The Line of His People

The Line of His People




"The author conjures up the times well. Viking lovers will pillage through the pages." - Rob London, author of We, The Network.

"A well-written tale with vividly imagined characters and a plot that kept me interested the whole time." - Trevor Schmidt, author of The Corsair Uprising series.

France, 799 A.D.

Northmen sacked the monastery at dawn before anyone had awakened. They burned the village and slaughtered all who stood in their path. The relics of Saint Philbert were lost and the island was abandoned by those who once dwelled there.

Sixteen years later a monk named Abriel who had survived the attack as a boy is sent to recover the relics to help restore the reputation and legitimacy of the order. What he discovers on his journey changes his life forever.

Northmen had colonized the island in the absence of the monks. They hold the key to finding the relics, but they have greater plans for Abriel; plans that will take him to the North to find his destiny.

Includes an excerpt from The Oath of the Father (Kindred of the Sea, vol. 2).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989929127
Publisher: CJ Adrien
Publication date: 06/16/2014
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

C.J. Adrien, a French-American scholar with a passion for Vikings, developed his love for history at the Chateau de Noirmoutier, a site renowned for its influence by Scandinavian raiders. Today you can regularly count on him to surprise anyone, including his fifth grade students, dressed in a full set of 10th Century Norman armor. His debut novel, The Line of His People, was inspired by research he conducted in preparation for a doctoral program in early medieval history as well as his admiration for historical fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett. You can follow C.J. Adrien on Twitter (@ChristophAdri1), on Facebook (, and on his website

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ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite I like Vikings, the TV show and the historical people it is based on. That is why I was interested in reading The Line of His People by C.J. Adrien. I thought that almost any book about Vikings would be action packed and generally interesting. If it is well written it would also be thought provoking and informative. I was right. The Line of His People is well researched and well written. C.J. Adrien added a deeper element to the tale by making the protagonist a Christian monk. These elements are woven into an exciting tale that paints an interesting portrait, not only of the main character, but of the times. The Line of His People is full of conflict and historical detail. It has a variety of great characters from all walks of life at that time. I enjoyed it. I got a feel of how life must have been back then for people of various nationalities, religions, and educational backgrounds. For me, a key element in a good novel is how well the author portrays all the characters. Not just the main ones, but also the minor ones. Not just the good ones, but even the ones doing bad things. C.J. Adrien came through in this critical area. I liked Abriel, but I also felt I knew the people he had to work with as he made his journey of discovery. The plot is solid. One of the best and most unique I’ve read in novels of this period. The setting is also done well. All the key elements of great storytelling are put together in The Line of His People to give us a great historical action tale.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite The story begins at dawn when seven-year-old Abriel sets out to catch some fish on his own to surprise his mother on his birthday. In the early hours of dawn, he sees a shocking sight: the entire pier is in flames. He runs to the village to alert the villagers of the impending danger, but he couldn’t save them. He escapes, and goes to study under the mentorship of Abbot Ermentarius, who adopts him as his own child. After sixteen years, Abriel, now a monk, is sent to recover the relics of Saint Philbert lost during the fateful attack of the Northmen when the island was sacked. Now, he is on an adventure that he never imagined, a journey that will bring him into contact with the Northmen who’d colonized the island and who may have the key to finding the relics. The Line of His People by C.J. Adrien tells the riveting adventure of this character against a hostile and unforgiving historical and physical backdrop between 799 A.D. and 815 A.D. and events that will alter the way he sees life and destiny. Readers who enjoy tales of the Vikings will enjoy this interesting, riveting story. C.J. Adrien has a gift for creating a story that is emotionally rich, action-packed, and filled with surprising twists. It reads like an action movie, thanks to the author’s skill in narrative and the attention to detail when it comes to describing scenes. The Line of His People has a beautiful setting and readers will be gripped by the beginning, when the serenity of the life of a fishing village is disrupted without notice and a young boy barely escapes. The story begins with the crisis and, from this point on, the author builds the tension in a consistent manner. A very enjoyable, fast-paced, and intelligently plotted adventure.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Andrew McFarland (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite The Line of His People by C.J. Adrien is set between 799 A.D. and 816 A.D. It begins with Abriel’s town and the nearby monastery being ransacked by northmen, a common occurrence at the time. Abriel is rescued by an order of monks who take him off the island and to a faraway monastery. However, the monastery is being persecuted by a cruel man named Hilbod. Abriel is soon forced to flee the monastery and embarks on a quest to find ancient relics that were hidden when the island fell. When he arrives back, he finds the island infested with northmen. Soon he is dragged into the northmen’s affairs and must prove himself to the man who helped hide the relics. But when the northmen sail off to war, Abriel gets more than he bargained for. The Line of His People is a well written fantasy set in the age of Vikings. Throughout the book you will learn new and cool information about the northmen, monks and other people and groups of the time. C.J. Adrien cleverly builds on characters and writes with a unique flair. The book explores the era and helps you to imagine what it is like for Abriel as he explores the northmen’s world. The Line of His People is a book that is more geared to teen readers. I would totally recommend it to friends because it is so well written. The Line Of His People is really worth your time to read. This is the first book in a two-book series so look forward to the next one. Great book. I loved it.
hpgirl2008 More than 1 year ago
I have not read the first book in this series, and this was easily read as a stand-alone novel. I was very impressed with the amount of research the author put into the Vikings and early Christians. The basic premise of this book is that young Abriel has to go on the run and hide after his family is either slaughtered or taken captive during a war. He ends up finding a safe place with some monks and this was a part I really liked because when one thinks of monks they can think boring ... but honestly these monks are not boring - some are nice, some are okay, and quite a few are actually not good at all. Hillbod is the worst of them from my POV, as he is the leader and he tells everyone what to do and he is always described as having a "smirk" or mocking someone. Ultimately Abriel finds a friend in a monk named Gael, who is the only other one besides him that can read and write in different languages. When Abriel is told that Hillbod has requested a "mission" to retrieve relics and the "winner" will be heftily rewarded, Abriel decides that it is time to go. It is clear that he wants to be the one to find them, possibly hoping that he will at long last be reunited with his family and clan. Gael is a likable character for me, he is kind of funny - always sneaking food and getting in trouble for it, but he seems to take it with a good temperament. He really stood out to me as a cool character from the beginning. Unfortunately for Abriel, his past haunts him in many ways - he has nightmares all the time, and when he is awake any form of violence sets off his bad memories. From the very start I empathized greatly with Abriel and immediately began to hope that he would eventually overcome, find the relics and of course be reunited with his mother. It is not totally clear in the battle scenes whether his mother and uncle are still alive, I believe that Abriel thinks they may have died as he escaped, but in the end I felt we were going to see a reunion. Of course I am not going to give away that secret! This book had everything I would expect from a Viking story - battles, savages, ships and loss. I really loved the way the author was able to create a time and place as a background for the story. Perhaps my favorite part was when Abriel came up against the Northmen, the savages who they were fighting in the beginning. He watched them harm his family and people and now has to face them again to find the relics. This is where Abriel shows his bravery, he is afraid to go back into the lion's den so to speak, but he knows what he must do. His courage is what keeps him going. But the time when he is on the Northmen's ship and the author uses descriptions to tell us what Abriel is seeing, hearing, smelling - and I could see and smell it in my mind - the putrid odors of a ship in those days, the smell of dirty men at sea ... it's all there. Overall I truly enjoyed reading this book and now I would like to read the first one to see how it all began. I felt the characters were complex yet also human so we can relate to them even if they are Vikings. Now I am a huge fan of the show Vikings on tv and I love historical fiction of all kinds, but Vikings somehow fascinate me to no end. And perhaps what I liked best about this book was that while reading it of course I knew they were Vikings and very early monks, but I also felt like it could be a contemporary story about any war. It was nice to read about monks a little bit, I
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Line of His People is one of those books you don't come across very often. I began reading the novel during down time while hunting with my husband. Next thing I knew I had read the whole thing, and the day had passed me by! The characters are interesting, the story is compelling, and the details are incredible. The author really did his research. C.J. Adrien's descriptive language made me feel like I was looking directly into the world of the Vikings. Although there is some violence, the story was accessible to my grandson who I gave the book to. He read the book in a week, and he's in fifth grade! He loved it so much he won't stop talking about the Vikings. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.