- Publisher: Createspace
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 149529322X
- ISBN-13: 978-1495293221
- Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,829,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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King Olaf's Kinsman
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I wish I could say more about the author Charles W. Whistler, but I know next to nothing and so far I haven't found any information in any of his books. A few of them have 1-2 page prefaces with some historical info, of which I have found Mr. Whistler to be generally faithful. From what I can gather we was writing in the late 1800's and early 1900's; his preface to King Olaf's Kinsmen is dated 1896.
The story follows a Thane whose father is killed during the southern invasion of England by Swein Forkbeard's Danes, sending him on the warrior path across Wessex, Mercia, Suffolk and East Anglia. Along the way he encounters the Norwegian prince Olaf, who is leading 10 warships with 800 armored vikings fighting for the English against Cnut's Danes.
From the coasts of southern England to the fjords of Norway, this is a good and original adventure story set in the early 11th century (1016 or so). Whistler brings the saga voice to his narrative without making it painful for anyone who has not tackled a saga before. My one grievance is the publishing with text that feels like a movie script and the large book format which makes it a little awkward/uncomfortable to read. At the same time I praise them for making it available. If like myself you are a fan of Bernard Cornwell's "Saxon Chronicles", then any of Whistler's books are likely to please. In fact, "Utred of Northumbria" makes a few cameos in this book.