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From the authors of the best selling series ‘Viking Ventures’ comes the epic story of Harald Fairhair.
The boy who inherited a war and built a kingdom.
When King Halvdan the Black dies in 860, he is succeeded by his ten-year-old son, Harald. Immediately, rival kings and jarls unite to take advantage of the weakened state of the new king’s realm, and Harald’s army of 300 men is outnumbered three to one. The boy-king must step out from his father’s shadow and earn the respect of his men.
After years of battle, Harald falls in love with Gyda, the daughter of King Eirik of Horthaland. The maiden rejects him and declares she will not give herself to any man unless he is the king of all of Norway. Harald accepts her challenge and vows that he will not cut or comb his hair until he has conquered and united Norway under his rule.
At the great naval battle at Hafrsfjord, Harald faces an alliance of rival kings - rallied by Gyda’s father.
Fairhair is the story of the boy who set out to be the first king of Norway.
In Fairhair you will meet characters known from the Viking Ventures trilogy ('Viking*, 'Outlaw' & 'Free'), such as Ulv, Bjarn, Ragnvald, Julia and Geir Galne. In addition, a whole new cast of both real historical people and fictional characters will make their marks on this thrilling story.
Fairhair is fast-paced Viking fiction in the spirit of the Viking Blood and Blade saga by Peter Gibbons, The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell, The Norsemen Saga by James L. Nelson, and Odin's Game by Tim Hodkinson.
It is the age of conquest and unparalleled adventure. It is the age of Vikings.
The year is 841, and Northumbrians have no idea what is coming for them. A storm brews to the northeast, one filled with the feared dragon ships bearing an army of Viking raiders to their shores.
Among those watching with dread is young Marcus. Old enough to fight, he lacks experience and will soon discover true fear as the clash of blades rings throughout his village.
On an approaching longship sits young Ulv. This is his first raid, and fright threatens to cripple him long before they ground ashore. He is not a Viking, not a warrior, not a fighter. Despised by most of Sigurd Jarl’s hird, he must prove his worth as a raider. Risking his life and honour, he faces a battle with enemies on both sides.
Fate forces the boys together, twisting their ideologies and turning foes into friends as they struggle to find a way to survive the frenzy.
Follow Ulv, Marcus, and a misfit band of Vikings as they fight battles, occupy Dublin and besiege monasteries, and meet historical figures like Ragnar Lothbrok and Charles the Bald. In this fast-paced first book of the Viking Ventures, witness the raw spirit of indomitable will and the breathtaking action of the Viking age.
‘Viking’ is a thrilling tale filled with rich historical detail, compelling characters and non-stop action. This book has received rave reviews from readers, with many praising its well-written storyline, rich historical detail, and compelling characters. Some reviewers have even gone so far as to call it a "literary tour de force" with "non-stop action."
Don't miss out on this exciting, immersive adventure through the greatest times in Viking history.
If you’re one of the estimated billion people who have trouble falling or staying asleep almost every night, you’re not alone. The sheer volume of books and podcasts about sleep and insomnia proves just how widespread this issue is. But with so much advice out there, it's hard to know where to start or what to believe.
Written by psychiatrist and metacognitive therapist Tony Bakkejord, the 3 Simple Steps to Better Sleep takes a different approach to sleep advice.
Rather than overwhelming readers with lengthy explanations or confusing medical terms, Bakkejord aims to be clear and concise. By distilling the latest medical research into three simple principles, he provides a framework for improving sleep that’s easy to understand and implement – leaving you with a set of behaviours that will help improve your sleep in the weeks and months to come.
Young Haakon thrives in the Anglo-Saxon court, and impresses lords and peers alike with his talent for statesmanship, military management and political strategy.
But when reports come from Norway proclaiming the death of King Harald Fairhair, Haakon must decide whether to serve Aethelstan in England or challenge his brother – the infamous Eirik Bloodaxe - for the Norwegian throne.
His choice forces Haakon to prove his worth as a man and a leader in the unforgiving North, far from the comforts of King Aethelstan's court.
The first Christian king in a land of heathen warriors faces a life of conflict and battle.
Haakon the Good is fast-paced Viking fiction in the spirit of the Viking Blood and Blade saga by Peter Gibbons, The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell, The Norsemen Saga by James L. Nelson, Odin's Game by Tim Hodkinson, and God of Vengeance by Giles Christian.
Favourite son and heir to the powerful Norwegian king Harald Fairhair, Eirik was destined for greatness from the moment he was born.
But his journey to becoming the second king of Norway was not an easy one. His first taste of battle comes at eleven when his father gives him three longships. Eirik spends the next nine years as a Viking, raiding in the east, west and north.
Spurred on by his cunning wife Gunnhild, Eirik grows ever more ambitious and stops at nothing to achieve his goal of ruling all of Norway. His methods are brutal and bloody, and he gains a reputation as one of the most fearsome warriors in all of Scandinavia - earning him the nickname Bloodaxe.
As Eirik’s power grows, so too does his list of enemies. Among them are vindictive berserks, wealthy jarls, and a dozen of his half-brothers conspiring to seize the throne. His conquests even lead him to Northumbria, where he clashes with the mighty King Athelstan of England.
Through it all, Eirik remains fiercely determined to succeed, and his iron will and unshakable courage make him a force to be reckoned with.
Åsli and Bakkejord deftly weave together history, action, and drama to create a fascinating portrait of Eirik Bloodaxe. Their vivid descriptions of Viking life and battle scenes are sure to transport readers back in time to this fascinating era. At its heart, this is a story about a man who was both a hero and a villain; a man driven by ambitions and desires, who left a lasting impact on Norway and England alike.
Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or just looking for a thrilling read, Bloodaxe is not to be missed.
How far would you go to become a Viking war chief?
Geir is a lonely and hopeless Viking boy. His mother has passed away, and his father shows him no affection, while his brother hates him. He dreams of becoming a Vargtooth warrior, part of the elite Viking warriors led by his father. When a raid from a rival clan threatens to destroy the village and its people, Geir is thrust into a life-or-death battle to defend what little he has left. After the battle Geir realises that the real threat is much closer to home. Can Geir control his burning rage and win the title of his dreams?
‘Rage of the Berserk’ is a new instalment in the ‘Vikings of Norway’ series of Viking historical fiction. If you like fast-paced action, epic fight scenes, and realistic characters in a brutal world, then you’ll love the latest story in Åsli and Bakkjord’s page turning series.
Join Geir on his epic journey and discover the true meaning of courage and sacrifice in 'Rage of the Berserk: Becoming Geir Galne'. Get your copy now!
This is the complete Viking Ventures trilogy including 'Viking', 'Outlaw' and 'Free'.
History is about to change – in the hands of the unlikeliest of culprits.
In 841, Viking ships descend on a village in Northumbria.
On board is a terrified Ulv, the youngest of the crew. He is not a Viking, not a warrior, not a fighter. Despised by most of Sigurd Jarl’s hird, he must prove his worth as a raider. Risking his life and honour, he faces a battle with enemies on both sides.
Standing on the pier, Marcus watches in horror as the Viking ships appear. This time, he is old enough to fight, side by side with the other men, against the scourge of the North. At least, he hopes he can delay the heathens enough for his sister, Julia, to escape.
In a twist of fate, both teenage boys end up hiding in a cellar. From there, their destinies are intertwined as friends and enemies, thrall and master, and brothers in arms.
Follow Ulv, Marcus, Julia and the whole band of Viking misfits as they change the course of history. In the epic story of ‘Viking Ventures’, you meet historical figures like Ragnar Lothbrok and Charles the Bald. Witness the occupation of Dublin and the siege of Paris. Visit Hedeby and Rouen, and take part in battles, sieges and duels.
The Viking Ventures trilogy is fast-paced Viking fiction in the spirit of the Viking Blood and Blade saga by Peter Gibbons, The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell, The Norsemen Saga by James L. Nelson, Odin's Game by Tim Hodkinson, and God of Vengeance by Giles Christian.
Pick up your copy of Viking Ventures and start your journey today!
Julia stood barefoot in the mud in front of the doors of the great hall in Dubh Linn. Through the thin veil that covered her face, she could see Princess Ailbi shivering in the cold spring air. It would soon be warm enough.
The doors opened slowly inwards by somebody not visible from the outside. Torches fluttered in the gloom inside, and between light and shadows there were figures. Unmoving, waiting. Like a gathering of cats waiting for a sparrow. Ailbi took a hesitant step, then another. She straightened her back and strode into the main hall. As terrified and proud as only a princess can be.
Julia followed her. To the left, her Irish companion pulled a foot up from the mud with a squelch. Soon, there were similar noises behind her as ten bridesmaids took their first steps towards the door to Torgils’s great hall.
Inside, Julia felt the warmth from the fireplace and the torches. And the cold from the men waiting for them. The enemy. Fear and anticipation sent a shiver through her body. The sudden movement drew many eyes to her. From behind her veil, Julia studied their faces. Closest to her, farthest from the throne, stood half a dozen tall men with broad shoulders, mighty fists, and golden rings and bracelets. They were veteran warriors, probably of Torgils’s hird.
The bridesmaids were surrounded. They were bait. The trap was set.
'Free' is the third book in the trilogy 'Viking Ventures'. Follow Ulv, Marcus, Julia and the whole band of Viking misfits as they change the course of history. In the epic story of 'Viking Ventures', you will meet real historical figures like Ragnar Lothbrok and Charles the Bald. You will bear witness to the occupation of Dublin and the siege of Paris. You will visit Hedeby and Rouen, and take part in battles, sieges and duels.
The fight for Ireland intensifies, and the stakes are higher than ever.The Viking armies that plundered Ireland sit safely in their winter camps. Already controlling Dublin, the Northmen are planning to expand their reach and increase their riches.
Ulv is alone in the wilderness, outlawed by his own, and condemned to a life behind enemy lines. Cold and afraid, he must fight for shelter, warmth and food. Only by handing Marcus over to the Jarl can he regain his freedom and honour.
But first, he has to still his thirst for revenge.
Marcus has been given another chance and has no desire to be anyone's slave. The heathens stand between himself and Julia, and he makes the Irish struggle his own. Soon, any companionship he felt with the Vikings is gone, and he prepares to face them in battle. This time he will be ready.
Across the sea, Julia tries to make a living for herself. The world is a dangerous place for a young woman, and she soon discovers that mistakes seldom go unpunished.
Follow Ulv, Marcus, Julia and the whole band of Viking misfits as they change the course of history.
In the epic viking saga of ‘Viking Ventures’, you meet real historical figures like Ragnar Lothbrok and Charles the Bald. Witness the foundation of Dublin and the siege of Paris. Visit Hedeby and Rouen, and take part in battles, sieges and duels.
The Viking Ventures trilogy is fast-paced Viking fiction in the spirit of The Northmen Saga by James L. Nelson, Odin's Game by Tim Hodkinson, God of Vengeance by Giles Christian and The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell. You're in for a thrill!