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History is about to change – in the hands of the unlikeliest of culprits. A Viking raid hits a small village in Northumbria. Onboard one of the ships is a terrified Ulv. The youngest of the crew - he is not a Viking, not a warrior, not a fighter. Despised by most of the hird he has to prove himself worthy as a raider. His honor and his life is at stake, as he faces a battle History is about to change – in the hands of the unlikeliest of culprits. A Viking raid hits a small village in Northumbria. Onboard one of the ships is a terrified Ulv. The youngest of the crew - he is not a Viking, not a warrior, not a fighter. Despised by most of the hird he has to prove himself worthy as a raider. His honor and his life is at stake, as he faces a battle with enemies on both sides. Standing on the pier, Marcus watches in horror as the Viking ships appear. This time he is old enough to fight. To stand, side by side with the other men against the mighty foe. The scourge of the North. At least, he hopes he can slow the Northmen down so that his little sister, Julia, can get away. In a twist of fate, both teenage boys ends up hiding in a cellar. From that moment, their destiny is intertwined in a relationship spanning from friends to enemies, from thrall and master to weapon brothers, and from friendship to hate. Follow Ulv, Marcus, Julia and the whole band of Viking misfits as they change the course of history. In the epic story of ‘Two Kings’ you will meet real historical figures like Ragnar Lothbrok and Charles the Bald. You will bear witness to the occupation of Dublin and the siege of Paris. You will visit Hedeby and Rouen, and take part in battles, sieges and duels.


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History is about to change – in the hands of the unlikeliest of culprits. A Viking raid hits a small village in Northumbria. Onboard one of the ships is a terrified Ulv. The youngest of the crew - he is not a Viking, not a warrior, not a fighter. Despised by most of the hird he has to prove himself worthy as a raider. His honor and his life is at stake, as he faces a battle History is about to change – in the hands of the unlikeliest of culprits. A Viking raid hits a small village in Northumbria. Onboard one of the ships is a terrified Ulv. The youngest of the crew - he is not a Viking, not a warrior, not a fighter. Despised by most of the hird he has to prove himself worthy as a raider. His honor and his life is at stake, as he faces a battle with enemies on both sides. Standing on the pier, Marcus watches in horror as the Viking ships appear. This time he is old enough to fight. To stand, side by side with the other men against the mighty foe. The scourge of the North. At least, he hopes he can slow the Northmen down so that his little sister, Julia, can get away. In a twist of fate, both teenage boys ends up hiding in a cellar. From that moment, their destiny is intertwined in a relationship spanning from friends to enemies, from thrall and master to weapon brothers, and from friendship to hate. Follow Ulv, Marcus, Julia and the whole band of Viking misfits as they change the course of history. In the epic story of ‘Two Kings’ you will meet real historical figures like Ragnar Lothbrok and Charles the Bald. You will bear witness to the occupation of Dublin and the siege of Paris. You will visit Hedeby and Rouen, and take part in battles, sieges and duels.

30 review for Viking: A historical fiction adventure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Nichols

    Non-stop Action! Scenes move from one conflict, battle, or conquest to the next with a compelling storyline deftly interwoven throughout. This story places the reader among a large and lively band of Vikings. From cunning to savage, all were fierce and many were ruthless. The storyline alternates between the point of view of two main characters who come from opposing cultures, Norse and English, who have become unlikely allies. The main Norse character is a young man who does not fit in with his Non-stop Action! Scenes move from one conflict, battle, or conquest to the next with a compelling storyline deftly interwoven throughout. This story places the reader among a large and lively band of Vikings. From cunning to savage, all were fierce and many were ruthless. The storyline alternates between the point of view of two main characters who come from opposing cultures, Norse and English, who have become unlikely allies. The main Norse character is a young man who does not fit in with his fellow Vikings. His father had known this and tried unsuccessfully to separate him. The other is a merchant's son from Great Britain, whose citizens live under the shadow of constant fear of the horrors inflicted by Viking conquest. Together (and separated) they find themselves in extremely unappealing circumstances in which they must fight or be killed. And they still might be killed. Such is the Viking life! This book was originally written in Norwegian and translated into English. At times this gives the reader an adventurous sense of the Northern European setting. Occasionally the translation feels a little clunky, making the text difficult to understand. However this does not detract from the rapid flow of the story. A warning for younger readers, this book is violent. It does not include sexual content. The rare (and realistic) occurrence of brutality against women is described in a way that is subtle and vague. The exciting story ends in a sudden cliff-hanger, so naturally I am awaiting the release of the next installment, hopefully not for too long! I wanted to know more about the characters as I read, so I plan to check out the now available prequel story, “The Silver Goblet".

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marina Costa

    I received a free copy of this book from the authors, in exchange for a honest review, and I enjoyed it very much. I was curious about it, as I am interested in Vikings history, having published a novel about them too, and I was surprised by the thorough historical documentation of the two writers, which helped me be transported directly in those times and places. I was with Ulv and Marcus, the two main characters, in the British village, then aboard the ship, then I followed the young outcast w I received a free copy of this book from the authors, in exchange for a honest review, and I enjoyed it very much. I was curious about it, as I am interested in Vikings history, having published a novel about them too, and I was surprised by the thorough historical documentation of the two writers, which helped me be transported directly in those times and places. I was with Ulv and Marcus, the two main characters, in the British village, then aboard the ship, then I followed the young outcast warrior and his war slave through all their adventures aboard the longship, in battle and everywhere. I liked the idea that Marcus, even if a Briton now, had as ancestor a Roman soldier. The pacing is good, the tension and the fact that we see alternating the point of view of various characters is exciting. The scenes unfold cinematographically. All the characters are lively written. Each of them could have matched a living person of that time, and their adventures could have happened in the real world they were living in. I was less satisfied with the ending, though. I understand wanting to leave the story on a cliffhanger for the next volume, but, at first sight, I was thinking that each volume should be self-sufficient and having a satisfactory ending per se, while still allowing sequels. When reading the ending for a second time, I had to admit that, even if it is an open possibility ending, leaving something for the reader’s imagination, it is still an acceptable ending, so… looking forward for the next volume!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hilde

    Spennende historie, men et litt enkelt språk gjør at boka bare får 3 stjerner.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Isabel

    First, and foremost, if you have NOT read 'Silver Goblet' I suggest that you read it BEFORE you proceed to 'Viking'. Ole Āsli and Tony Bakkejord's 'Viking' is this first full book in the 'Two Kings' trilogy that picks up where the prequel, 'Silver Goblet', left off. Ulv has already garnered himself enemies before their journey over the sea for their raid on Northumbria has even begun. He is, understandably, very nervous as it's his first raid and he isn't a warrior. Ulv knows that the only way he First, and foremost, if you have NOT read 'Silver Goblet' I suggest that you read it BEFORE you proceed to 'Viking'. Ole Āsli and Tony Bakkejord's 'Viking' is this first full book in the 'Two Kings' trilogy that picks up where the prequel, 'Silver Goblet', left off. Ulv has already garnered himself enemies before their journey over the sea for their raid on Northumbria has even begun. He is, understandably, very nervous as it's his first raid and he isn't a warrior. Ulv knows that the only way he can survive is on his wits, finding a way to make as many allies as he can, and – maybe – his archery skills. Then there is Marcus, a Northumbrian who is introduced just before the Jarl's men begin their raid on his village. Like Ulv he is young and not a warrior. Despite not being a warrior, Marcus still plans on fighting with the other men after he gets his sister, Julia, headed towards safety. For Ulv, nothing goes to plan after landing in Northumbria. At every turn something happens with Kjetil that furthers the feud between Kjetil and himself. Kjetil's hatred of Ulv continually causes danger for Ulv as well as Marcus. At every turn Marcus and Uvl face new challenges that force growth on them that they both desperately need. Ulv is presented with numerous opportunities to learn from others, but will they take the opportunities? That's what you'll have to see when you read 'Vikings'. This book does end with a cliffhanger, so be prepared to wait as 'Outlaw' has yet to be released. Know this, people are left in tenuous situations that will have you on pins and needles as you wait to see who, if anyone, makes it out alive. Whether you decide to read it now, or wait until the whole trilogy is available, 'Vikings' is definitely worth the read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eva Kristin

    Eg var pilotlesar for denne boka, og har derfor lese ho på ein litt annan måte enn om eg bare las ho for moro. Boka har mange sterke sider. Eg merka meg særleg at forfattarane er flinke til å skildre reaksjonane til karakterane i boka på ein realistisk og truverdig måte. Også omgjevnadane er godt skildra, det gjorde det lett å sjå føre seg miljøet karakterane røyrer seg i. Kampscener bruker eg ofte å skumme gjennom, men Bakkejord og Åsli klarer og gjere desse oversiktlege, noko eg meiner mange an Eg var pilotlesar for denne boka, og har derfor lese ho på ein litt annan måte enn om eg bare las ho for moro. Boka har mange sterke sider. Eg merka meg særleg at forfattarane er flinke til å skildre reaksjonane til karakterane i boka på ein realistisk og truverdig måte. Også omgjevnadane er godt skildra, det gjorde det lett å sjå føre seg miljøet karakterane røyrer seg i. Kampscener bruker eg ofte å skumme gjennom, men Bakkejord og Åsli klarer og gjere desse oversiktlege, noko eg meiner mange andre forfattarar ikkje meistrar. Av svake sider kan nemnast nokre historiske feil, nokre språkfeil, og at handlinga ved nokre få høve ikkje var heilt lett å følgje. Alt dette har eg tru på at kan rettast på i seinare utgåver og i dei følgjande bøkene. Alt i alt er dette ei imponerande fyrste bok, eg gler meg til den neste!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    What a great first book in series! Marcus and Ulv are young adults on opposing sides in the Viking struggle to occupy Northumbria. I really enjoyed seeing that despite the different origins they both had similar thoughts, fears, and struggles to be accepted. The historical titbits, descriptive battle scenes and influence of Norse mythology kept me reading on. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book! I received an ARC and this is my voluntary and honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tahnia Ross

    Excellent story of what it was like when the Vikings came to raid villages and what they did with the survivors. Slaves were called thralls and were less than nothing. This is a story about Uhl and Marcus, the thrall under his command who was more friend than anything else. Uhl is a small Viking who can't fight like all the others. He has his own way of fighting. Uhl is small, he's fast, and he's a survivor. Marcus doesn't know how to fight at all. Together, these two learn to survive encounters Excellent story of what it was like when the Vikings came to raid villages and what they did with the survivors. Slaves were called thralls and were less than nothing. This is a story about Uhl and Marcus, the thrall under his command who was more friend than anything else. Uhl is a small Viking who can't fight like all the others. He has his own way of fighting. Uhl is small, he's fast, and he's a survivor. Marcus doesn't know how to fight at all. Together, these two learn to survive encounters with vicious warriors who don't like being bested by a smaller man who, in their words, fights like a cowardly rat. Highly recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Lettlest, spennende og realistisk nok. Likte de to forskjellige hovedpersonene. Gleder meg til å lese den neste boken!

  9. 4 out of 5

    John

    Great descriptive story line. The characters come to life so vividly. When is book 2 available?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    I liked it although, based on the description, I expected a slightly different story. I wish Book 2 was out already as this is really written as a two parter.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth O'Carroll

    I was never able to visualize what the life of the Viking warriors would have been like; until I read this gripping story. Julia emulated true grit of a survivor in a brutal environment and young Ulv who is thrown into battle has no time to dream of growing old. I was literally ‘biting my nails’ as I read the book and imagined the sound of swords slashing into the air and connecting with one another. If you like action, battle and an adventure with loss and triumph….than this is the book for you I was never able to visualize what the life of the Viking warriors would have been like; until I read this gripping story. Julia emulated true grit of a survivor in a brutal environment and young Ulv who is thrown into battle has no time to dream of growing old. I was literally ‘biting my nails’ as I read the book and imagined the sound of swords slashing into the air and connecting with one another. If you like action, battle and an adventure with loss and triumph….than this is the book for you! Bravo to the authors they penned a captivating read again!! I was provided a review copy of this book in advance of it’s release and I purchased a copy to add to my adventure library!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    An absolutely intriguing Viking story about a young boy, named Ulv. Unknown to him, he’s going to play a large part in the Viking raid. Worthwhile read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    shirley megson

  14. 4 out of 5

    martin lucas

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Clark

  16. 5 out of 5

    gaynor sNDS

  17. 4 out of 5

    Thomas P Monahan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jey

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shonna R. Stock

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Hudson

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Davey

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Simmons

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mkuzo Kuwani

  24. 5 out of 5

    james hollingsworth

  25. 4 out of 5

    kirk millner

  26. 5 out of 5

    m m hirons

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charles Adelseck

  28. 5 out of 5

    sally d cunningham

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Talbot

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

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