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God's Hammer: A Viking Age Novel (Hakon's Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Mr. Schumacher stands ready to be a 'great' in a world full of mediocre authors." -Dads&Dragons
"Eric Schumacher has created the most evocative tale in his stunning novel -- God's Hammer." - Mary Anne Yarde, author of The Du Lac Chronicles
"Author Eric Schumacher put together a rousing story of warfare, religious strife and tested friendships." - Mercedes Rochelle, author of Heir to a Prophecy
"Eric Schumacher skillfully weaves fact and fiction together in a pulse-pounding saga of that keeps you turning the pages."- Preston Holtry, author of the Arrius Trilogy
"History, legend, and fiction blend together with an expert hand in 'God's Hammer', a gripping historical fiction novel by Eric Schumacher." - Thomas Quinn Miller, author of The Soulstone Prophecy Series
"...one of my favorite reads of the year. It has great historical immersion, an engaging plot, internal and external conflict on multiple levels, and complex characters." - David Wiley, author of multiple fantasy and sci-fi stories
"A Viking adventure with brains and heart." - David Ewalt, author of Of Dice and Men
"I was immediately drawn in and captivated by God's Hammer, such is the credit due to Eric for his skill in weaving the tale." - Poppy Coburn, book blogger
"A story of war, family, sacrifice, honor ... one that keeps your blood pumping and your fingers turning pages rapidly." - Michelle MacQueen, author of multiple fantasy, romance and YA novels
"...I was swept up in the action and enthralled by the descriptions of Hakon's struggle..." -- Robert H. Goss on Roundtable Reviews
"...The author has a strong background in the history of Dark Ages Europe..." -- Brad Eden of the Historical Novel Society
From the Publisher
It is the year AD 927 and Hakon, son of King Harald Fairhair, is being transported to a life as foster son to King Athelstan of Engla-lond. Hakon’s education is at the hands of a Christian priest, and Hakon is baptized into Christianity. Word reaches Hakon that his father has died and Hakon’s brother, Erik has killed two of his brothers in battle and has taken the throne. Hakon is persuaded to go back to Trondlaw to remove Erik from power and to restore peace to the land.
God's Hammer is a wonderful story of the struggles of Hakon Haraldsson to overcome the fears of his people and to become the first Christian King of what is now called Norway. At first I had difficulties reading the story, but after the first couple of chapters, I was swept up in the action and enthralled by the descriptions of Hakon’s struggle. Readers will not be disappointed in this book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00CEM625E
- Publisher : Legionary Books - A Next Chapter Imprint; 3rd edition (February 1, 2005)
- Publication date : February 1, 2005
- Language : English
- File size : 666 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 618 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,761 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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To think that a 14-15 year old is seeking to become a king and does it so well is amazing. He is not a perfect, which is a good thing, it allows us to relate to him. He struggles to learn and remember his homeland and its people. He shows wisdom beyond his years and mercy that displays his faith. Although the mercy he shows is not always in his best interest, he is man enough to admit it and face the consequences.
In addition, I appreciate the author explaining and detailing the differences between his fictional telling and historical records.
I understand that in the real world Erik survived the fight with his brother and was banished but to have two instances where this supposed upstart king allows is mortal enemies to survive just seemed implausible. The first instance in which he allowed an enemy to survive came back to haunt him and essentially undercut his authority and fellowship with his northern subjects. A normal person will learn from their mistakes and not repeat them, but here we have this repentant King commit this ludacris act twice, even after the first mistake causes irreparable damage to those he loves and in the end loses. I understand the author's thinking that he was trying to showcase the Christian theme of forgiveness, but for me it completely broke the story.
I will not be reading the second book in the series.
My great-grandparents immigrated to America from Norway, so I am familiar with Hakon's story. But Eric Schumacher allowed me to be IN Hakon's story. The author's writing is flawless, as is his attention to historical detail and the richness of the Norse culture. He submerses the reader directly into the midst of the characters and their daily lives. He brought Hakon to life, fleshed him out brilliantly and told his story like no other could have. I was besotted with this book. As soon as I realized that the sequel was going to be released soon, I immediately picked up "God's Hammer" and read it again. (I am not one to read a book a second time through.)
Highly recommend to literally everyone breathing.
Although this novel is inspired by real historical events, they were previously unknown by me. I had no idea what would happen, and as history doesn't have many happy endings, I was gripped right the way through. Plus I felt like I learned something too – a fascinating historical tale, that was rich in detail and brought Europe in the 900s to life. If only history at school could have been this interesting and exciting...I would have definitely not have failed that A-level.
Well done Eric Schumacher.
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'God's Hammer' follows Hakon Haraldsson, a royal Viking heir who is sent to England, away from the destruction that his brother Erik is weilding after inheriting their father's throne. The beginning part of the book had me hooked straight away as we witness the internal struggles within the young Northman as he is doctrined into the Christian faith. When the time comes for him to return to the North to oppose his brother and try to claim the kingdom for his own, the excitement and tension really ramps up.
I wasn't aware until I read the author's closing notes that Hakon actually existed, but come the end I was not at all surprised. I was quickly immersed into the scenery and struggles that arise, a true testament to the level of dedication in Eric Schumacher's research.
All-in-all, an absolutely brilliant read! Those who love historical fiction will fall for this book straight away. Those who don't, need to discover this book. I shall definitely be buying the next instalment very soon!
I enjoyed the book tremendously and I learned a great deal about our British/Viking history from reading novels like this. My only criticism is simply 'American' spellings. All in all it wasn't too apparent, but it did niggle me a little, particularly as the novel was about Britain in the dark ages. However, that said, I recommend it if you enjoy historical fiction.