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Forged By Iron (Olaf's Saga Book 1) Hardcover – July 28, 2021
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- Publisher : Blurb (July 28, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1715618114
- ISBN-13 : 978-1715618117
- Item Weight : 15 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.69 x 7.99 inches
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- #254,928 in Action & Adventure Fiction (Books)
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Author Eric Schumacher masterfully captures the essence of the characters while telling a riveting adventure and coming of age story of two boys who must face almost insurmountable challenges. Torgil is an engaging character. Although he is sometimes jealous of Olaf, Torgil nonetheless does his duty to protect the young prince even though they sometimes clash. What makes this tale rise above others in this genre is the author’s ability to vividly capture the Viking culture and the harsh landscapes they must traverse. The story is rich with vivid, unique descriptions as seen through the eyes of a boy. One of the aspects I liked most is Torgil's confused feelings about the queen's handmaiden, Turid, in a budding relationship in which they reach out to each other at difficult times. The poignant moments are juxtaposed with the harsh realities that they face as they are chased by enemies bent on their destruction. Extra bonuses in the book include regional maps and a glossary of Viking terms which are used in the narrative.
Forged by Iron immerses you in the legendary tale of King Olaf as told by his protector's point of view. I highly recommend this character-driven Viking adventure for those who are swept up in the Nordic culture, landscape, and clashes. I look forward to continuing this saga when the next book comes out in this series.
What I also enjoyed was the historical 'flavor' of the story which was based on some of the ancient sagas. I won't get into the details of that but the author graciously provides some footnotes of sorts at the end of the book explaining his historical inspirations for the story. I'm giving it five stars because it was an easy read and I ripped through it in about three nights and never felt like the story was dragging. Looking forward to the next book in the series!