Though it's about a violent culture that lived over a thousand years ago, the story has universal appeal as it deals with what it means to be a person..Show More » and the yearning for freedom and family. The story is very well written in simple prose with compelling characters. Though it's largely a tale about men, the women's stories also have depth and are treated with respect.
It is often the case in a series of books that the books in the middle can't stand on their own - they feel like a bridge. That is the case with Drag..Show More »ons From The Sea. The character of Halfdan doesn't undergo any major further development. However, such is the case with periods in life, too. However, his story does continue to unfold and does so in a way that keeps the reader/listener engaged. I look forward to continuing along Halfdan's journey in the next two novels in this series.
Narrator Jeff Hays is consistent in his delivery, keep the the flow of the story steady. I appreciate the manner in which he gives voice to Halfdan as Halfdan tells us his story - as though Halfdan was telling his story to an intimate group. The narration is a good fit for the novel. Some female voices could be better, but they don't distract or detract from the work.
Roberts nails it. Best book in the series. He has mastered this narrative and fully developed his characters. It's not enough to create an interesting..Show More » protagonist. An author must write interesting companions that are multidimensional. Roberts has done this in this episode.