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RuneWarriors: Ship of the Dead Hardcover – December 28, 2010
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About the Author
James Jennewein lives in a bloodthirsty, barbaric land filled with evil tyrants, slimy monsters, and comely maidens. It is called Los Angeles.
Tom S. Parker, who has Viking ancestors on his Swedish mother's side, enjoys pillaging now and then with his pet Chihuahua, Tony. He lives in a moated fortress in Topanga, California.
Top Customer Reviews
Having read the trilogy, it's my opinion that it's not the authors' intention to write a strict depiction of Norse mythology that you'd read in textbooks. Rather, they take the gods, demi-gods and monsters of Norse lore and create living, breathing characters who are fresh, funny and modern in their complexities. For instance, Valkyries are usually depicted as self-sacrificing maidens who feel honored to ferry dead warriors to Odin's Valhalla. Not so here. The Valkyrie sisterhood of Runewarriors is humorously rife with enough back-stabbing and bitching to take up a whole season of "The Office." And the goddess Hel, ruler of the underworld, isn't exactly content that her father Odin stuck her with such a thankless job. Complaining about the endless tide of dead sent her way, she moans, "They never stop coming! Shipload after shipload. And I must find room for them all--as if we weren't cramped for space down here already!" There are dozens of these little gems of comedy amid the text. Some readers may take offense that their precious notions of Norse mythology have been deconstructed by the authors here. Well, these folks just don't get the joke--and never will. As for me, I thoroughly appreciate the fresh, exciting take on Viking times and culture delivered in the Runewarriors trilogy, and especially in the final chapter, "Ship Of The Dead."
Our whole family enjoyed all three books. We fought over who got to read them first! Highly recommend.
All of the books are so full of good story telling and humor that they appeal to readers of all ages. We loved the hero's and villains escapades. As a school librarian I especially appreciate the authors wonderful use of colorful language.
At the end of this truly entertaining book we wanted more of Dane and Astrid and their friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just bought this book in a store bargain bin. As a fan of norse folklore and friend of many modern Heathens, the glaring errors jumped out screaming at me as early as page 3! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Winter Knight
The whole Rune Warrior series was awesome. Great read
could not stop reading them disappointed that it was the last book.
I use this book for tutoring a 12 year old boy. He loves it! He reads and understands the material.Published on August 12, 2012 by yolyfe