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Summary

"For indeed the Frankish nation, which was crushed by the avenger Hasting, was full of filthy uncleanness. Treasonous and oath-breaking, they were deservedly condemned; unbelievers and faithless, they were justly punished." (Dudo of St. Quentin, Gesta Normannorum)

Orphaned as a child by a blood feud and sold as a slave to an exiled chieftain in Ireland, the boy Hasting had little hope of surviving to adulthood. The gods had other plans. A ship arrived at his master's longphort carrying a man who would alter the course of his destiny and take him under his wing to teach him the ways of the Vikings. His is a story of a boy who was a slave, who became a warlord, and who helped topple an empire.  

A supposed son of Ragnar Lodbrok, and referred to in the Gesta Normannorum as the Scourge of the Somme and Loire, his life exemplified the qualities of the ideal Viking. Join author and historian C. J. Adrien on an adventure that explores the coming of age of the Viking Hasting, his first love, his first great trials, and his first betrayal.

©2019 Christopher Jonathan Adrien (P)2020 Tantor

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great story

I'm very impressed with this author and the narration. i hope book 2 as good.

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Great Historical Fiction

So good to find a historical fiction novel that isn't obsessed and bloated with constant battles and more focused on the reasons for conflict and the cultures involved. Narrator was also excellent

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adventures for love

the book got better as it went further into his adventure. he struggled to find his love after his village has been ransacked by Danes and his love is taken as a slave. He (hastings) uses his wits to get from different adventures. He is young and has to learn quickly. l am looking forward to the 2nd book.

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Strange performance

There were two problems with this. The first was the difficult to listen to, over dramatised performance. The second was the liberal sprinkling of historical research which were thrust in wilynily. I really couldn’t finish it.

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Boring

It’s a bit like an under 12 yr old version of a historical novel. All fights scenes are glossed over any tension is muted and I just found the whole story boring. Time seems to jump with no explanation and the rise of a boy in a strange land is a little unbelievable - or not even explained. It’s a shame because had the punches not been pulled it would have been much more interesting.

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  • 06-12-20

Heading is said to be both optional & required!

A long tale of betrayal, deceit, revenge & war. The wrll-constructrd plot drags at times but is, overall, entertaining. The narrator is talented but tells the story without oral characterization of the key players.

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  • 03-05-21

my first Adrien book

I very much enjoyed this audiobook. The story is most.interesting well written and very well read.

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  • Francis Maduzia
  • 01-12-20

A referral from a friend that didn't let me down.

This book was full of adventure and had me on the edge at every chapter. Can't wait for the continuation.

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  • Helen Fahlsing
  • 05-07-20

Historical fiction

I enjoy first person narratives. Looking forward to future books in the series. Please have them available in audio.

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  • Shirley N.
  • 08-06-21

Gritty Great Tale of Survival

Hasting the Wolf survived, against all odds, the ruthless and bloody attack that wrenched him from his birthright. Years as a slave under the very man that destroyed his family, he was purchased and taken onboard a Viking ship and toward his new destiny. A great storyline surrounds the setting and people he meets along the way. Favored amongst the gods, he rises to lead the men of his own crew. Loss of heritage and love and an enduring story kept me engaged, and I look forward to the next in the series. The narration was excellent.

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  • marlene
  • 02-06-21

Boring, will not,get,the next edition

I am not interested in getting g the next book in the series...very dull...
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  • Nick Sherman
  • 17-04-21

Awesome book

Loved the story. Anyone who didnt or couldnt listen obviously sucks. Great voices for the book too.

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  • Paul Harris
  • 08-02-21

Good read!

Story & characters are well done & believable. Excellent Viking yarn & well worth the time, if historical fiction is your thing.

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  • red duke
  • 14-01-21

Decent listen

It was a nice story. Sounds like a great series. Time will tell. Solid start very good narration.

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  • kyle
  • 10-12-20

just amazing!

I started this book and I just couldn't stop. the placing was great. The narrator is just fantastic, great voice but what makes him so good is his accents! Great purchase if you want to get lost in a saga.