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Tony Peterson




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PostPosted: Sat 18 Oct, 2008 7:53 pm    Post subject: Oathsworn Series by Robert Low         Reply with quote

I loved The Whale Road and finally got around to reading the 2nd part of this (The Wolf Sea) series and it totally blew me away. Great book, great characters, great story, GREAT SERIES! I can't recommend them enough. Im eagerly awaiting "The White Raven" due out next year.

Anyone else read these? What did you think?

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The Whale Road: It is set in 965AD, 200 years after the first Viking raids and well past the first heady flush of those rape and pillage years. Part of the reason for the Norse to go raiding in the first place was the inheritance law in a land-poor country, it was no good splitting farms up into smaller and smaller units, so the rule was that the eldest son got the lot. Any other sons were faced with the prospect of working for their brother for the rest of their life or finding their fortune another way. Enter the raiding Norseman, always hoping to make enough money to buy a new future, either as a trader or a farmer.

By 965AD, however, the raiding Norse who had carved out the kingdoms in Scandinavia and elsewhere were finding they no longer had a role to play. All the jarls petty chieftains who took on warriors to make them great no longer wanted those swords around when they had achieved their goal. Now those warriors were dropped in status, no longer the lauded heroes they had once been and reduced to being merecenaries. They formed bands, called varjazi by the people east of the Baltic the Greek version of it was varangii and, eventually, that word came to be applied to the Varangian Guard, famed elite axe-wielding favourites of the Byzantine Emperors.

That is exactly what the Oathsworn are when, led by Einar the Black, they take on a task for the trade port of Birka and cross the path of young Orm, whose story this is.

Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas!

The time of heroes is dead: the christ god has killed it, leaving nothing but weeping martyrs and fear and shame.

If we die... it will be for GLORY, not gold.
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Sam Haverkamp
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PostPosted: Sun 19 Oct, 2008 11:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tony,

Thanks for the tip.

Sounds like something I would like. A good adventure set in a very interesting part of history Happy

Cheers
Sam
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Tony Peterson




Location: United Kingdom
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Reading list: 8 books

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PostPosted: Sun 19 Oct, 2008 11:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sam Haverkamp wrote:
Tony,

Thanks for the tip.

Sounds like something I would like. A good adventure set in a very interesting part of history Happy

Cheers
Sam


No problem. You wont be disappointed! Wink

Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas!

The time of heroes is dead: the christ god has killed it, leaving nothing but weeping martyrs and fear and shame.

If we die... it will be for GLORY, not gold.
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