The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

I’m not going to profess to know all that much about the history of Norway, or even the history of Vikings, but this book was fascinating.  In my head it’s almost like a real life “Game of Thrones”….but without dragons.  You got a little bit of everything….Vikings, fights, raids, revenge, strong women.  It ticked a lot of boxes for me.

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The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

One of the benefits of following book bloggers on twitter is learning about books that might not normally speak to me.  This was one such book.  I’ve read recommendations for it all across the twit-o-sphere and decided to pick it up from the library.  I’m glad I did.

It’s the story of a young man who loses everything early in the book and claws his way back to his rightful position by the end.  There is a lot of killing….lots of raiding….but lots of story as well.  The story is woven together with the story of his sister and her journey to be a traveler like her brother and finding love along the way.  It’s a book that kind of transcends genre, b/c there is romance, murder, war, and even a little bit of mystery thrown in.  It definitely made me more interested to learn about the history of Norway and the surrounding countries.  Maybe even try to learn more about the Vikings themselves.  Some of the names were hard to get around, but the author provides pronunciations in the back of the book that helped.  I also found it fascinating that the author was descended from one of the characters in the book.

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