Everyone knows a little about the Vikings, but television shows and movies tend to muddy the water, so to speak. It is nice to read a clear but not endless or monotonous chronology of the Viking era. I like that author explained different versions of specific events that have been passed down. Being primarily of northern European heritage, it is hard to visualize what my ancestors must have gone through just to survive. It was interesting, also, to read how the Vikings were eventually assimilated into the local cultures and became more civilized.
I liked the book, and thought it was well written. It helped me put together pieces of history that previously seemed disconnected. I would read other books by this author.