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Saint Magnus, The Last Viking (God's Forgotten Friends: Lives of Little-known Saints) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 16, 2015
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"Wow! Let me begin by putting to rest any notion that this, being a historical novel, is bogged down with details and facts. The balance and delivery of fact and fiction is flawless. "Saint Magnus The Last Viking" brings Saint Magnus to life while delivering action-packed excitement and suspense galore! From the beginning, I couldn't put this book down." (Therese Heckenkamp, Author of #1 Bestseller Past Suspicion
About the Author
Catholic novelist Susan Peek is a wife, mother of eleven children, and a Third Order Franciscan. Her passion is writing novels of little-known saints and heroes, especially for teens and young adults (and anyone young at heart). She is an active member of the Catholic Writers Guild, teaches creative writing in her spare time, and is currently continuing work on her series “God’s Forgotten Friends: Lives of Little-known Saints.”
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Susan has an outstanding ability to begin and end chapters with lines that keep you from putting the book down. Chapter two begins: “It had never occurred to Magnus, second son of Erlend, to arm himself with a weapon before setting off for Vespers.” You absolutely know something exciting is going to happen! And it does. Peek pulls the reader from one tense moment to another. We go back in time and become witness to the dramatic trials Magnus endured and the sacrifices he made.
As the mother of three boys, ages twelve to fifteen, I can’t say enough about this book. My boys love to read and they enjoy saint stories, but Saint Magnus, The Last Viking appeals to them in ways no other saint books have. This is not a sterile retelling of the saint’s life. The characters leap off the page with energy my boys can relate to, keeping them completely engaged as the story of this saint unfolds.
With all the battles, fighting, and conflict, it’s obvious why this story appeals to boys, but I love it, too. In fact, I read it first. As a writer, I thoroughly enjoy Peek’s powerful writing style and vivid descriptions. I marvel at her ability to develop every character in the story. Some lines and sections moved me so much that I found myself re-reading them for pure enjoyment. Then I shared them with my husband. “Listen! Don’t you just love this?” I laughed to myself when my twelve-year-old son read the book and did the same thing. “Mom, listen!”
Susan Peek’s inspired account of the life of Saint Magnus stirs up the desire to live as he did, with courage, perseverance, and brotherly love, faithful to God to the end. Peek has taken the life of this little-known saint whom time may have forgotten and whose story could’ve remained hidden, and she’s re-presented it to the modern Christian.
This book is not to be missed. I walk away from it knowing I will go back. The message of Saint Magnus’s life is a message for today and it remains with me even now. I can’t wait to step into my next Susan Peek book.