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5.0 out of 5 starsCame to support the genre, stayed for the actual story
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2019
I bought this book because I noticed it on Instagram and wanted to be supportive of anyone writing in this genre. I am a practicing Norse pagan myself. Anyway, the book is - bonus - actually good. Not only does it delve into sober and thought provoking aspects of the Norse religion itself, but it becomes a well researched history AND Sci-fi epic by the end. I will definitely watch out for the next book.
2.0 out of 5 starsInteresting subject , Bad execution
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2020
I bought this as most others did thinking it was going to be a step back in time to ponder the wrongs that were done and to fix them within an entertaining narrative. It tries to do that but fails in all of its technical aspects, which is sad because the subject material is an amazing opportunity to do so well. The things it got wrong are as follows: 1. The editing is atrocious, theres multiple errors in words and context. 2. Waaaay too much inference. the audience is supposed to guess what just happened or what the characters are referring to in the past that the book never mentions. 3. The story is not cohesive or blending, its like a fever dream of what you thought was going to be the plot. 4. Sometimes the characters change, i believe the author forgot he described his own characters throughout the book, he changes multiple physical and personality traits of them from the beginning to the end.
All said , i cant recommend it. IF you're dead set on reading it , get a used copy for cheap.
5.0 out of 5 starsHoward Stern Show's "Val the Poet"/"Crazy Val"
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2019
Blow your Viking mind with The All Father Paradox! Grab author Ian Sharpe's hand and into his pagan time machine - to an Earth where Christianity never happened. Run off with him through these Asatru centuries, each as detailed and authentic as a Saxon garnet enamel ring. Escape Christianity in Sharpe's time machine to discover a Viking universe - a Vikingverse - where the Norse gods speak to you and welcome you to history rewritten by Odin, the All Father himself, in exquisite imagined detail.
4.0 out of 5 starsWhat if 1066 was not the end of the Viking Age?
Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2019
In this entertaining book, Mr Vikingverse takes us on a journey through an alternate timeline, one in which the Vikings rule supreme over the world in our present time. Each story follows a particular character for a part of their life before (abruptly) jumping in time to the next. All of the stories are entertaining in their own right, but my personal favorite was the story of Idunn. I liked the sci-fi explanations for Idunn's Apples, Yggdrasil, and even the birth of Odin himself. Most of all, I liked the idea of Ragnarok being a rebirth, and a time for new beginnings.
5.0 out of 5 starsWould the world be better off with more vikings?
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2018
If you're a fan of vikings, and who isn't really, then you're in the right place. You can tell how much the author is in love with the stories, history and mythos of the vikings as his passion for the topic pours out with the use of his rich and lavish lexicon to enthrall you in the complex alternate world he wants you to experience. I was thoroughly entertained watching the the old world we all know melt away and be replaced by the fantasy of the Norse gods.
Let Ian Stuart Sharpe take you on a world building journey through alternate viking history, you won't be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt’s the end of the world as we know...
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2018
It’s the end of the world as we know it, sang REM. And hel (with one l, because this is the Norse we are talking about), I feel fine. Because this book is all about fate. Facing your doom head on and laughing. Some things are just meant to be - this book is one of them. I read about great Viking battles, ancient myths and legend, heroic deaths and found it all staggering (if you’ve read the book, you’ll appreciate that gag). Turns out the Furies are breathing down your neck... (it’s time I had some time alone - for a reread)
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat a page-turner from start to finish.
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
Where do I begin. Mr. Sharpe has managed to deliver a powerhouse story with twists and turns, heart, depth, and dimension, leaving you finishing the book and craving more. I can't wait to read whatever he comes out with next. A true writer at the forefront of something truly unique and amazing.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 10, 2018
I have been a fan of alternate history for almost two decades and have devoured most of the key entries in this genre. I am happy to say that Ian Sharpe has proven an author worth keeping an eye on if you like well-researched, compelling and plausible althist.
“The Allfather Paradox” takes the reader on an immersive and compelling ride through a world where Christianity does not form the basis of two millenia of Western Civilisation. Along the way, Sharpe displays an enviable knowledge of Norse mythology and Old Norse. The names of people and places echo our own world just enough to cement the willing disbelief of the reader and tantalise them with glimpses of the common roots of Old Germanic languages and modern English.
Analogues to real-world historical events and people are identifiable, leaving the reader keen to find and identify the next one in the text. There is even the odd splash of contemporary social and political commentary, which caused me a wry smile for their cleverness without their being overly polemic or preachy.
If I were to equate “The Allfather Paradox” with an already well known althist book, it would be with Robert Sobel’s “For Want of a Nail: What if Burgoyne Had Won at Saratoga”. Fans of the genre know that this book stands out for its believability, plausibility, and the depth of historical knowledge the author must have had to write it. Sharpe displays these same traits, making his debut novel well worth reading and leaving the reader hungry for the next book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 12, 2018
If you like Vikings, you'll like this imaginative and authentic book.It has the usual things you associate with them - monks, longships and berserkers. And a hero to rival Ragnar Lothbrok. But just when you thought it was settling into a story of the Viking Age, you are hurled ahead, to a world that might have been. I've read a lot about Ragnarok, Yggdrasil and the Nine Worlds - I loved Norse Mythology as a kid - but seeing how the author reimagines them is a real wow. The future Midgard is like a nightmare come to life. I hope we get to read more sagas from the Vikingverse! Skål!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 21, 2020
The All Father Paradox is not my usual taste in Norse writing. I'm more into history and historical fiction, but it's a great concept, well written and certainly worth a read. Highly recommended and I look forward to reading more from Ian Stuart Sharpe.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 22, 2019
Great debut novel. Seamlessly traversing tones of The Omen, The Hobbit and Star Wars as the book unfolds ... with the added bonus of brushing up on your Norsk along the way! Here's to hoping there's a sequel in the pipeline.