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Viking Warrior
     

Viking Warrior

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by Judson Roberts
 

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In 9th century Denmark, a child born to a slave is also a slave, and the property of his mother's master. Halfdan, the son of an Irish noblewoman and the Danish chieftain who captured and enslaved her, has grown up a slave in his own father's household. But the Norns, the weavers of the fates of all men, have different plans for him--although rarely do they give a

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In 9th century Denmark, a child born to a slave is also a slave, and the property of his mother's master. Halfdan, the son of an Irish noblewoman and the Danish chieftain who captured and enslaved her, has grown up a slave in his own father's household. But the Norns, the weavers of the fates of all men, have different plans for him--although rarely do they give a gift without exacting a price. A cruel twist of fate both frees Halfdan and robs him of the mother he loves, setting him upon the path to a new destiny. But a brutal act of treachery and murder upends Halfdan's new life, sending him on the run with ruthless hunters hot on his trail.

The Strongbow Saga, an epic tale of one man's unstoppable quest for justice and vengeance told across five volumes (the fifth and final installment to be released in 2016), follows Halfdan's quest for justice and vengeance in a vividly drawn story which immerses the reader in the Viking world, and carries them from the Scandinavian homelands to France, Russia, England, and Ireland, through dangerous journeys and fierce battles, through love lost and found.

The story's setting is not the Viking world you might think you know. The result of almost twenty years of in-depth research, the Strongbow Saga not only weaves a fast-paced story filled with action and emotion, but also paints a detailed and historically accurate picture of the Vikings, revealing a highly developed culture in which honor was valued more than life itself, a society which was based on a strong belief in the sanctity of the law and the right to individual freedom, which had an impact on western history and culture which is seldom understood or appreciated today.

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Historical Novels Review, Nov. 2006 - Eileen Charbonneau
9th-century Viking history comes alive with unforgettable characters and a story teeming with adventure, heart and even poetry in the telling. Halfdan's strength as a protagonist lies in his complexity--he's wise enough to respect and communicate with animals and the natural world, tender enough to love his mother with his whole heart, and young enough to make mistakes based on his inexperience. He's got conflict galore both within and without. I look forward to the ne
Eileen Charbonneau
9th-century Viking history comes alive with unforgettable characters and a story teeming with adventure, heart and even poetry in the telling. Halfdan’s strength as a protagonist lies in his complexity—he’s wise enough to respect and communicate with animals and the natural world, tender enough to love his mother with his whole heart, and young enough to make mistakes based on his inexperience. He’s got conflict galore both within and without. I look forward to the ne

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016054148
Publisher:
Northman Books Inc
Publication date:
12/19/2010
Series:
Strongbow Saga Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
298
Sales rank:
76,708
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Judson Roberts brings an extensive, carefully cultivated knowledge of ninth-century Viking history to the Strongbow Saga. He also draws on a distinguished career in law enforcement, as a state and federal criminal investigator, a prosecutor specializing in complex major conspiracy cases, and a planner and director of several major undercover operations. He lives on a small farm on the edge of the Cascade Mountains near Eugene, Oregon, where he is currently working on the next novel in the Strongbow Saga series.

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Viking Warrior 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the Vikings raided Ireland, they captured several women including Princess Derdrui, whom like all the prisoners was made a slave. Danish Chieftain Hrorik Strong-Axe took his needs with Derdrui leaving her pregant. She gives birth to Halfdan, but because his mother is a slave and his father refuses to free him, the lad is raised as a slave too. Over the years Halfdan dreamed of becoming a warrior like his dad, but only a free man learns to truly use weapons. When he was fifteen, the Saxons invaded and killed Hrorik. Derdrui wanting her son to live free strikes a bargain with Hrorik as he is dying she would accompany him on his death ship provided that he frees Halfdan. The clan leader agrees making his second offspring a free man. --- Already quite proficent with some weaponry especially for a slave, Halfdan undergoes rigorous training beyond that seen by anyone but may not be enough to persuade the clan, especially his half-brother Harald ,that a former slave can truly become a free warrior. Still in spite of the skeptics and his grief over his mother¿s sacrifice, Halfdan puts his heart into achieving his goal of acceptance as a free warrior. --- The first Strongbow Saga tale, VIKING WARRIOR, is a vivid look at the Viking culture during the Dark Ages through the efforts of a teen to become an accepted warrior. The story line is extremely graphic not trying to dumb down or hide abuses from the targeted audience, high school teens. Thus historical fiction readers of all ages will appreciate this deep look at a bygone way of life in which the flow of blood is the norm. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so cool. The best historical fiction book I ever read. Can't wait for the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I really loved the action involved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! There was a lot of action and it had a good plot. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It's a must read if your into history. I loved how Roberts was able to describe what vikings did and how Royalty lived. The story plot kept me reading non-stop. I just can't wait until the next book!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait for book 5. All of the readers in our family love this series.
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Still_Reading_KidLit More than 1 year ago
Are you seeing all these reviews? Five stars is dead-on. The books were badly mis-marketed so they missed their best audience--any lovers of history, fantasy, coming of age adventures, Arthurian legend, Shakespeare, Beowulf, Braveheart. Yes, an epic, a rousing read. Fans are dying for Book 4. Read this one and you will be among them!
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Sarah Yeries More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Great for any viking or historical fiction fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read ALL the time!I love a well written book. Reading so often can be difficult becasue I can figure out every ending and predict almost every out come, But in this series it felt fresh and held my attention. These books are fun, fast paced, and packed with action and of course some love. Both my sister and I had so much fun reading the series. I started looking for the next one but it looks like he hasn't had them published.....
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Gabriel_Rose More than 1 year ago
If you are a history major, like myself, or just love the manly world of vikings, GET THIS BOOK. In fact, get the whole series (there are 3 so far). I couldn't put it down!
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