SPOILERS Always loving the next book in James Nelson s Viking series This one is a bit different than the first three in the series because it isn t a stand alone book you ll need to pick up the fifth book in the series to know how this adventure turns out I really enjoyed this one and am excited to start the next one and see how things shape up for Thorgrim Nightwolf and our newest character introduced in this book Louis de Roumis.In all the books, Throgrim is weary and growing older and ready to stop with raids and get back to Norway and his farm In this one, he is equally ready to be done with the raids, it seems to be changing in his views of heading home He is now Lord of Vik lo and seems content with staying in Ireland and ruling over Vik lo, that is if he can make it back in time to still keep it.In this book, Throgrim regretfully joins up with Keven mac Breandan to raid Glendalough during a faire, but is not up for the task once he learns he s teamed up with another Viking, Ottar, who is a brutal and unjust killer Everything about this raid seems to be going wrong and even though Throgrim sees this, he still does not shy away, leading to and dismay for him and his men..Hopefully, in the next book Throgrim can turn everything around, but at the end of this one, he is looking like a pretty foolish leader. Spring Has Come To Ireland, Where Thorgrim Night Wolf, New Made Lord Of V K L , And The Three Hundred Viking Warriors Under His Command Have Suffered Through A Brutal Winter Despite Having Accomplished Much During The Months Of Cold And Rain, The Patience Of The Men Has Worn Thin And Anger And Frustration Threaten To Tear The Ships Crews Apart But Just As The Men Are Turning On One Another, A Local Irish Lord Arrives With A Proposal, A Plan For Irish And Norse To Join Together In A Raid Using Ireland S Rivers To Float Their Longships Far Inland The Plan, However, Soon Turns Into A Nightmare Of Massacre And Betrayal, And Thorgrim And His Band Must Fight Both The Skilled Commander Of The Local Forces As Well As Enemies In Their Own Camp It S A Fight In Which Victory Or Defeat Will Mean The Difference Between Riches Or Death The Saga Continues But I don t think this book 4 Is quite as good as the others It has the plot twists and action all right, but our hero, Thorgrim Nightwolf, seems to have made too many bad decisions compared to his obvious leadership ability The raid on Glendalough depends on cooperation with a mixed force, and Thorgrim has many indications that s not happening yet fails to cut his losses I was also unimpressed with the subplot featuring the Frankish nobleman Louis He was sent to Ireland without warning Why can he speak Gaelic Don t all the clergy know Latin in this period Shouldn t a nobleman have learned it too Gaelic is in a different language group from Old French and Latin, so it isn t probable he would develop a facility with it quickly Finally, the ending seemed contrived Why didn t Kjartan s brother burn Thorgrim s ship once he realized it couldn t be promptly refloated Far too many questions to occur to a reader of this kind of fast moving tale So only 4 stars, but still good entertainment Once a year, a fair is held at the Glendalough Abbey in the town of the same name Merchants from far and wide come to the fair in hopes of selling their wares Thorgrim, the Lord of Vik Lo, is approached by a minor Irish lord with the proposition of combining forces to attack Glendalough and plunder the riches of the abby as well as of the merchants attending the fair While the prospect of rich plunder is appealing, Thorgrim is wary of making an alliance with the Irish lord, who controls an army of about 100 men In the end, however, Thorgrim and his lieutenants agree to make the raid in conjunction with the Irish.Thus begins the fourth novel in James Nelson s Norsemen saga The tale is a story of adventure, battle, treachery This is an exciting novel to read and it leaves the reader anxious to get into the next book of the saga to see how events unfold for Thorgrim and men. I have been reading and enjoying this series for several months now This is well researched, well written, better than average historical fiction Action, adventure, romance and a sugar coated history lesson Just what I like This 4th novel in the series also introduces a new, well developed, likeable protagonist, a Frankish prince in exile What this volume does not do is give us a complete story When I finished volume three, I wanted to read the sequel When I finished this volume four, I needed to read volume five to find out what happened Five stars for the writing, the history and the story telling Three stars for an incomplete, cliff hanger ending. The last open endeThe last in the series and very good as the rest , especially for those who wonder avout the history of Ireland but do not have the patience to read dry history The catch it does not really end the saga. Great story, I couldn t put it down Great piece of historical fiction The characters were really well developed and interesting both good and bad I can t wait to start the next book. Another entertaining read in the Norsemen Saga Series.This writer keeps you turning pages Very interesting time period I enjoy the cast of characters Very believable stories Enjoy Unexpected continuation of what I had thought was a trilogyAn interesting continuation of the Thornton story A good read along the lines of the previous three books Will look for the continuation Cliffhanger after cliffhanger Action action action Battles, betrayals, twists and turns Running, fighting and running and fighting, victory and defeat snatched away and returned all the way to the end This is a non stop ride.
James L Nelson 1962 is an American historical nautical novelist He was born in Lewiston, Maine In 1980, Nelson graduated from Lewiston High School Nelson attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for two years, and then transferred to UCLA, with the ambition of becoming a film director Nelson, his wife, Lisa, and their daughter Betsy lived for two years in Steubenville, Ohio, while
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