Jason Born is the author of Lions & Devils, a series of adventure novels exploring the heroes and villains of the Muslim invasion of Europe in the Eighth Century. The Wald Chronicles is a research-intensive set of historical novels detailing the Germanic tribesmen and their struggle against and improbable triumph over Rome. All three books in the series - The Wald, Wald Afire, & Wald Vengeance - are available now. He is also the author of The Norseman Chronicles, a scrupulously researched set of historical novels telling the story of the Viking, Halldorr, who simply desired a warm hearth and a plump wife, but found that fate gave him so much more. Jason lives with his own plump wife and three skinny children in the Midwest. He is currently hard at work writing his next historical novel.
Paths of the Norsemanby Jason Born
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Paths of the Norseman is the second volume of the vividly-detailed historical chronicles of Halldorr, an orphan whose entire desire was to lay beside both a warm hearth and a plump wife, but the fate spun by the norns took a different thread. Instead, he found himself exiled, resigned to a life of raiding, killing for plunder and survival. In his first adventure he became bodyguard to a king, brutally fighting in monumental battles such as Maldon and Swoldr which were to be handed down for centuries in skaldic verse.
Now after watching so many of his countrymen slain in battle at the end of his last tale, Halldorr returns to Greenland with his adopted brother Leif to take revenge on the man who saw him wrongly exiled thirteen years ago. But returning home after so many years of killing, Halldorr finds he is a different man, so seizing upon his destiny is short-lived as he longs for journey. The new jarl of Greenland is only too happy to comply and commands Halldorr to discover new lands and new peoples, to settle in a foreign wilderness.
Soon, with Helluland and Markland in his wake and Vinland under his feet, Halldorr again finds that his hopes for peace are washed away by the waves of history as two peoples separated by an ocean for eons, collide. The choice for battle or peace is not his own and he is left fighting, assuming the persona of a Berserker of yore, in events which today we find etched in the Vinland Sagas.
All the while Halldorr follows the drumbeat of history, he still desires a woman to be his own. Freydis, the fiery enchantress from his youth, again bounds into his path. Will he fall under the trance of her wiles or seek the true love of Gudrid?
With fantastic characters from the pages of history – such as Erik the Red, Leif Eriksson, Thorhall the Huntsman, Bjarni Herjolfsson, Freydis Eriksdottir, and Gudrid the Wide-Travelled – brought to life full of faults, wit, and duty, Paths of the Norseman is the most engaging way to bring the past to life. Read it today.
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