Book review- Berserker by William Meikle
review by Rebecca Wilson
Berserker by William Meikle
A Viking vs Yeti novel
On their first Viking Tor and Skald must stand up and be counted, for their destinies await them high in the mountains, where the hairy beasts make their lair.
Blood, guts, big hairy beasties, fire, more blood, splattered brains, disembowelment, screaming, swordplay and did I mention the guts? And that's just the first 50 pages!
Available on amazon.com: Berserker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a suprisingly short novel (e-novel) but is action packed from the start. You don't even get chance to catch your breath once these raiding bands of vikings come across a strange new land in a storm before you meet what is best described by Miekle himself as a Yeti but these are Yeti's that are cruel and bloodthirsty and after the accidental murder of a female with young the Vikings incurr their beastial wrath and rage and fear fueld chaos ensues.
The adventure over all revolves around the characters of Tor and Skald, the first being a typical honourable and strong viking young man, the second being his wyrd seeing, beserk-fighting friend and their lives and fates become entwined in the gory mess created by the Yeti or Alma attacks as old legends come true and they must use all their strength and wisdom to survive a legend that does not have a happy ending.
I did feel the ending was a bit rushed and not dramatised enough but with the excitement of the rest of the novel with its short punchy chapters pushing you along with the characters struggle it doesn't make too much of a disappointment.
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