In Dragons from the Sea, Book Two of the Strongbow Saga, Halfdan Hroriksson has escaped - for now - the enemies who murdered his brother and seek to kill him, too. Determined to avenge his brother's death, Halfdan knows he must first gain experience as a warrior. He joins a Danish army gathering for an invasion of Western Frankia, for among its fierce chieftains and seasoned warriors he may find the allies he needs. But first he must prove his own worth in battle, and more importantly, he must survive, for he will face dangers not only from the Frankish enemy, but also from hidden foes within the ranks of the Danes.
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Decent installment - but feels like a bridge
Poorly researched, poorly read
For starters, if you are telling a story about a people who prize fearless acts of bravery, maybe, just maybe, you shouldn't have someone narrate the story who sounds like a wimpy accountant.
That, and there is the painful story. Sure, the premise of the story is ok, A Viking thrall goes raiding to seek fame an fortune. But the author messes this simple concept up by forgetting that his protagonist is a 9th century (ish) young man, and not a 21st century liberal. The internal conflicts the character has are nothing short of silly and completely out of place in the epoch and culture.
Bottom line is, I really tried to like the series becuase I like this period in history. But skip this series, and try Cornwell's Saxon Chronicles, or the Raven Saga. Thoses are well researched and authentic.
Roberts writes with all the accuracy of a guy who watched a History Channel show on vikings and then decided to write a novel.
He sounds like a wimpy accountant, not a warrior
Cringeworthy is all I can say about this.
pass on this.
- jon "History enthusiast with military and legal background."