The Half-Drowned King

The Half-Drowned King

by Linnea Hartsuyker


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ISBN-13: 9780062563699
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Series: Golden Wolf Saga Series , #1
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 274,081
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Linnea Hartsuyker can trace her family lineage back to the first king of Norway, and this inspired her to write her debut novel, The Half-Drowned King, the first book in her trilogy about the Vikings, which was published by HarperCollins in the US, and internationally in six other countries. The Half-Drowned King was an Indie Next and a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick, and was named the best historical fiction book of 2017 by the American Library Association. Linnea grew up in the woods outside Ithaca, New York, studied Engineering at Cornell University, and later received an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. 

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The Half-Drowned King: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TheLiteraryPhoenix 14 days ago
This is such an underrated novel and I really enjoyed it. Firstly, I'm game for historical fiction - overly sexualized love stories tend to push me away from it, but I actually really like historical fiction and felt like I didn't read enough of it last year. So I'm wicked happy The Half-Drowned King popped up on my TBR. It's got a little of everything from viking culture - their gender roles, their economy and culture, and just the right amount of politics and raiding. This felt like more of a story about vikings with Ragnvald, Svanheld, and Solvi as tour guides than a vicious revenge story, and I am 100% okay with that. Everything of a historian in me was GLEEFUL about the way this story is told. It feel steeped in reality - nothing sensational about it. I did a bit of poking around after I finished, and discovered that a lot of the characters are either inspired by someone real, or WERE someone real. We don't have a lot of information about the vikings simply because they existed largely in the ninth century - over 1100 years ago - so this is a fantastic platform for historical fiction. Okay - reining in my history nerd. The characters were well-developed and fit into their time period. That latter bit is important - it's very easy to insert modern understanding into historical contexts and its the historian's job NOT to do that... so I think Hartsuyker did a fantastic job of making these characters feel both historically real AND still relatable. I think that some people will be bored with the pacing. I'm sure many people will go into this and think: AHA! VIKINGS! VIOLENCE! but that's not how this novel works at all. There's a lot of time on land, in politics and family life. The bits of violence are quick and real. There's even one battle where Ragnvald seems disappointed about how easy it was. There's nothing sensational about this novel, so don't go in looking for HIGH ADVENTURE and GORY BATTLE SCENES because they're just not in this one. I really, really liked this book and thought it was so different from anything I've read - both in YA and historical fiction. I'm definitely going to keep an eye on Linnea Hartsuyker's writing, and pick up the rest of this series.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Kept the pages turning.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The detail, prose, characters, and story line was excellent