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History and legend combine in the gripping tale of Hakon Haraldsson, a Christian boy who once fought for the High Seat of a Viking realm.

It is 935 A.D., and the North is in turmoil. King Harald Fairhair has died, leaving the High Seat of the realm to his murderous son, Erik Bloodaxe. To solidify his claim, Erik ruthlessly disposes of all claimants to his throne, save one: his youngest brother Hakon.

Erik's surviving enemies send a ship to Wessex, where the Christian King Athelstan is raising Hakon. Unable to avoid his fate, he returns to the Viking North to face his brother and claim his birthright, only to discover that victory will demand sacrifices beyond his wildest nightmares.

©2005, 2008 Eric Schumacher (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Carolynn
  • 14-11-18

A story of the Vikings and the Christians

I didn't anticipate a story like this to be "so" different from all the other stories about this time in histroy. It is historically accurate and moved along quickly. This story tells what the English did about all the raids, on England soil. The narrations is one the best i have heard. This is "very important" with this story because of the strange names of the Vikings. I recommend this book !

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  • Scott D McCoy
  • 18-07-19

Might be a great story, but I will never know

The narrator is terrible. Stressing every third word or ending of a sentence and then a soars stop and pause distracts from every moment of the story so much I had to stop before the end of the first chapter. I have several hundred books and I have only return 3 now this one will be the fourth.

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  • John Bernier
  • 04-11-18

awesome!!

just a GREAT audio book with excellent naration and a fantastic story line. thouroughly enjoyable

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  • Son of Odin
  • 21-08-18

Great Saga

I'm so happy I found this book. I think I've listened to almost every Viking saga available and was hoping to find another. Well this book didn't disappoint. I'm really looking forward to the second book. Shaun Grindell as always did an amazing job narrating the story.

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  • Vicente Cabrera
  • 19-04-19

Great story iffy narration

I really enjoyed this story or Kings and Vikings, Thor, Odin, God, etc..... I will say it was difficult for me to get past the narration. It literally sounded like a nature documentary. Nothing against them but zero imagination whatsoever. Sounded almost robotic. Nonetheless I gripped through it and found the story enjoyable .

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  • Jeff Sullivan
  • 10-07-19

fintroll

a Christian view as to what happened to the Scandinavian tribes. unfair, in my view.

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  • matt
  • 14-12-18

I think the story would be great, but...

The narrator is terrible! Every 3rd word ends on a lilting stressed syllable. It's bad.

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  • Sonita
  • 31-05-20

Bland Story, Evern Blander Narrator.

the story was bland and predictable, Haakon was even worse. His piety chafed and the narrator was just awful. Honestly, I most likely wont continue with this series.

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  • Catherine Blair
  • 28-01-20

Overtly Christian

When I read about vikings I want the pagans to win. This is a very pro Christian book. I did not enjoy it.

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  • Karyn J.
  • 01-12-19

loved this. great look into history

great story and good reader. overall a wonderful filling out of History. marvelous history lessons