The War King by Eric Schumacher

Set in 10th century Norway, this is the third book in the saga of Hakon the Good. I haven’t read the first two, but I had no difficulty reading this one and understanding what went before. Hakon took the kingdom into his own hands after the death of the previous ruler and exiled his sons instead of killing them as he was urged to do. (Maybe that was why he was called The Good). There was a price to be paid for such clemency. Battle scenes dominate as Hakon fights to maintain his position against the dispossessed sons supported by the Danes. Descriptions of wounds inflicted by various weapons in various ways are not for the faint-hearted.

Hakon is a Christian with his own priest and has to walk a careful path between his own beliefs and those of his pagan followers. Juxtaposed against gory battle scenes is a later-life love affair that blooms between him and Deidre, the daughter of one of his chiefs.

The book doesn’t spare us the violence of those days but I would have liked to see a little more detail about Viking ‘life’. However, I am sure it will appeal to those interested in Norse sagas and war in general.

I wrote this review for Discovering Diamonds.

In a Gilded Cage

I am thrilled to announce that In a Gilded Cage has received a Premier Readers’ Award from Pauline Barclay of Chill with a Book.

And as if that’s not exciting enough Elle, my wonderful cover designer has won Cover of the Month from Chill. You can find her here:


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