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History and legend combine in the gripping tale of Hakon Haraldsson, a Christian boy who once fought for the High Seat of a Viking realm.

It is 935 A.D., and the North is in turmoil. King Harald Fairhair has died, leaving the High Seat of the realm to his murderous son, Erik Bloodaxe. To solidify his claim, Erik ruthlessly disposes of all claimants to his throne, save one: his youngest brother Hakon.

Erik's surviving enemies send a ship to Wessex, where the Christian King Athelstan is raising Hakon. Unable to avoid his fate, he returns to the Viking North to face his brother and claim his birthright, only to discover that victory will demand sacrifices beyond his wildest nightmares.

©2005, 2008 Eric Schumacher (P)2018 Tantor

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Great Saga

I'm so happy I found this book. I think I've listened to almost every Viking saga available and was hoping to find another. Well this book didn't disappoint. I'm really looking forward to the second book.

Shaun Grindell as always did an amazing job narrating the story.

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  • matt
  • Wetumpka, AL, United States
  • 12-14-18

I think the story would be great, but...

The narrator is terrible! Every 3rd word ends on a lilting stressed syllable. It's bad.

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A story of the Vikings and the Christians

I didn't anticipate a story like this to be "so" different from all the other stories about this time in histroy. It is historically accurate and moved along quickly. This story tells what the English did about all the raids, on England soil.
The narrations is one the best i have heard. This is "very important" with this story because of the strange names of the Vikings.
I recommend this book !

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awesome!!

just a GREAT audio book with excellent naration and a fantastic story line. thouroughly enjoyable

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-19-18

after 2 minutes i hit stop.

after 2minutes i hit stop. the terrible narration makes it painful to listen too. probably a good story but now i wont know. regretting the 15 bucksspent for 2 minutes