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Sigurd's Swords: A Viking Age Novel (Olaf's Saga Book 2) Kindle Edition
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
- ASIN : B092TT5W6X
- Publisher : Bodn Books; 1st edition (June 28, 2021)
- Publication date : June 28, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2293 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B097XFT2QW
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #51,799 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The second book, Sigurd's Swords, starts ten years later when Prince Sviatoslav is expanding the Rus Empire in bloody warfare. The story jumps into a brutal siege at Konugard, which Signurd's army is defending against the treacherous Pechenegs. A small fleet of Rus ships has come to their aid, but someone has to slip through the enemy line to get a message to the Rus general aboard the vessel on where to attack. Without hesitation, Olaf and Torgil both volunteer as messengers and succeed in their mission. Ultimately hailed as heroes, they are but game pieces in the political machinations of royals and generals willing to sacrifice them to achieve their ambitions. The three companions wrestle with their internal turmoil as they strive to find their places in life. Their perseverance and loyalty to each other are tested in open battlefields, siege warfare, and royal courts. Universal themes of unconditional love, corruption of power, and betrayal resonated with me after reading the book.
Author Eric Schumacher has again skillfully portrayed the essence of the Norse characters in a riveting epic adventure with battles, political intrigue, and unrequited love. The brash and charismatic Olaf embraces his destiny to become a king while Torgil struggles to find his place as an honorable and courageous warrior. After enduring sexual assault as a slave, Turid strives to control her life by being a warrior but must overcome her fear of intimacy with a man she loves. One of the more heartfelt subplots is how Torgil supports Turid's desire to be a warrior after she has rejected his marriage proposal.
Sigurd's Sword is a tale about friendship and the bond between warriors fighting alongside each other. Themes explored in this epic tale include the illusion of power, unconditional love, and honor. The author vividly describes the Viking culture and the harsh conditions that warriors must endure in battle and siege warfare. Like the first book, poignant moments of compassion are juxtaposed with harsh realities of bloody conflict and betrayal. Extra bonuses in the book include regional maps and a glossary of Viking terms used in the narrative.
Sigurd's Swords continues the riveting epic of the legendary King Olaf and his closest companions. It is a character-driven Viking adventure of three young warriors searching for their destinies in the brutal world of warfare, political intrigue, and betrayal. I look forward to reading the third book and highly recommend the series for readers who enjoy multi-layered Norse adventure and action epics.