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The Varangian (Odd Tangle-Hair's Saga) by [Macbain, Bruce]
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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Odd Tangle-Hair’s Saga:

“All told, a wild, incredible read.”

(Barton Kunstler, author of THE COURIER Barton Kunstler)

Praise for Odd Tangle-Hair’s Saga:

“Detailed and vivid writing.”

― Albert Noyer, author of the Getorius and Arcadia Mysteries

(Albert Noyer, author of the Getorius and Arcadia Mysteries Albert Noyer)

"Thoroughly effective at explaining the intriguing and highly complex circumstances of the time period, Macbain’s (The Ice Queen, 2015, etc.) book shines in a way that only historical fiction can. Who needs King Jon Snow in Game of Thrones when one can get a glimpse of the historically real and undeniably sinister John the Guardian of Orphans? Even the most terrifying dragon pales in comparison to the sheer horror of a society so comfortable with castration. As the story ventures outside of Constantinople, the reader is treated to a plot that can only be described as epic … a highly entertaining Viking adventure.

- Kirkus Reviews

"Written by a historian with deep understanding of the cultures, peoples, and languages of this world, The Varangian speaks with an authoritative and compelling voice that can equally present naval battles decided by Greek Fire and court intrigue culminating in advancement to lucrative rank or in mutilation and blinding.  This is a masterfully written and suspenseful tale that weaves fictional characters into the dramatic story of eleventh-century Byzantium and ambitious women and men, some home grown and some drawn from afar, who aimed to profit from an empire of legendary wealth and splendor."

- Emily Albu, Professor of Medieval and Byzantine Studies, UC, Davis

"The Varangian is the third and final volume of Bruce Macbain’s Odd Tangle-Hair’s Saga, and like the first two entries, it is as compelling and wild a ride as historical fiction offers. Macbain brilliantly weaves in his vast knowledge of 11th century Viking and Byzantine life with a great storyteller’s ability to drive the plot forward, a plot filled with intrigue, violence, betrayal, and lust."

- Barton Kunstler, author of The Hothouse Effect 


From the Back Cover

Posing as  Rus diplomat, Odd is sent to the Emperor's court in Miklagard - the Viking's name for Constantinople - to murder Harald, the man who betrayed him and left him for dead.  Now a member of the fearsome Varangian Guard whose elite Viking members serve as the Emperor's personal bodyguards, Harald makes a fearsom enemy - and an invaluable ally.  After surviving the war, slavery, and betrayal, Odd must navigate the labryinthine politics of court intrigue and imperial dynastic disputes to stay one step ahead of old and new enemies alike.  Finally, in the  midst of a foreign city with danger lurking around every corner, Odd finds love and acceptance even as the thirst for avenging his family's brutal murders still haunts him.  

Like Odin's Child adn The Ice Queen before it, The Varangian is dictated by Odd after his return to Iceland to a young scribe whose own life is changed forever by the telling of the tale.

(Blank Slate Press)

Product details

  • File Size: 2311 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1943075247
  • Publisher: Blank Slate Press; UK ed. edition (November 29, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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