France, AD 799.
Northmen sacked the monastery at dawn before anyone had awakened. They burned the village and slaughtered all who stood in their path. The relics of Saint Philbert were lost, and the island was abandoned by those who once dwelled there.
Sixteen years later, a monk named Abriel who had survived the attack as a boy is sent to recover the relics to help restore the reputation and legitimacy of Saint Philbert. What he discovers on his journey changes his life forever.
Northmen had colonized the island in the absence of the monks. They hold the key to finding the relics, but they have greater plans for Abriel, plans that will take him to the North to find his destiny.
The Line of His People is a Viking age historical fiction novel written for young adults.
©2013 Christopher Jonathan Adrien (P)2016 Christopher Jonathan Adrien
I would recommend this book to others as it brought to life a very intriguing and harsh past. A time that is so difficult to imagine now and yet the common thread of humanity which is woven through time right up to modern times. Characters we can relate to, human stories we can relate to.
Mark's voice is rich and warm. His story telling was key to my enjoying this audiobook. He brought the characters to life well and gave each one distinctive differences, without taking away from the flow of the narrative. I would definitely listen to more of his audio work.
A good story beautifully narrated and definitely worth a listen.
C.J. Adrien clearly has a vast knowledge about the Vikings and with that the listener not only enjoys the story but learns at the same time. Mark Topping narrated clearly and entertainingly, keeping the listener hooked at all times. The characters are given depth and life through the writing (of Adrien) and reading (of Topping).
Thoroughly enjoyable and I'd advise others to give it a listen!
A man with a child in his ears.
This is a fast-paced historical adventure pitting the mighty Northmen into and around France which is a new take for me. There is intrigue, action, bloody violence and a very interesting lead character in the form of Abriel. A young priest orphaned by the Vikings who finds that the outside world holds much more for him than he could have bargained for. There is a rich and varied cast of characters ranging from corrupt priests through to powerful Viking leaders, from beautiful Northmen royalty to mysterious witches of both sexes!
There is plenty of action, ably narrated by Mark Topping and backed by obvious and considerable historical knowledge, though this is never allowed to dominate or bog the story down. In fact, being aimed at young adults, the narrative has a very light touch and Topping delivers a quite contemporary band of 9th Century Raiders.
For me personally the touch was just a bit too light and occasionally what seemed to be important events passed by in the blink of an eye as the plot twisted and turned. The effect of events on the characters sometimes also seemed to be minimised.
However, I’m slightly (ahem!) older than the target audience and Adrien has put together an interesting concept that will develop further in the later novels I am sure. While a wise old elder like myself might have liked to spend an extra hour or three getting stuck into the detail it may well be that this author has found a balance that will sell historical fiction to the younger at heart.
I highly recommend this book. I listen to audiobooks every day, and this was one of the best narrations I've listened to in a while.
The story was fast paced, action packed, and kept me engaged throughout.
This was my first time hearing Mark Topping. His narration is pleasing to the ear and he has a great range of different voices.
I would have listened to this book in one sitting if I had had the time.
"An OK first attempt"
This was not a bad first attempt from Mark Topping. I am sure as Topping continues to write his story telling will improve.
The pros for this book are that the story itself is interesting and something I want to follow and I would like to see where he goes with the characters.
The negatives are that the writing itself just seems to lack depth in places and could be more comprehensive overall. I wanted way more from the fight scenes and from the bigger interactions that the main characters have. It really felt like "scenes" just ended or could have been fleshed out more to give a better store or suck the reader in more.
I hate to compare writers, but I really wanted Toppings writing to be more like Giles Kristian.
I see potential here, but it really needs to be more in-depth writing to "complete' the story.
"Great Historical Novel"
If you like historical novels you will love The Line of His People. Mr. Adrien's attention to detail along with his skill at story telling makes this a great book to lose yourself in. I can't wait until his sequel comes out on Audible.
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