Severin has done a great job portraying the Vikings. This is the third and final instalment and the author creates an immensely satisfying, colourful and vivid picture of the times; the battles, the people and the countries. To find out more about the first two books in the Viking series click on the links below.
Viking : Odinns's Child
Viking 2 : Sworn Brother
Constantinople, 1035, Thorgils has become a member of the Varangian lifeguard and witnesses the glories of the richest city on earth but also the murderous ways of the imperial family. Under the leadership of warrior chief Harald Sigurdsson he is set up as the unwitting bait in a deadly ambush to destroy Arab pirates harassing the Byzantine shipping lanes in the Mediterranean.
When Harald eventually ascends the throne of Norway, his liegeman Thorgils is despatched on a secret mission to Duke William of Normandy with a plan to coordinate the twin invasions of England – Harald’s Norsemen across the North Sea and William’s Normans attacking across the channel. On 19 September 1066 Harald's fleet of three hundred ships sails up the Ouse, confident of success, but a prophetic dream warns Thorgils that Duke William has duped his allies and the Norsemen are heading for disaster at Stamford Bridge. Thorgils embarks upon a race against time to reach and warn his liege lord before the battle begins. But will Odinn's devout follower really be able to anticipate what fate has decreed and save the heritage of his Viking ancestors?
Publication date: 07/04/2006
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||7th April 2006|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Historical Fiction,|
Tim Severin, explorer/traveller, author, film-maker and lecturer, made his first expedition by motor cycle along the route of Marco Polo while still a student at Oxford. He has had many further adventures, most recently in search of Moby Dick.He has written books about all these adventures, which have won him the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, The Book Of The Sea Award, a Christopher Prize and the literary medal of the Academie de la Marine. He lives in IrelandMore About Tim Severin