• The Thrall

  • The Viking Hero Series, Volume 1
  • By: Njord Kane
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Worthy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-21-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Spangenhelm Publishing
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (4 ratings)

Regular price: $14.95

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Publisher's Summary

When Viking raiders attack a quiet Norse village, a small boy's life is ripped apart as he's carried away by sea and sold into a life of servitude. But when this young boy with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas comes of age, he is not what he seems to be.
The events that follow propel Rowan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him into the forest and up the mountain - into a whole world of secrets in itself.
But this is only the beginning of his adventures. Something is stirring in the forest, something more ominous than the rising threat across the seas. Fearful travelers whisper of a darkness breathing in the forest, disturbing it, corrupting it. In the very heart of these stirrings, Rowan encounters that which defies belief, leaving him speechless with terror - and wonder.
©2016 Njord Kane (P)2016 Njord Kane
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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By HR01 on 05-26-18

Surprised, but not in a good way.

I found “The Thrall” while looking for Nordic/Viking-based fiction. There weren’t many reviews available, and some of the existing ones sounded like “invited” reviews. Nonetheless, I purchased the Audible version as the “Viking Hero Series” and promised mysterious encounter in the forest sounded intriguing.

I’m honestly surprised that this audiobook is available on Audible. I had to double check to make sure this wasn’t classified as young adult literature. The book sounds like it was written by a (talented) fifth or sixth grader. The dialogue is extraordinarily simplistic and repetitive. Plot details don’t seem well-planned and are occasionally implausible. One reviewer on Amazon commented that perhaps the author was not writing in his native language. That would be the most charitable explanation.

The narration is well-matched to the text. As you listen to the entire book, you will believe you are attending a junior high school play. The narrator’s attempts to change voice are comedic. This has to have been a low cost production.

On the positive side, the story moves quickly and most chapters have some kind of action. The writing and narration are so poor that I considered not finishing it. However I did get wrapped up in this short story and was curious about the ending. Be aware however, that you will not find any typical seafaring adventures or Viking battles. This is a story about some village folk and a resident slave or “thrall.”

If there is a second book in this series, I will skip it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mimi in McKinney on 01-25-18

Not my favorite.

I was disappointed in this book. It was not what I thought it would be

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