The Half-drowned King

The Half-drowned King

A Novel

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"Ragnvald Eysteinsson, the son and grandson of kings, grew up believing that he would one day take his dead father’s place as chief of his family’s lands. But, sailing home from a raiding trip to Ireland, the young warrior is betrayed and left for dead by men in the pay of his greedy stepfather, Olaf. Rescued by a fisherman, Ragnvald is determined to have revenge for his stepfather’s betrayal, claim his birthright and the woman he loves, and rescue his beloved sister Svanhild. Opportunity may lie with Harald of Vestfold, the strong young Norse warrior rumored to be the prophesied king. Ragnvald pledges his sword to King Harald, a choice that will hold enormous consequence in the years to come. While Ragnvald’s duty is to fight—and even die—for his honor, Svanhild must make an advantageous marriage, though her adventurous spirit yearns to see the world. Her stepfather, Olaf, has arranged a husband for her—a hard old man she neither loves nor desires. When the chance to escape Olaf’s cruelty comes at the hands of her brother’s arch rival, the shrewd young woman is forced to make a heartbreaking choice: family or freedom."--
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062563699
0062563696
Branch Call Number: Hartsuyker, L
HARTSUYK L
Characteristics: 431 pages : 24 cm

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billmorrissey5922
Oct 31, 2017

excellent book...promises to be part of a series from this talented writer. lovers of saga literature and adventure tales are certain to enjoy this book. highly recommend reading, "The Half-Drowned King", it is everything that a book of historical fiction can provide! 10 out of 10.

SnoIsleLib_DeniseD Sep 14, 2017

Move over, King Arthur. There's a new legendary king in town, Harald the Fairhair of Norway. Based on Old Norse sagas, this tale (first in a trilogy) engulfs the reader in Ninth-century Viking Norway as it follows the struggles of a brother and sister seeking to survive in a world of violence and uncertainty. Readers of medieval history and fantasy (yes, Game of Thrones fans, I'm talking to you) will want to get this on their list!

Megan_PNW Sep 13, 2017

This historical fiction has a lot to recommend it. Great characters, a gripping story, and a hint of the kind of ancient political intrigue that makes readers love Game of Thrones without dragging the reader as far afield as Martin does. With three strong likable main characters who each get chapters from their own perspective, the narrative still flows and moves easily never leaving the thread of any one for too long. Like a myth of old, we cheer for our heroes (one a woman of stronger mind than her time) who clash together time and again. No character is perfect for the reader, but all sympathetic in their own way. This careful balance gives the book just the right amount of hope and danger, and realistic frustration that reminds the reader that in history, the heroes did not always have the perfectly orchestrated happily ever after and that every choice has a price.

Although the book has no supernatural elements it will appeal to readers of epic fantasy and gamers who miss the landscape of Skyrim with its barrows and kingdoms.

Go read it.

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