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About Eric Schumacher
Eric Schumacher discovered his love for writing and medieval European history at a very early age, as well as authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Bernard Cornwell, Jack Whyte, and Wilbur Smith. Those discoveries fueled his imagination and continue to influence the stories he tells. His first novel, God's Hammer, was published in 2005.
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AD 968. It has been ten summers since the noble sons of the North, Olaf and Torgil, were driven from their homeland by the treachery of the Norse king, Harald Eriksson. Having then escaped the horrors of slavery in Estland, they now fight among the Rus in the company of Olaf’s uncle, Sigurd. It will be some of the bloodiest years in Rus history. The Grand Prince, Sviatoslav, is hungry for land, riches, and power, but his unending campaigns to expand his kingdom are leaving the corpses of thousands in their wake. From the siege of Konugard to the battlefields of ancient Bulgaria, Olaf and Torgil struggle to stay alive in Sigurd’s Swords, the riveting sequel to Forged by Iron.
Praise for Sigurd's Swords:
"With Sigurd’s Swords, Schumacher demonstrates that he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best of those writing historical fiction today." – Theodore Brun, historical fiction author
"a perfect blend of thrilling action and masterful story-telling. An absolute recommend!!" – Stacie Tyson, book blogger
"Let me introduce you to Historical Fiction author, Eric Schumacher (the next Bernard Cornwell). His Viking novel Sigurd’s Swords (Olaf’s Saga, Book 2) is a 5-star read." – The Shield Maiden Blog
"Eric has crafted a remarkable novel that was impossible to put down!" – Myth, Legend & Lore Podcast
"Sigurd’s Swords is a definite page-turner…one where the last page is just the beginning of the next chapter in Olaf’s Saga. 5 stars!" – Hoover Book Review
“fabulous from start to finish” – A Thousand Suns blog
"Be warned, once started there is no way on Earth that you are going to be able to put this book down. This book is a keeper, and a highly entertaining one at that." – Oh Look! Another Book
“Vivid and enthralling, Sigurd’s Sword masterfully brings to life a period shrouded in the mists of time." – Anna Belfrage, historical fiction and time travel author
"I look forward to reading the third book and highly recommend the series for readers who enjoy multi-layered Norse adventure and action epics." – Linnea Tanner, historical fiction author
"If you love historical fiction, especially when it is set in the world of the Vikings, then I think you will really enjoy this novel." – Zoe’s Arts and Crafts Blog
"I recommend anyone who enjoys adventures of Dark Age warriors and the Viking sagas read this." – Paula Lofting, historical fiction author
From the bestselling author of Hakon’s Saga comes the first in a series of stories about Olaf Tryggvason, one of the most legendary kings of the Viking Age.
Norway, AD 958. The Northern realm is once again at war. The exiled sons of Erik Bloodaxe have returned with the help of the Danes and have slain King Hakon. They now come for Hakon’s heir, Jarl Trygvi.
Trygvi’s wife, Astrid, and young son, Olaf, flee their home with the aid of their household warriors. Pursued by the Bloodaxe brood, the family escapes east, through the dark, forested land of the Swedes and across the treacherous East Sea. But the gods are fickle and the group is torn apart, leaving them to fend for themselves in Forged by Iron, a must-read for all who enjoy action-packed historical fiction.
“…a thrilling tale told by a great storyteller.” – Matthew Harffy, author of the Bernicia Chronicles
"…as exciting as anything I’ve read in the historical-fiction genre. This is indeed a well-crafted tale…and it is just the beginning.” – Paul Bennett, author of Clash of Empires
“Schumacher has presented his readers with a novel that is as impressive as it is mesmerising.” – Mary Anne Yarde, author of the Du Lac Chronicles
"Schumacher masterfully captures the essence of the characters while telling a riveting adventure…” – Linnea Tanner, author of the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series
"Like it's hero, this book is destined to be a runaway success." – Ian Sharpe, author of the VikingVerse series
"Schumacher presents the harrowing flight of young Olaf Tryggvason from the vengeful sons of Erik Bloodaxe in spectacular close-up detail…” – Joshua Gillingham, author of Gatewatch
"…fantastic from start to finish. Bone-crunching. Adrenaline-inducing. Swash-buckling…” – David Fitz-Gerald, author of Wanders Far—An Unlikely Hero’s Journey
“This absorbing coming of age Viking saga is one that you will remember long after you close the book.” – Gwendalyn Book Blog
“…recommended to fans of historical thrillers, expertly-crafted characters, and people who, like me, are missing The Last Kingdom since it left the BBC!” – Jennifer Wilson, author of the Kindred Spirit series
Hakon Haraldsson returns in this fast-paced historical adventure set in Viking Age Norway.
It is 935 A.D. and Hakon Haraldsson has just wrested the High Seat of the North from his ruthless brother, Erik Bloodaxe. Now, he must fight to keep it.
The land-hungry Danes are pressing from the south to test Hakon before he can solidify his rule. In the east, the Uplanders are making their own plans to seize the throne. It does not help that Hakon is committed to his dream of Christianizing his people - a dream his countrymen do not share and will fight to resist.
As his enemies move in and his realm begins to crumble, Hakon and his band of oath-sworn warriors must make a stand in Raven’s Feast, the riveting sequel to God’s Hammer.
...250 plus pages of sitting on the edge of your seat... -Dads & Dragons-
…an exciting read about a very young king attempting to hold on to a kingdom cracking wide open. - Historical Novel Society-
An entertaining story of a man facing an increasingly impossible situation… -Historical Fiction Review-
Hakon Haraldsson took their father’s throne. Now the sons of Erik Bloodaxe have come to get it back.
It is 954 A.D. and a tempest is brewing in the North.
Twenty summers before, Hakon Haraldsson wrested Norway’s throne from his murderous brother, Erik Bloodaxe, but he failed to rid himself of Erik’s family. Now the sons of Erik have come to reclaim Erik’s realm and avenge the wrong done to their father and their kin.
They do not come alone. With them marches an army of sword-Danes sent by the Danish King, Harald Bluetooth, whose desire to expand his realm is as powerful as the lust for vengeance that pulses in the veins of Erik’s brood.
Like storm-driven waves, the opposing forces collide in War King, the action-packed sequel to God’s Hammer and Raven’s Feast.
...a masterpiece of well-executed historical fiction. -Mary Anne Yarde, bestselling author, The Du Lac Chronicles-
Highly recommended for those seeking Viking adventure. -Historical Novel Society-
This is a tale full of irony, as well as the full force of life in a brutal, and oft confusing time. -Historical Fiction Reviews-
History and legend combine in the gripping tale of Hakon Haraldsson, a Christian boy who once fought for the High Seat of a Viking realm.
It is 935 A.D. and the North is in turmoil. King Harald Fairhair has died, leaving the High Seat of the realm to his murderous son, Erik Bloodaxe. To solidify his claim, Erik ruthlessly disposes of all claimants to his throne, save one: his youngest brother Hakon.
Erik's surviving enemies send a ship to Wessex, where the Christian King Athelstan is raising Hakon. Unable to avoid his fate, he returns to the Viking North to face his brother and claim his birthright, only to discover that victory will demand sacrifices beyond his wildest nightmares.
Mr. Schumacher stands ready to be a ‘Great’ in a world full of mediocre authors. -Dads&Dragons-
I was swept up in the action and enthralled by the descriptions of Hakon’s struggle.-Roundtable Reviews-
I highly recommend this historical fiction novel, both for its entertaining story and historical information. -Historical Fiction Review-
King Harald Fairhair is dying. Who will rule in his stead?
Viking Age Norway’s greatest king, Harald Fairhair, has unified the northern districts into a kingdom, but as he ages and weakens, so does his realm.
To keep the kingdom from fracturing, Harald abdicates his High Seat to the one son he believes capable and vicious enough: Erik Bloodaxe. But there is one problem: the other sons hate their brother, and will not accept his kingship.
This leads to an unavoidable confrontation on a rain-soaked hill known as Mollebakken; a hill that will decide who will rule, and who will die.
★★★★★ - "After having read the three excellent novels in the Hakon Saga, I was excited to find out that there was a novella telling the story before the story and from Erik's perspective. Schumacher's writing in this novella is tight and his pacing excellent. I read from start to finish without putting it down and was thoroughly engaged throughout the entire story."
★★★★★ - "A truly thoughtful depiction of Viking Age Scandinavia. Erik’s wife plays a surprisingly large part, her foresight treated as a normal skill rather than something otherworldly. Their children may be mentioned more than seen, but the context gives both backstory and depth to the tale, making this a true Historical rather than a slash ‘n’ gore story. Highly recommended as a standalone, or as entry to the series."