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The Hel Runes Claim: Life of the Oseberg Priestess (783-834 AD) (Blade Honer) (Volume 3) Paperback – June 10, 2015
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The saga continues and draws you further in weaving it's magic around you, thread upon thread, layer upon layer, story upon story as the well loved characters develop and grow and intertwine more and more. Mostly through valour and heroic exploits we see the hero’s personality realized. The synthesis of Viking ideals on the one hand and of codes of courtly chivalry on the other. Justice, as much as courage, a primary virtue. The book shows that Vikings were not just the fierce raiders of stereotype, though they did descend on lands with terrifying raids from longships that could sail a considerable distance upriver, but that they were also traders who traveled the world, parled with neighbouring peoples and were pivotal in the establishment of what we now know as Russia. This book goes deeper into the customs and culture of the Rus giving us an insight as to the traditions and intricacies of this ancient people.
It is a story of great complexity and richness, with a host of brilliantly executed character portrayals and a profound understanding of human strengths and weaknesses. Its structure is highly complex, but at its core is a girl who devotes her life to a struggle against the destructive forces of society. Well-researched and fast-moving, the story features violent action, a unique love-story, odd twists, cool humour, poems and more.
The author constantly draws upon geographic, social, and cultural verisimilitude; depicting life as she imagines it had actually been in the past, which only serves to encourage people to attain a better understanding of their social environment and a truer knowledge of themselves through studying the real and imagined fates of their forebears.
The only downside is that now we have to await Book 4 which I anticipate will once again raise the bar and hit a new zenith in the story of the Osberg priestess and her retinue. Thank you for this most excellent read.