Viking Warrior (The Strongbow Saga Series #1)

Viking Warrior (The Strongbow Saga Series #1)

by Judson Roberts
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Viking Warrior (The Strongbow Saga Series #1) by Judson Roberts

A young man only at peace when he is at war.

Young Halfdan is a slave. He is crafty with a bow and arrow and wise in the ways of the animals, but he can only dream of a warrior's life. That is, until the dark day a Saxon's blows lay his father on his deathbed, and his mother makes a tragic bargain for Halfdan's freedom.

A boy's destiny can come at the most terrible price. Halfdan must suffer a grave loss in order to grasp what he most desires: to train by, to live by, and, if the fates decree it, to die by the force of his sword and the swiftness of his arrow. He is to be a warrior—a great warrior.

Bloody, furiously paced, heart-wrenching, and unflinching, this is a story of a land where the destinies of boys and men are forged in the heat of battle. Young Halfdan shall come to know the glories of true brotherhood and the unspeakable horrors of true evil. In this first book in a saga teeming with thrilling details of the Viking world, young Halfdan emerges as a new hero…a new myth…a new legend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060799991
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/12/2007
Series: Strongbow Saga Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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 investigating and prosecuting crime as an attorney and a special agent. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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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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