In the old days, when the Viking warriors ruled the waters of Scandinavia, battles were fought and cities were plundered. For many, not much is known about why the Vikings fought each other in addition to plundering and raiding villages in nearby coasts, but one possibility exists: Religion. The Vikings worshiped the old gods – Thor, Freya and Loki – and these ways were viewed with scorn when the teachings of Jesus Christ started to take a foothold in these areas of the world and change the beliefs of many. In this story, that person who is changed by Christianity is King Olav, who is so devout in his transition to this new religion that he wages war on all other Vikings who follow the old ways. Meanwhile, a witch who has entranced an army wages her own battle for the gods, and her powers are quite a match for even the most fiercest of Viking warriors.
Swords of Good Men by Snorri Kristjansson is a story of a fight between good and evil, of right and wrong. This Viking story brings to life an ancient chapter of history during a time when Christianity was beginning to grow into a stronger religion throughout the world. The characters in this story are so realistic and captivating. The sometimes graphic battle scenes truly captured the fighting spirit of the Viking warriors and the story is told in a way that readers can keep up with everything going on at all fronts. This was a very interesting and exciting story that was hard for me to put down. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to anyone who likes to read a good Viking story.
In Swords of Good Men, Snorri Kristjansson’s debut novel, incorporates the myths that fascinated him as a child with his passion for epic fantasy. Ulfar Thormodsson has spent two years travelling as envoy and bodyguard to his high-born cousin. They have one last stop – the walled port town of Stenvik – before they can finally go home.
Thormodsson meets the beautiful and tragic Lilja, who immediately captures his heart. Stenvik is also home to solitary blacksmith Audun Arngrimsson, whose past hides many dark secrets. Soon, the conflict brewing between two factions of dangerous and determined men of the town threatens to sweep all of them, natives and visitors alike, into the jaws of war.
The factions within Stenvik are about to come to blows, but a far bigger battle is approaching: a young King Olav is bringing the White Christ at point of sword and edge of blade. And on the horizon are the sails of another, more mysterious enemy. Thormodsson and his companions will soon learn that in this conflict between the Old Gods and the new, there are enemies everywhere—outside the walls of Stenvik as well as within.