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About the Author
Tim Severin, explorer, traveller, author, film-maker and lecturer has made many expeditions, most recently in search of Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoe, and has written books about all of them.Odinn's Child, volume one of the VIKING trilogy, is his first novel.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B005I4UBMU
- Publisher : Pan; 1st edition (August 19, 2011)
- Publication date : August 19, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1033 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 356 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #872,257 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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From carefully selected and fleshed out scenes from Eyrbyggja Saga, when the mysterious, uncanny and somewhat overbearing Thorgunna comes to live briefly among the Icelanders, to the various North American expeditions described in the two extant Vinland sagas (Eirik the Red's Saga and the Tale of the Greenlanders), Severin manages to insert young Thorgils into a series of big moments in viking history. We follow him back to Iceland, where he insinuates himself into the final legal battle in the escalating feuds of Njal's Saga, and then takes up with the shrewd Icelandic chieftain, Snorri the Priest, and gets to participate in one of Snorri's famous escapades when he cleans out a nest of local vikings by force of arms (recounted in Eyrbyggja Saga). Then our hero, Thorgils, hooks up once more with Kari Solmundarsson from Njal's Saga. Kari is the sole survivor of the attack which burned Njal and his wife, along with their sons, daughter, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren to death in Njal's farmhouse. Kari, who alone escaped the carnage in the black smoke of the flames, swears vengeance on the burners and Thorgils gets to go along and witness some of the famous viking's feats of arms as Kari pursues his single minded objective. Then it's on to the Battle of Clontarf, from the Orkneyinga Saga, as King Sigtrygg Silkybeard, Norse king of Dublin, casts his lot in war against Brian Boru, High King of the Irish in yet another famous viking moment. Along the way, Thorgils manages to cross paths, albeit briefly, with the infamous Grettir the Strong from Grettir's Saga who is, of course, Iceland's most renowned and admired fugitive, the hero cum anti-hero par excellence.
If you know the sagas, there are few surprises here though Severin does a nice job of fleshing out details and patching the disparate episodes together in a convincing narrative skein. Unlike Severin, of course, the saga writers were famously sparing with words and Severin makes up for that with lovingly layered on detail all his own. To make it all hang together Severin must naturally make some choices and so he changes the details here and there to suit his story. Fredyis' famous killings in Vinland, for instance, are altered slightly though Severin provides a very plausible description of how these come about.
He also chooses to accept the reference in Erik the Red's Saga to Thorgils' presence in Iceland "a year before" the Frodriver Marvels, thereby equating the Thorgunna identified as Thorgils' mother, Leif's summer paramour in the Hebrides, with the Thorgunna who came to Iceland a few years later and was supposedly responsible for the hauntings remembered in the Frodriver Marvels described in Eyrbyggja Saga. That the Thorgunna of Frodriver fame is apparently a much older woman than a young man like Leif might have been attracted to, and is not mentioned as having a son, Thorgils, in Eyrbyggja Saga, is disregarded as Severin sticks with this somewhat questionable reference in Erik the Red's Saga. Still, he makes his decision convincing by suggesting this Thorgunna might have been something of a nymphomaniac with the hots for a still green-behind-the-ears Leif Eriksson.
Overall, Severin does a more than creditable job and his writing is solid, though I thought the story started falling apart after Clontarf when our hero finds himself on the loose in Ireland for a number of years. The Irish episodes felt too didactic to me, even compared to the episodes lifted from the sagas. Indeed, in the end the story is little more than a series of these famous saga events strung together through the artifice of an old Norse monk who has written it all down as a personal memoir, while hiding out in a Christian monastery, and afterwards secreting his private manuscript among the official ones in the scriptorium. Well, it's an interesting notion and it provides a credible basis for the story's otherwise remarkable coincidences and very un-saga like voice.
Overall I liked this one though I found it slow going in places, particularly in the final third of the tale, and could often predict what was coming as one great saga scene was telegraphed into the next. If you are not that familiar with the sagas and you like Norse tales, this one is probably a good choice.
Here are a few other relatively recent novels that partake of the saga tradition and its motifs:
Saga: A Novel Of Medieval Iceland
author of The King of Vinland's Saga
Instead of giving a summary of the book I'm going to list a few pros and cons of the book:
-The author has a beautiful way of writing!
-The characters are very well developed and you truly feel for them, especially the narrator, Thorgils
-The book is a page turner even when there's not a lot of action, though the action is very well written and keeps you on the edge of your seat!
-The Paragraphs are SO long! Paragraphs are a very good tool of keeping the pacing of a book going and at times there were page+ long paragraphs that kind of slowed the book down at points
-Towards the end of the book the editor got very lazy! It wasn't anything big, just a typo here and there but enough to really get annoying.
Top reviews from other countries
I have read this trilogy in book form and i still have them but they are always worth a re-read thats why i have bought them for the kindel so they are easier to take with me when travelling.
you can imagine what everything is like in this book and once you start to ead it you will find it difficult to put it down.
Our hero travels from Orkney to Iceland to Greenland to Canada and back again, finally ending up in Ireland. Along the way he looses his friends, family and acquaintances at an alarming rate. In addition to the lack of action, the lack of appealing characters also undermines the enjoyment of reading this book.
I won't be buying the second volume.
All together it is quite a good read. And I would recomend it to anyone who likes a good historical novel.