Raven’s Feast by Eric Schumacher
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
eBook & Paperback
Series: Hakon’s Saga, Book 2
Raven’s Feast is the sequel to God’s Hammer, the true story of Hakon Haraldsson and his quest to win and keep the High Seat of Viking Age Norway.
It is 935 A.D. and Hakon Haraldsson has just wrested the High Seat of the North from his ruthless brother, Erik Bloodaxe. Now, he must fight to keep it.
The land-hungry Danes are pressing from the south to test Hakon before he can solidify his rule. In the east, the Uplanders are making their own plans to seize the throne. It does not help that Hakon is committed to his dream of Christianizing his people – a dream his countrymen do not share and will fight to resist.
As his enemies move in and his realm begins to crumble, Hakon and his band of oath-sworn warriors must make a stand in Raven’s Feast, the riveting sequel to God’s Hammer.
“At its core, Raven’s Feast is more than a story about a young king holding firm to the power he has won in Viking Norway,” said Eric Schumacher, author of Raven’s Feast. “It is the story of a young man holding true to one’s self and convictions in the face of extreme challenges — something to which, I hope, many people can relate.”
Praise for God’s Hammer (Hakon’s Saga, Book 1)
“Eric Schumacher has created the most evocative tale in his stunning novel — God’s Hammer. This book completely drew me in. The research that has gone into God’s Hammer has to be commended, and it is incredibly rich in historical detail. It was as if I was looking through a window into the past as I read the pages of this remarkable story. Hakon’s portrayal is both realistic and believable. Schumacher has obviously researched the life of Hakon in great detail, and this certainly came through in the writing. Schumacher brought Hakon back to life. Well Done!” – Mary Yarde, the 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 Godwine Kingmaker and The Sons of Godwine
My Review: Okay, I am going to attempt to write this review without gushing overly much, or beating my Norwegian chest with pride. I can’t guarantee that I will be successful in either endeavor.
Back in May, I posted a Book Blast for an upcoming book, Raven’s Feast. Being Norwegian and having a working knowledge of Hakon Haraldsson, I knew that owning said book was going to be top priority. While I (impatiently) awaited Raven’s Feast, I got my hands on the first book in the series, God’s Hammer. (Which is excellent.) When the first book in a series is utterly brilliant, my concern is always that the second book will have a hard time measuring up to it’s predecessor. The day I received Raven’s Feast, after putting my Littles to bed, I began reading. When midnight came and went, I realized that it was most definitely as glorious as God’s Hammer. Once again, Eric Schumacher intertwines historical fact and accuracy with detailed fiction, bringing Hakon and his warriors to life for all to meet and love.
Hakon Haraldsson has won his throne. Now, will he keep it?
(Dear Mr. Schumacher…PLEASE write more. No, really. Please.)
Bottom Line: Hakon Haraldsson, meet world. World, meet Hakon Haraldsson.
Eric Schumacher was born in Los Angeles in 1968 and currently resides in Santa Barbara, CA with his wife, two children and dog. He is the author of two historical fiction novels, God’s Hammer and its sequel, Raven’s Feast. Both tell the story of the first Christian king of Viking Norway, Hakon Haraldsson, and his struggles to gain and hold the High Seat of his realm.
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Review at Must Read Faster (God’s Hammer)
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