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Son of Anger


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Norse warriors, gods and all things epic. This tale of vengeance is nothing short of exciting.

I am utterly thrilled to have read this. It did not fall below my expectations. I have to admit, I was drawn in by this book initially because of the epic title and awesome illustrated cover, but what prompted me to read it was my love of that classic Nordic settings. As you can see for yourself, the synopsis also screams excitement and the book itself certainly delivers.

This novel is jam-packed with everything you could possibly crave from a book surrounding Norse legends and mythology: Epic ancestry; a story of relentless vengeance and adventure; potential dangers at every corner; violence; potent gods and warriors; and a classic quest to successfully drive the plot onwards in a bid to restore familial honour.

I cannot fault this book much other than the layout of the text irked me slightly (sometimes in the centre, sometimes closer to the left... maybe I am just being picky, but I do value consistency in presentation!). I also found it crucial that the dialogue was appropriate to each individual character and I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions. The prose is thick with imagery and the underlying repetition of revenge throughout the narrative really excites the reader, imploring them to continue turning the pages.

There is also, rather helpfully, a glossary of terms at the foot of the book in case the reader gets so caught up in the plethora of Norse terminology, names and places that they have to check that they know exactly what is happening to whom or where it is happening, including a list of the relevant gods with their attributes and skills. In a nutshell, I could not put it down and you probably won't be able to either if vengeful quests in epic settings are your thing! I would love to see more from this author.

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In my final year of study as a Classics student, I am a publishing hopeful with books on my mind and if a story really grips me, I am a very fast reader! I spend most of my time studying the world of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, which I talk about on my blog ItzaNif.
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About the author

I was born in South Africa, but raised in England. An English tutor working and living in Russia, I have been a fanatic reader of historical fiction for most of my life. When I am not teaching or writing, I can be found reading, watching rugby or working on DIY projects. view profile

Published on December 10, 2020

100000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Historical Fiction

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