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The Shield-Maiden: A Foreworld SideQuest (The Foreworld Saga) Kindle Edition
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- Part of: The Foreworld Saga (12 Books)
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About the Author
Michael “Tinker” Pearce is a world-renowned sword-maker and author of The Medieval Sword in the Modern World. He is a student of historic European martial arts and also works with Subutai Corporation as a fight choreographer and consultant.
Linda S. Pearce has worked in the high-tech industry for over twenty years and is active in the animal rescue community. The two met at a renaissance faire and fell in love immediately. They are now married and live in Seattle with six dogs and two cats.
They are also the authors of the fantasy novel, Diaries of a Dwarven Rifleman.
- ASIN : B009KP9VHY
- Publisher : 47North (November 27, 2012)
- Publication date : November 27, 2012
- Language: : English
- File size : 286 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 67 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #738,460 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Because the story was so short I did not fully understand the plot. Who were the Danes that mysteriously appeared in their midst chasing the boatload of elite warriors? What were they after, and what were the warriors doing there in the first place? I assume these questions will be answered in later editions, but it is frustrating to buy a book, read the entire thing, and and be left with these questions.
One part that I found troubling was the way the authors dealt with the thralls. Although described as members of the household, they were slaves, probably captured in long ago raids. To write of them as happy, sex-loving servants did them a disservice. But, the authors were creating heroes in a slave-owning society. Perhaps they felt the only way to include thralls (as historical authenticity demanded) and keep the heroes heroic (under modern sensibilities) was to describe the thralls as happy. In this novel they could even choose their sexual partners!
Don't be put off by what I said about thralls. This is only a short part in a great story and I am sensitive on the subject. This is NOT a full novel, so don't buy this expecting one. Just enjoy what you get and know that if you like the introduction, you'll be shelling out more cash to find out what happens next.
The Foreworld series is dynamic and interesting because it opens up history in a lot of ways. The original authors tried to bring realistic fighting and a sense of civilization into the stories, and Linda and Michael "Tinker" Pearce do a bang-up job of it in this novella.
I enjoyed the description of the everyday life of the Vikings as much as I did the action. Michael Pearce is a sword-maker and author of The Medieval Sword in the Modern World. He's skilled in martial arts and works as a fight choreographer, which shows in the narrative.
Sigrid becomes a real person throughout the story and I feel like I got to know her well. Her family and friends are highlights throughout the story, and watching her try to sort through things.
This was my first foray into the Foreworld universe, but I'm now intrigued and will be picking up other stories in the series.
I think it's worth it, but I think you should enter into the process with eyes open.
Top reviews from other countries
Like the others ( Sinner: A Foreworld SideQuest (The Foreworld Saga) , Dreamer: A Foreworld SideQuest (The Foreworld Saga) , etc.), the book is very short - basically the equivalent of a handful of chapters. It is well written, and action packed - therefore easy to read quickly. It provides additional richness to the world described (13th century Europe, this time the Northern parts) and should be quite interesting to people more fascinated by Norse sagas and history (irrespective of whether they find the politicking between Christian orders of the time, or the Mongol state exciting).
The characters of course cannot be painted in depth but the brief description through their thought and action is good enough to add some colour, to what could be a fairly two dimensional cast (given the length of the story).
The one criticism that can potentially be leveled at this side quest is that there is less connection to the Mongoliad protagonists (state the end of The Mongoliad: Book Two (The Foreworld Saga) ) than in the other side quests / prequels, so it is really more of a nice to have than a useful addition to the world. Still, I do not regret getting it, and it works equally well as a stand alone short story.
The fight scenes are vivid and mesmerising in their intricacy, especially as Sigrid’s training kicks in and she slips into the ‘Vor’. For this alone it is well worth the read. There isn’t much time in the novella for her and Halldor’s relationship to grow, but he recognises the ‘Vor’ in her before he sees it, giving a glimpse into his own spirituality. I shall pick up another in the series.