- Series: BLADE HONER (Book 1)
- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition (April 21, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 149919076X
- ISBN-13: 978-1499190762
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hammer of Greatness: The Life of the Oseberg Priestess (BLADE HONER) (Volume 1) 3rd Edition
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About the Author
Maria Kvilhaug is a writer and historian who has written several articles and books on the subject of Old Norse myths and pre-Christian religions. "The Hammer of Greatness" is her first fiction novel. Earlier works include: "The Seed of Yggdrasill - Deciphering the Hidden Messages in Old Norse Myths" and "The Maiden With the Mead - A Goddes of Initiation Rituals in Old Norse Mythology." She runs the website http://freya.theladyofthelabyrinth.com and is known as LadyoftheLabyrinth on Youtube.
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After the birth of Thordis the relationship between Thorbjorn and Zivah starts to deteriorate. Zivah was once meant to follow in her mothers footsteps and be a healer uut when Thorbjorn midwifes his daughter into birth Zivah is angry because she was supposed to do that. So she hates her family breaks the hart of many young men while fantasizing about marrying a rich prince. Her flirtations with bad people get her into some danger as her younger sister looks out for her and Thorbjorn must kill rogue Viking to protect her.
Life changes when one day the Viking Rus invade their village and wipe out the inhabitants. Zivah survives and is almost violated on many occasions. Her mother dies protecting her . Thorbjorn dies in battle. Thorwolf died years earlier in a drowning accident. Zivah is relegated to the status of a concubine while Thordis gets recognition as a Thunder Priestess in the making. Life will change for both girls as they realize their destinies as blade honers. Blade honers make men strive to be better than they are at present. Zivah adapts to being a slave in the Rus Viking compound.
The strong point of this book despite it being a rather good story that is very entertaining to read but the author is very knowledgeable about Norse life back in Viking time and she has done her research. Think she has PHD in Ancient History of that period. She does not glorify the Viking like lots of authors are tending to do. They were a rough group of slaver and raiders yet they did have a code of honor. But they could be very mean and very nice in comparison. The slavers take the girls through the slave markets of Khazaria and Arnulf the Viking leader tls about life in Baghdad and there is some meaty discussion on religion. An excellent book and very informative.
First of all, there is a great deal of detailed Norse Mythology in this novel as well as Norse language that may be hard to digest for the casual reader. As someone who loves historical fiction and Old Norse history, there were still times I had to stop reading to look something up or clarify the context of an Old Norse word or title. Often the story itself felt more like a vehicle for discussing Old Norse religion, culture and trade routes.
Also, I would feel remiss if I did not mention that there are many pages in this book that discuss rape explicitly. There are few actual rape scenes and they are short and I don’t consider them graphic. However, for those who are sensitive regarding this subject, you may want to avoid this book. Personally, I feel the author handles the topic within the context of the Medieval worldview and societal norms of the period.
As a reader, the most important aspect of a novel for me is Voice and Character Development. Regardless of Genre, if a novel can fool me into thinking the character(s) are real and their voice speaks to my soul, then I am hooked! While I do detest predictable plotlines, well written characters can make up for occasional predictability. Sadly, I never felt like I really connected to the main characters of Ms. Kvilhaug’s novel. I respect Ms. Kvilhaug’s academic efforts immensely, but I never felt truly invested in the story or characters.
While I do not blame the author, as her English is far better than my Norwegian will ever be, but I did notice many grammatical issues in this book. I would be more inclined to place this at the feet of the Editor of the book.
In conclusion, I doubt I will read the other novels in this series, but neither do I feel the weekend I spent reading this novel was wasted.
I have studied world literature as a means of touching different times & cultures. My depth of comprehension of these ancient times sprung to life. So, I believe that her works will in time be listed among the most notable.
The manner in which she causes different cultures to reflect off of each other is both splendid & awesome. Well done!!
What a wonderfull breathless ride! The Blade Honer gripped and captured me and kept me captivated reading and away. In dreams and sleepwalking awake.
A treasure I would gift to anyone I love!
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Highly recommend this tome for Heathens and anyone who likes reading.