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Tyrker's Tale (The World's Edge Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 19 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Series: The World's Edge Series (Book 1)

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Robin Ingle used to count things for the U.S. government, but now spends her time wrangling words and fighting for living space with two energetic beagles. Occasionally, she writes short stories and novels. She studied mathematics at the University of South Florida, briefly worked as a journalist, and now lives and writes in metropolitan Washington, D.C.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Noble on September 16, 2012
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I don't typically read historical fiction but this story was recommended to me, so I gave it a shot. And I am so glad I did! Tyrker's Tale is a wonderfully written short tale about Tryker, a thrall in tenth century Iceland. The story was filled with interesting characters, and the setting easily came to life in just a few pages.

This is a great start of what is sure to be an entertaining series. Even if you don't usually read historical fiction, I would highly recommend you read this tale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zora Wyatt on September 11, 2012
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I took a chance on this short story and was pleasantly surprised! It's a well-written and engaging tale of a slave in a difficult position. Tyrker has a lot of responsibilities and not much freedom, and this puts him in a bit of a jam. I read it in one sitting, because I was eager to see how he gets out of it. The sense of adventure that marks a lot of stories about vikings was there, and I was very interested in the depiction of life in that time and in that part of the world. Readers of historical fiction will love this
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kletheby on July 6, 2012
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Well written absorbing tale with strong characters. I was living the story alongside them. I can't wait to find out what happens to Tyrker beyond this enticing first installment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DCDave on June 10, 2012
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Take a name mentioned in an Icelandic saga, and create a touching and historically satisfying story around who that character might have been. That's what Robin Ingle has done so well in Tyrker's Tale. We meet a man from Anatolia, fluent in languages and warfare, who was captured in battle, passed through several masters in Europe, and ended up a slave in the most famous Viking household of them all. As we get a clear picture of the estate of Eirik the Red in Oxney and the lot in life of Viking slaves and women (not quite the same thing), we also witness changes in Tyrker's prospects for the future--and his appraisal of Eirik himself. This character study whets our appetite for future stories in the series. I've got my fingers crossed that Tyrker will turn up again, as he teaches Eirik's sons in their formative years. But how might he react to Eirik's teenage foster daughter, who wants to be schooled in combat as well? Apparently that will have to wait for the author's novel. Fans of historical fiction should eagerly anticipate the stories to come and how they will be woven together in a longer work. In the meantime, enjoy this Norse morsel and hope the next meal will be served up soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seth Friedman on June 8, 2012
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I really enjoyed this little story about the real lives of the vikings in Iceland. I love being able to learn more about the lives and the world of historical figures like Eric the Red and Leif Ericson. I downloaded not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised to discover a great introduction to what looks to be an ongoing series of stories. I love historical fiction and this delivers with a nice balance of interesting characters, suspense, romance and some great recreations of the time period. I really got a great sense of what this world was like from the clear, concise descriptions and excellent characterization. Plus, the main character is a slave, which really gives you a interesting point of view of these larger-than-life, mythical characters. If you love historical fiction and are interested in exploring the world of the dark age vikings, give this one a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon D. Ketts on September 29, 2013
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This tale has an interesting point of view - from that of a thrall or slave in the Viking era. Not all blood and guts, it's about a man who knows his place in the world and is proud enough to do a good job of it. Tyrker is a strong character showing bravery, integrity and sensitivity. The only thing that can improve this tale is to take him further. I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham Downs on January 26, 2013
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A pretty good story, told in the form of a memoir of a slave called Tyrker (or "The Turk"). He is owned by a war-mongerer called Eirik the Red, and is in charge to teaching Eirik's two sons how to fight. Tyrker is in love with a woman and wishes to marry her, but that's forbidden for a thrall.

Ms Ingle clearly knows the setting well, and obviously has a passion for vikings. It was a good story, with a fair amount of backstory and foreshadowing, but not too much that I thought I was missing anything. It's well written, and the pacing's pretty good. Can't wait to read the next one! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By atomskeater on November 23, 2012
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Malik ad-Din Qasim is a warrior of the Anatolian empire until one fateful day when he and his brothers are taken away. Most of his brothers are sold on the market as slaves, and using his talent for foreign languages Malik convinces Erik, a skilled warrior of high social standing, to buy him. He is taken to Iceland and given the name Tyrker. He lives as a teacher and guard for Erik's sons. This short story sets up the background and presents a conflict wherein Tyrker wishes to have a family as a free man.

The writing was very good. I got a good sense of the land and customs, and felt immersed in the tale. There was a hint of great battles and romance to come. Tyrker is a strong character, despite his status as a slave, and his resourcefulness and strength shines through in these few pages. Runa also seems like an interesting character and a good romantic match for Tyrker. The story is very short, but I'm eager to read more of the series and I hope further entries are quite a bit longer. The author has managed to draw me in with about 19 pages, so eagerly anticipate seeing something this high quality in a full-length book.
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