am 14 but i think its great i just couldn't put it dow i read it in one nightit was better than harry potter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    very good

    it was a very good book but it could have used a little more romance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    Marvelous

    This 3rd book in the series is marvelous. I felt as if I lived the story with the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    AMAZING

    This was an AWESOME book! I love this series 'i don't understand why its not more popular' I was so glad how this book was written plus it answered most of what you were wondering from the first and second book, but it still had you craving the next book. Also i love how the each of the books end because it keeps you wondering about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2008

    An absolute viking tale of thrilling adventure, and strategy. Halfdan's good honest nature has you completely drawn to him.

    This book i have been waiting to come out for months and when i finally got it i read it in one night. This book is not slow to start and get you right into the action of the story. All through the story Halfdan proves his worth over and over though many of those who should be his allies are trying to kill him. He keeps his word in everything and even in his captured prisoner, that no harm will come to her. The only thing i felt the book lacked was i bit more of a romance and even a better incite with Halfdan and Geneveive.

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