- Series: Vikingverse (Book 1)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Outland Entertainment; None edition (October 9, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1947659529
- ISBN-13: 978-1947659520
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All Father Paradox (Vikingverse) Paperback – October 9, 2018
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When I heard that Ian Sharpe (a past colleague of mine) was exploring writing about the Vikingverse, I eagerly followed along and picked up a copy on day one. And I read it from cover to cover in one sitting, only to pause for sips of mead that I picked up at BevMo (I like to get into the mood when I'm reading Norse stuff).
While waiting for Sharpe's next endeavor I'll have to entertain myself with the thoughts of sugarplums and other epic possibilities in the Vikingverse that haven't been thought up yet.
You know all the stories of old. The stories of Odin and Frejya, of Thor and Loki, of Fenrir and Tyr. But those stories, while some of the best stories in existence, are all-too-known. Now is time for the unknown.
Time to take a ride on the other side of Ragnarok!
Sharpe's thorough research of a variety of historic cultures and literary styles comes across well in this effort. I found myself feeling fully immersed in worlds where the battles of both men and gods felt as visceral as they did inevitable.
One interesting thing that happened to me while reading The All Father Paradox was that I felt compelled on more than one occasion to put the book down and go off on a small research expedition of my own to trace down the origin of some semi-familiar word, or to learn more about some detail brought forth by Sharpe that I couldn't imagine was true - but was.
If you enjoy a good story, and aren't afraid to learn a thing or two along the way, I fully recommend The All Father Paradox.
It does have some minor issues. The disjointed jumping of timelines is a bit too disjointed, which could confuse readers. It confused me sometimes. There was also one chapter that felt sandwiched in. Too obvious exposition. The information could’ve been added elsewhere or the chapter rewritten.
However, these criticisms don’t take away from the well-written prose and interesting subject. For fans of Norse mythology, the book feels like a homecoming. For those not familiar with the mythos, all the information thrown at you, especially at the beginning, may seem daunting, but it is not at all overpowering if you just go with it to the end.
This book is well-written and recommended.
Let Ian Stuart Sharpe take you on a world building journey through alternate viking history, you won't be disappointed.