Book review: Fin Gall by James L. Nelson
review by Becky
For centuries, the Vikings have swept out of the Norse countries and fallen on England, Ireland, whatever lands they could reach aboard their longships, and few could resist the power of their violent onslaught. They came at first to plunder, and then to settle, an encroachment fiercely resisted where ever they went. Such was the case in the southern lands of Ireland.
En route to the Viking longphort there, known as Dubh-Linn, Thorgrim Night Wolf and Ornolf the Restless stumble across an Irish ship that carries aboard it a single item - a crown. The Vikings eagerly snatch the prize, unaware of its significance to the people of Ireland and the power granted to the king who wears it.
Soon the Norsemen are plunged into the violence and intrigue of Medieval Ireland, where local kings fight with each other and with the invaders from the north for rule of the island nation. With enemies at every hand, and loyalties as fickle as the weather, Thorgrim must lead his men, the white invaders, the Fin Gall, in the fight of their lives, with both Irish and Dane eager to see them dead.
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This is an incredibly exciting, almost invigorating and refreshing historical adventure with a superb cast of Viking characters and in a part of the world not often fully explored - Ireland that then Vikings had as much impact on as they did in Ireland.
The storytelling is great and it feels almost like watching a brilliant historical drama in your mind as you read each chapter and see how different choices, events and characters intertwine together to create the plaited story arc.
Definitely recommend reading it, was a genuine pleasure and I am pleased to see 2 more books follow future Irish adventures of this Norwegian crew.
Want to adventure throught the lands of the Vikings? The height of the Vikings is an amazing period of time and there is a lot of great fiction that is based on historical facts from that period and place. Rebecca Wilson has written a guide to the genre and to some of the best works in the genre.
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