Kristjansson, a British author of Icelandic origin, makes his debut with this rousing Viking-themed historical fantasy, the first in a trilogy set in 996 C.E. Swedes Ulfar and Geiri arrive in the Norwegian town of Stenvik, hoping to establish cordial international relations. Instead, they get swept up in a series of events culminating in full-scale war. King Olav Tryggvason is determined to unite Norway in the name of the White Christ, even if that means executing every last Odin worshipper, and his army is headed right for Stenvik. Another force representing the old gods stands ready to do battle, with appropriately bloody results. Kristjansson's sprawling cast of colorful characters and eye for historical detail lend this story gratifying verisimilitude, but the frequent head-hopping and perspective changes give the narrative a disjointed, unfocused feel, and fantasy fans may be disappointed by the minimal supernatural elements. Agent: Geraldine Cooke, Geraldine Cooke Agency. (Jan.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC
Pausing at the Viking town of Stenvik, where he falls for the beautiful and tragic Lilja, Ulfar Thormodsson is forced to confront a band of deadly and powerful men at the same time King Olav's march on Stenvik is met by a host of bloodthirsty raiders under the leadership of a mysterious woman from the north. A first novel.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Pausing at the Viking town of Stenvik, Ulfar Thormodsson is forced to confront a band of deadly men at the same time King Olav's march on Stenvik is met by a host of raiders under the leadership of a mysterious woman from the north.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Swords of Good Men--the first volume Snorri Kristjansson's Vhlhalla 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.