War King by Eric Schumacher
Publication Date: October 15, 2018
eBook; 279 Pages
Series: Hakon’s Saga, Book 3
Genre: Historical Fiction/Vikings
It is 954 A.D. and a tempest is brewing in the North. Twenty summers before, Hakon Haraldsson wrested Norway’s throne from his murderous brother, Erik Bloodaxe, but he failed to rid himself of Erik’s family. Now the sons of Erik have come to reclaim Erik’s realm and avenge the wrong done to their father and their kin.
They do not come alone. With them marches an army of sword-Danes sent by the Danish King, Harald Bluetooth, whose desire to expand his realm is as powerful as the lust for vengeance that pulses in the veins of Erik’s brood.
Like storm-driven waves, the opposing forces collide in War King, the action-packed sequel to God’s Hammer and Raven’s Feast.
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Praise for the Hakon’s Saga
“I was swept up in the action and enthralled by the descriptions of Hakon’s struggle.” -Roundtable Reviews
“I highly recommend this historical fiction novel, both for its entertaining story and historical information.” -Historical Fiction Review-
“A story of war, family, sacrifice, honor … one that keeps your blood pumping and your fingers turning pages rapidly. I can’t wait to dig into the next.” -Goodreads Review
My Review: Follow me on this blog or social media long enough, and you will learn something very quickly; I am obnoxiously proud of my viking heritage, and a raving fan of Eric Schumacher’s novels. (The best that other viking genre authors can hope for is 2nd place. I kid you not, y’all. There’s just no topping Eric’s work.)
Growing up Norwegian, I heard tales about Hakon Haraldsson, his Christian beliefs, his claiming of his throne by right. But it took God’s Hammer and Raven’s Feast to truly flesh Hakon out and bring him to life for me. As soon as I caught wind that War King was in the making and Hakon’s story would continue, I became a very impatient book blogger. And the book absolutely did not disappoint.
Once again, the plot is woven together seamlessly with historical truth to bring the characters, circumstances, sights and sounds clamoring to be heard and noticed as you move through the novel. Hakon was his wonderful familiar self, which is a credit to the author. Erik’s kin were brought to life with lethal clarity, catching me up in the suspense as the action progressed. I found myself holding my breath as happenings thickened or twisted, slowed down or took me by surprise. I finished the book far too quickly (as I knew I would!) but oh my GOSH, did I enjoy the ride.
Buy the book. Seriously. I’ll even consider you an honorary viking. You won’t be disappointed, jeg lover.
Dear Eric Schumacher:
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.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, October 15
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Tuesday, October 16
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Wednesday, October 17
Excerpt at Passages to the Past
Friday, October 19
Interview at Dianne Ascroft’s Blog
Monday, October 22
Guest Post at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, October 24
Excerpt at Tea Book Blanket
Thursday, October 25
Interview at Maiden of the Pages
Monday, October 29
Review at Hoover Book Reviews
Wednesday, October 31
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews
Friday, November 2
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog
Tuesday, November 6
Review at The Coffee Pot Book Club
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