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The Half-Drowned King

by Linnea Hartsuyker

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The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker
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    Aug 2017, 448 pages

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The Half-Drowned King is an electrifying adventure that breathtakingly illuminates the Viking world and the birth of Scandinavia.

The Half-Drowned King is the start of Linnea Hartsuyker's epic trilogy following young Harold Fairhair's fight to unite the Norse under one king, a goal he can only achieve through war, statecraft, and subtlety.

It's the 9th century, and there are Norse settlements stretching along the rugged, fjord-dotted west coast of Norway – only there is no official Norway yet. So the Norse reign in fiefdoms scattered from Harald's home county of Vestfold, northward to Hordaland, Sogn, North and South Maer, Trondelag, and Halogaland – "lands separated by kings and valleys, lands that will never be reconciled to one another."

This is no royal paean. While Harald is the overarching catalyst, the tale is centered on Ragnvald Eysteinsson, a young man only slightly older than teenaged Harald. Ragnvald's father is dead and his mother is remarried to a lesser warrior, ...


*Archeologists have discovered runes from the areas inhabited by the Norse (clans originating from present day Denmark, Norway and Sweden) which suggest that viking can be used both as a noun to describe someone who leaves his homeland for adventure and for profit from raiding, and as a verb for the act of raiding itself (e.g. to go viking). It is often used as verb in the novel.

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