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Posted February 6, 2002
Tired of the same old same old in heroic fantasy/swords-and-sorcery? Try Lars Walker's books. Great stuff in the tradition of Poul Andersen and other writers from the days of Unknown magazine -- but not rehashed. Walker knows his Norse sources well, like the late Poul A. (and, like him, deploys them without being pedantic) & -- you'll see -- knows how to make a reader keep turning pages. Don't miss this one. I am truly eager for more of Erling's saga.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 15, 2000
This is Lars Walker, the author, telling you about my own book. I'm writing my Erling Skjalgsson books on a schedule -- each appears exactly 1000 years after the real dates of the events described in the book. So THE YEAR OF THE WARRIOR is a fantasy story set in actual history -- Norway at the first millennium. It was a time of tremendous change -- a new religion and a new political order were coming to power. THE YEAR OF THE WARRIOR tells the story of Father Aillil, priest to Erling Skjalgsson of Sola, one of the most powerful men in Norway. Aillil is a reluctant missionary, and a priest only by accident -- or God's will, depending on your viewpoint. There's a certain danger in writing about Vikings. As much as past historians may have shortchanged the Vikings because they were pagans fighting Christians, modern historians glorify them (ironically for the same reason). I have an opinion of my own, and I employ it shamelessly. I think paganism is a bad thing (or at least an inferior thing) which may be followed by good people. And I think Christianity is a good thing which may be followed by bad people. This presents enough conflict and ambivalence for a whole series of books -- which, by the way, I intend to write. It should be noted that THE YEAR OF THE WARRIOR is a double volume, including the previously published work ERLING'S WORD, in a slightly revised version. I hope this is acceptable to those who've already read EW. The price is about the same you'd have paid for a single volume.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.