West Oversea: A Norse Saga of Mystery, Adventure and Faith

West Oversea: A Norse Saga of Mystery, Adventure and Faith

by Lars Walker

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West Oversea: A Norse Saga of Mystery, Adventure and Faith 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SonnySJ More than 1 year ago
The storyline and the author's sense of humor drew me in. It was a little confusing for me because I was not familiar with the names of the Norse people but that did not detract from the story. I wanted to know what happened. I was not aware it was part of a series. This story is a reminder that no matter how far you go you can return home. Look out for the little gems that the author disperses throughout these pages. I received this book from Bookfun.org for an honest review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
West Oversea By Lars Walker A Norse saga of mystery, adventure and faith... Father Aillil is priest to those who live and serve under the authority of Erling Skjalgsson. When he hears rumors of an Irish thrall who fits the description of his sister Maeve, Father Aillil seeks Erling's aid in searching out this woman who has been taken to Greenland. When Erling's long-lost, presumed-dead, elder brother returns to Norway he gives over his leadership to Karri rather than fight for his rule. This frees Erling to make the journey across the sea that Aillil desires. But nothing is ever as easy as it sounds and the party that travels with Erling and Aillil faces dangers that are both unknown and expected. But the greatest danger may be the one Aillil carries with him - one that threatens his faith by tempting him with the gods of old that still vie for the hearts and souls of the people who call the far northern countries home. This book will expose the reader to the Norse history and mythology that shaped a region. There are definite elements of fantasy throughout. There is a map at the beginning of the book so that the reader can visualize this journey and there is a list of characters which I for one definitely referenced while reading. This isn't light reading but it is entertaining and somewhat educational. This book is geared towards older teen and adult readers though younger teens who have advanced reading comprehension are sure to enjoy it. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through BookFun with the expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
West Oversea: A Norse Saga of Mystery, Adventure, and faith by author Lars Walker is a 296 page paperback book. The cover is intriguing and inviting. It was my first experience with any of Author Walker's books. This Viking novel was extremely well written. This is Book Two in a series but can be read as a standalone with no problem. The author's writing style is nice. His characters are well defined and well rounded. Some are very funny and some downright sarcastic. Their dialogue and banter flows smoothly without awkwardness. Some will grab at your heart, some get sympathy, and others are just not likable. That is the mark of a good author. I found the book easy to read. Written in a narrative style it flowed well and made sense. The descriptions were enough that I felt like I was transported to another place and time but not long and boring. Author Walker had done thorough research. The book was well organized and well planned. It was well written, too. There were some twists and turns in it to keep readers guessing and on their toes. This tale is set in 1001 Norway. King Olaf is dead, and his brother-in-law Erling Skjalgsson is continuing the quest to make Norway a Christian nation. Through an unfortunate happening he ends up going to sea with Leif Eriksson searching for a new life with his family. His priest, Aillil, goes with them, also. In this journey they will experience adventures, danger, joy, and spiritual warfare, along with their faith in God. They will encounter storms, creatures, and nightmarish things, real or imagined. This book will stay with you long after you put it down. There is so much in it to contemplate. I enjoyed this interesting Christian action, adventure, mystery, Viking novel. It was so different from most fiction that I read. I would recommend it to anyone that likes Vikings, historical fiction, mysteries, or wants to try something new. Read it with a friend. You will want to discuss this one. I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
West Oversea by Lars Walker is a remarkable historical tale. First millennial Viking history is a little-known world to this reader and I imagine to many others as well. Walker does a great job, giving readers a seemingly realistic view of the Viking world--a harsh and hostile world. Apparently this is a sequel but can easily be read as a stand-alone story. Characters are strong and yet have the same feelings and failings as folks centuries hence. With the beginnings of Christian faith in their hearts, a Viking crew has decided to go to Greenland. But with the sea-bewildering winds, the ship is thrown off course. The book is full of compelling adventures of a people who need to rely on their crewmates and cunning to survive. Adventures that show changelings, shapeshifters, and animal creatures--are they real or imagined? And how does this faith in God differ from the superstitions of their former beliefs? What about this Eye of Odin? Does it really give Sight, visions of the future? Can it be trusted? Will they find Father Aillil's sister or will the trip be a bust? Walker tells a story of the weaknesses of the human soul and the hope that faith in God alone can bring. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Club network. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own.
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Raindream More than 1 year ago
"West Oversea" is a fantastic book and deserves to be one of many in a long series. Men like Erling Skjalgsson ought to spring readily to mind when men and boys think of heroes from the past. The story begins strong; the conflict which prompts Erling to sail west comes upfront. New problems emerge along the way, both small and large, and just when you start to wonder if the heroes will ever return home, the battle flames hot again. "West Oversea" is written within a beautifully rich framework. It is like an actor who does not break his character, even when everyone else goes off-script. Several decisions the characters make are not fully explained to the modern reader, making the story more believable and less of a teaching tool. So many Christian works of fiction seem to want to teach more than tell a story, but if they were to follow Shakespeare's example, much as this novel does, their stories would be better and their readers may have more to talk about. I'm thinking of how Hamlet dies at the end of his play, not because it's more dramatic for him to bite it along with the others, but for the sake of justice. He had murdered Polonius, therefore his life was justly forfeit-a life for a life unjustly taken, the essence of capital punishment. Does Shakespeare ever spell that out to us? No. In a similar way, Walker's tale has characters acting within their worldviews and not necessarily talking it through for the reader's sake. That may be the narrative style. Father Aillil, who relates the adventure to us, does not wallow in his emotions, even when he is deeply stirred. He gives us no soliloquy on the merits of living as Hamlet does. Many times, he merely acts. But the theme of the book is not at all opaque. Erling speaks it clearly in the beginning when he must decide how to deal with the overarching conflict of the book. "One kind of right is simple. You do what the law says. You keep your vows though it beggars you. The other kind of right is knottier. It means asking what action will bring the best fruit. . . . Looking at it that way, a man might persuade himself it was right to break the law; right to break his vows." Is there a good cause greater than one's duty to the law? Yes, if the law is unjust, but how much does it take for a man to argue the injustice of inconvenient law? That is Erling's position. He says, "I think any crime and dishonor might be justified" once a man allows himself to believe his desired end is the greater good.