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Odinn's Child
     

Odinn's Child

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by Tim Severin
 

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In 1001, the young child, Thorgils Leiffson, son of Leif the Lucky and Thorgunna, arrives on the shores of Greenland to be brought up by a young woman—Gudrid. Thorgils is a rootless character of quicksilver intelligence and adaptability. He has inherited his mother’s ability of second sight, and his mentors teach him the ancient ways and warn him of the

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In 1001, the young child, Thorgils Leiffson, son of Leif the Lucky and Thorgunna, arrives on the shores of Greenland to be brought up by a young woman—Gudrid. Thorgils is a rootless character of quicksilver intelligence and adaptability. He has inherited his mother’s ability of second sight, and his mentors teach him the ancient ways and warn him of the invasion of the “White Christ” into the land of the “Old Gods.” Guided by a restless quest for adventure and the wanderlust of his favored god, Odinn, Thorgils’ fortunes will take him into worlds of unimaginable danger and discovery.

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Steeped in bloody battles and brooding Norse mythology, this epic saga follows the exploits of Viking adventurer Thorgils Leiffson. A fine, page-turning trio of tales that sweeps the reader back in time.

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"This fantastical historical adventure serves up a satisfying blend of action, intrigue, and suspense."

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ISBN-13:
9780330426732
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
Viking Trilogy Series
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
245,928
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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Odinn's Child: The Heroes of the North Live On 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
UncleHammy More than 1 year ago
it is hard to find good Viking fiction, most is very repetitive and if you have read one you have read the entire genre. Not Odin's Child. Odin's Child takes a different approach, yes there are battles, yes there is Runes, yes there is sieder magic, yes there are bezerkers and yes there are long ships, but those are all background for the main story of a boy trying to find his place in the world, literally. Thorgils is a young child who never really knew his mother who died when he was a baby, his father (Leif Ericsson) sends him away to find his own way in life. The book spans the first 15 years of his life and takes Thorgils from Orkney Island to Vinland, Iceland, Greenland, Isle of Man, and Ireland where he finds adventure and interesting characters at every stop. Along the way he becomes a settler, a soldier, a slave, a monk and a criminal. This is not your typical viking story of epic battle after epic battle. It is the story of one boy and his struggle to find acceptance. Well written, it is a good page turner.
Williamsdottir More than 1 year ago
First, I must say that I take an immediate interest to the Norse lore, from the Norse Viking warriors to the gods that they worshipped. Now, as someone who like to read books, I like books set in the past, especially fictional ones based on real people. Finally, as a person that takes interest in literature containing a non-fictional Norse character, I loved this book. It was well written and I like the point of view. You follow the male protagonist in finding out about his life, and about how he is living. I wouldn't recommend this book to children or people who are disinterested in Norse culture. I would recommend this book to young adults and adults, as well as those who enjoyed the Percy Jackson series. It can become a bit fast paced at times, but is otherwise a good read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though some people are not into nose mythology this book will get you hooked on it. The way the author tells the story from the point of view of the main character. The story shows the hardships of life for a young boy growing up in the norse era while transitioning into the white christ era