- 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: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,945 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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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 will admit that a part of my praise is based on my personal affinity for books related to the Viking Age. If a reader is not particularly interested in that history they may find the book's presentation of that history within the story line a bit of a distraction from the plot. But if so, those parts can be easily browsed. No one should let the historical aspects stop them from enjoying this magnificent story.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
Highly recommend this tome for Heathens and anyone who likes reading.