Book Haul from this weekend (5/23-5/24/15) Swords of Good Men & Blood Will Follow by Snorri Kristjansson. Did a little shopping this weekend and picked up these two. I have been wanting to read these for a while now. Looks like some epic Viking tales, just like I like them! Can’t wait to read and review!
Both books out NOW!
About the books:
Swords of Good Men
- Series: The Valhalla Saga (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (January 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1623650747
- ISBN-13: 978-1623650742
Swords of Good Men–the first volume Snorri Kristjansson’s Valhalla Saga–in is a raucous and gripping fantasy adventure set in Viking Norway, where plundering and pillaging are a way of life and creature comforts rarely exceed a mug of sour mead.
To weary Viking Ulfar Thormodsson, the town of Stenvik is the penultimate stop on what has been a long and perilous journey. It has been particularly challenging for Thormodsson, who has been charged with protecting the life of his high-born cousin. Having travelled the world for two years, all he wants is to go home–but Stenvik awaits.
After coming ashore, Thormodsson meets the beautiful and tragic Lilja, who immediately captures his heart. Stenvik is also home to solitary blacksmith Audun Arngrimsson, whose past hides many dark secrets. Soon, the conflict brewing between two factions of dangerous and determined men of the town threatens to sweep all of them, natives and visitors alike, into the jaws of war.
As the Vikings learn, King Olav is marching on Stenvik from the east, determined to bring the White Christ to the masses at the point of his sword – even as a host of bloodthirsty raiders led by a mysterious woman sails from the north. Thormodsson and his companions will soon learn that in this conflict between the Old Gods and the new, there are enemies everywhere – outside the walls of Stenvik as well as within.
Swords of Good Men features a memorable cast of original characters and is driven by non-stop action and a clever sense of humor. Kristjansson deftly and elegantly weaves Norse mythology and history with fantasy in a novel that offers not only a good dose of bloody Viking feuding, but intrigue and romance.
Series: The Valhalla Saga (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (January 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1623658721
- ISBN-13: 978-1623658724
Starburst magazine called Snorri Kristjansson’s Swords of Good Men–the first volume in the Valhalla Saga–“A cracking yarn (one that would make a great movie), filled with enough to satisfy any fan of Vikings and their mythology.” Now this raucous and gripping fantasy adventure set in Viking Norway continues with Blood Will Follow, where plundering and pillaging are a way of life and creature comforts rarely exceed a mug of sour mead.
Ulfar Thormodsson and Audun Arngrimsson are battered, having barely survived the battle for Stenvik, waged between King Olav and the followers of the White Christ, and those whose allegiance remains to the gods of the Norse pantheon. Alas, the two Vikings’ encounter with a mysterious witch just before escaping the town over the city’s walls have left them without the one thing that made them human: their mortality.
While Ulfar heads home to Sweden, hoping to find a safe haven where he can come to grips with his newfound inability to die, Audun travels by foot to the south, searching for answers on the open road. But both men are about to discover that they cannot run from their destiny. King Olav has left the conquered town of Stenvik in the hands of his lieutenant so he can journey north, following the advice of the scheming healer Valgard, to hunt for the source of the Vikings’ power.
Soon, Ulfar and Audun will realize they have important roles to play in the battle for supremacy between those seeking to spread the gospel of the White Christ and those who keep to the old ways of Odin, Thor, and Loki.
About the author:
Hello! My name is Snorri. I write things. Sometimes they are books about Vikings, sometimes they are films (about other things) or silly stage plays (you probably don’t want to know, to be honest).I spend my days working with words, eating cakes and occasionally teaching at an international school. You can get in touch at snorrihergill (at) gmail.com, follow me on Twitter or wave in a friendly fashion on Facebook . I am all about the social media, me.