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  • A brand new Icelandic Saga

    This book is a brilliant modern realisation of the Icelandic sagas and the forces that drive blood feuds. Captures the society and the state of outlawry wonderfully. Stands as a modern companion to those sagas, especially, perhaps Njáls Saga.

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  • There's a Feud Brewing

    This is a well-written book and one anchored in plenty of research. The history of these feuds and their place in Norse culture is fascinating if disturbing. Not so nice is the amount of repetitive narrative that slows the plot down significantly. When you find yourself skimming past irrelevant prose you know there's trouble. This book should be put on a diet. The other issue is the overall mood of the book. If the intent is to acquaint the reader with the brooding Norse character it succeeds in spades. This could have been lightened at least occasionally. The reader is left to wonder by the end why everyone just didn't kill themselves. Now this is harsh, I'd agree. But there was the germ of a really story in this book that was bothered by extraneous devices.

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  • A really good read

    Historic Iceland and its laws and customs interwoven seamlessly into the story of a man and his friends and opponents.

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  • Outstanding

    I loved this book. It’s a great story with a strong, unexpected ending. I like the writing style which is unusual and carries you along wanting to know what happens next.

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  • Impressive Islandic Historical Fiction

    I found the historical fiction quite entertaining. It took me away from the regular "who done it" theme of current literature. I take with me a better understanding of the Icelandic harsh environment and how it affected the customs and values of the early people that settled on it's lands.

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