Toste and Vagn Ivarsson are identical twins. They not only look alike but they are inseperatable. For thirty one years, except for a very short period of time when they were youths, these men have done everything together. There latest adventure is joining the Jomsvikings.
For a year, Toste and Vagn have been living and fighting with the Jomsvikings. Now, it looks like they will die with them. Each brother sees the other fall with what appears to be a fatal wound and each believes that they will be together in Valhalla.
Toste wakes to crows surrounding him. Alright, not exactly crows but nuns. They have taken him and Bolthor, the world's worst skald and brought them back to their abbey. With much work, they are able to save both of them. Toste though has taken an interest in Sister Esme, especially when she said her name and he thought she said eat me. He's having a hard time not doing just that. Just wait until he finds out that she hasn't taken her final vows!
Vagn wakes far from Toste. His rescuer wants him to married his daughter, Helga the Homely. Of course, it's thought Vagn is Toste who gave Helga that name when she was but seven years old. At twenty eight, Vagn views Helga as anything but Homely. However, neither want to marry but Vagn wouldn't mind taking Helga to his bed furs. Helga has a totally different idea. She's like to use Vagn to father a child but she doesn't want him. Vagn's not fathering a child unless he's around in its life. Can they find a compromise?
Each brother mourns the other, not realizing the other is still alive. Each also has woman problems. Will things come clear in the end?
This is another wonderful Viking tale by Sandra Hill. She's created a world where the Vikings are hard fighting but they are also hard lovers. Oh, and don't forget that they love jests.
All of the characters are awesome. Toste and Vagn are individuals even if they do look alike. They enjoy making jests but they have different ideas of how to deal with the women they are dealing with. Esme is stubborn and willful. She's also good at hiding from her father who is trying to either marry her off to some old grandfather or kill her! Helga has her own business, travels and doesn't have time to be married but she doesn't have the skills to entice a man. She asks for help but following the instructions she is given isn't easy.
This story is full of humor. There isn't a chapter that goes by that doesn't have some sort of jest, joke or really bad poem by Bolthor. This sets the feel for the entire book.
This book is part of a series but can be read alone. While several characters from previous books are in this one, it's not necessary to have had read their books prior to reading this one. Each of these books is a stand alone book though together they form one really good world with some fantastic characters.
I really enjoyed reading about this set of twins. They were funny and heart warming. Each wanted to bed the woman of their interest but they also had to make things right with them. As clueless Vikings, this not only too a while but they needed directions! Toste and Vagn may have started out as secondary characters but in The Tale of Two Vikings they proved they had what it takes to be the lead characters.
Has an eye for the ladies, loves a good fight. Splits his sides over rude jokes. Won't ask directions no matter how lost he is . . . even in a longship, for the love of Odin! Sound like anyone you know? Maybe every man you know?
Toste and Vagn Ivarsson are all that and more—a lot more. Identical Viking twins, they came squalling into this world together, rode their first horses at the age of seven, their first maids during their thirteenth summer, and rode off on longships as untried fourteen-year-old warriors. And now, having seen only thirty and one winters, they are about to face Valhalla together. Or maybe something even more tragic: being separated. For even the most virile Viking must eventually leave his best buddy behind and do battle with that most fearsome of all opponents—the love of his life.