The Norsemen Saga

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 118 ratings

Fin Gall - A Novel of Viking Age Ireland Summary

AD 852. For centuries the Vikings have swept out of the Norse countries and fallen on whatever lands they could reach aboard their longships, and few could resist the power of their violent onslaught. They came at first to plunder and then to settle, an encroachment fiercely resisted wherever they went.

Such was the case in the southern lands of Ireland. En route to the Viking longphort there, known as Dubh-linn, Thorgrim Night Wolf and Ornolf the Restless stumble across an Irish ship that carries aboard it a single item: a crown. The Vikings eagerly snatch the prize, unaware of its significance to the people of Ireland and the power granted to the king who wears it. Soon the Norsemen are plunged into the violence and intrigue of Medieval Ireland, where local kings fight with each other and with the invaders from the north for rule of the island nation. With enemies at every hand and loyalties as fickle as the weather, Thorgrim must lead his men, the white invaders, the Fin Gall, in the fight of their lives, with both Irish and Dane eager to see them dead.

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  • Book 1

    • Fin Gall - A Novel of Viking Age Ireland

    • Norsemen Saga Series #1
    • By: James L. Nelson
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    For centuries, the Vikings have swept out of the Norse countries and fallen on whatever lands they could reach aboard their longships, and few could resist the power of their violent onslaught. They came at first to plunder and then to settle, an encroachment fiercely resisted wherever they went. Such was the case in the southern lands of Ireland. En route to the Viking longphort there, known as Dubh-linn, Thorgrim Night Wolf and Ornolf the Restless stumble across an Irish ship.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I couldnt finish it

    • By Uhtredson on 14-04-16

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 2

    • Dubh-Linn

    • A Novel of Viking Age Ireland - Norsemen Saga Series #2
    • By: James L. Nelson
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Eager to return to his native Norway, Thorgrim agrees to participate in one last raid under the command of a man he does not trust. But the Northmen, he finds, are no longer simply invaders on foreign soil. They have become a part of the Irish kings' ongoing struggle for power, and, far from securing a means to return home, Thorgrim and his men are plunged into a battle for the throne of Tara - a battle that will test their strength and loyalty as none has before.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • the narrator takes a bit of getting used

    • By Dan Howell on 17-03-18
    • A Novel of Viking Age Ireland - Norsemen Saga Series #2
    • By: James L. Nelson
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 01-12-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 23 ratings

    Regular price: £32.89

  • Book 3

    • The Lord of Vik-Lo

    • A Novel of Viking Age Ireland - Norsemen Saga Series #3
    • By: James L. Nelson
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 20

    Having recovered from the wounds of battle and having won for himself a fortune, a crew, and a longship, Thorgrim Night Wolf makes ready to leave the Viking town of Dubh-linn for the long journey back to his home in Norway. But the gods have other plans, and Thorgrim and his men wash up in the small Viking longphort of Vík-ló. Thinking themselves among friends, they soon learn that the opposite is true - that Grimarr Giant, the Lord of Vík-ló, has reason to want Thorgrim and his son, Harald, dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Irish Sea saga

    • By gepocock on 19-04-16

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 4

    • Glendalough Fair

    • The Norsemen Saga, Book 4
    • By: James L. Nelson
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 17

    Spring has come to Ireland, where Thorgrim Night Wolf, new-made Lord of Vík-ló, and the 300 Viking warriors under his command have suffered through a brutal winter. Despite having accomplished much during the months of cold and rain, the patience of the men has worn thin, and anger and frustration threaten to tear the ships' crews apart. But just as the men are turning on one another, a local Irish lord arrives with a proposal, a plan for Irish and Norse to join together in a raid.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another ripping yarn

    • By Sean on 06-09-17

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 5

    • Night Wolf: A Novel of Viking Age Ireland

    • Norsemen Saga Series, Book 5
    • By: James L. Nelson
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    With their ill-fated raid on the monastary at Glendalough torn apart by betrayal and defeat, Thorgrim Night Wolf and his handful of survivors from the crew of Sea Hammer find themselves in desperate and tenuous straits. Stranded far from the safety of Vik-lo, surrounded by enemies, and with barely enough men to work the longship's oars, the Norsemen must make their way back through a dangerous and uncertain country. Thorgrim, however, is not interested in mere survival. His one thought, his one desire, is to take revenge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Sean on 10-09-17

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 6

    • Raider’s Wake: A Novel of Viking Age Ireland

    • The Norsemen Saga, Book 6
    • By: James L. Nelson
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    After the treachery and slaughter they met during the raid on Glendalough, Thorgrim Night Wolf and his small band of surviving Northmen have returned to Vik-lo, where Thorgrim again sits as lord of the Viking longphort. But the Northmen are a restless lot, and soon they find themselves eager to put to sea. Loading weapons and supplies aboard the four longships under Thorgrim's command, they set out in search of the rich merchant ships that now ply Irish waters. But not all cargoes are the same, nor all merchant captains easy targets for the Norse raiders.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good but not the best in the series

    • By Dan Howell on 31-05-18

    Regular price: £29.59