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FREE PDF ò Tyrkers Tale ¹ Tyrker, A Slave Belonging To The Viking Chieftain Eirik The Red, Has Been Given The Task Of Educating Eirik S Young Sons, Leif And Tosti, In The Arts Of Weaponry Forbidden To Marry, He Longs To Have His Own Family Instead, He Must Learn To Live With Serving Another Man Until One Day Something Unexpected HappensFirst In Robin Ingle S World S Edge Series Of Short Stories, Tyrker S Tale Takes Place In Tenth Century Iceland, In The Years Prior To Eirik The Red S Settlement In Greenland Leif and Tosti are the sons of Eirik Tyrker is a slave of Eirik, and it is job to take care of the boys, in addition to his other slave duties He teaches them swordsmanship and tells them tales to keep them amused In addition, they usually visit Runa, the cooks assistant, who gives them small treats In a time and place of slaves, it is usually best not to anger your master.Very short quick read, almost like an essay This could actually be an opening chapter for to come, rather than it s own story While the characters blend well, it needs to be expanded , with a bit of a plot Overall very good, but you leave wanting. One of the most romanticized groups in history has to be the Vikings There are countless legends, books and films about the Viking age However, there are also countless misconceptions about the Vikings as they were certainly not as exotic and glamorous as they are frequently portrayed While they did pillage and raid villages and monasteries which were primarily along the coastline, the Vikings also spent a great deal of time trading and farming Also, they were very active in the slave trade and made a lot of their riches by selling the thralls slaves in the Middle East and Europe In her short story, Tyrker s tale, Robin Ingle provides an accurate and engaging portrayal of Viking life If you are a fan of well researched historical fiction, with a touch of romance and adventure thrown in, then this is the tale for you Essentially, the story follows the life of Tyrker, a slave who is owned by the Viking, Eirik the Red Tyrker has a number of duties which are given to him by his owner , but the most important is to teach Eirik s son s swordsmanship and also act as a guard to his master s son Leif Tyrker gains the respect of his owner and sons, as well as the other thralls He is a great warrior in his own right, and even shows his devout loyalty to Eirik by jumping into a freezing lake to save Leif and Tosti from a certain death by drowning However, when Tyrker falls in love with the cooks assistant Runa, his loyalty and very survival come into question Thralls are prohibited from entering into any type of romantic relationship and the consequence for disobeying this edict could mean a severe punishment up to and including death Will this secret romantic relationship be discovered If so what will be the ultimate fate of Tyrker and Runa Personally, I do not tend to be a huge fan of short stories I find they often do not provide enough time and detail to fully present and explore the many required elements of fiction This typically leads to less than full reader engagement However, in this case I found Tyrker s Tale was very effective at engrossing the reader into the story It was a very well written tale which provided effective character, setting and plot development.As the story was told from the point of view of Tyrker, we are able to get great insight into his background, feelings and emotions His character is developed very well in quite short order His strengths, flaws and integrity develop rapidly through the story We are also able to see notable character development in secondary players such as Eirik Not simply just a figurehead, Eirik is shown to be balanced, fair and wise as the tale progresses For those who have heard Viking tales about Eirik the Red in the past, this presentation may be the exact opposite of what is expected This ability to aptly develop these characters so well is a credit to this short story and the author.When we are dealing with historical fiction, it is critically important to have an accurate portrayal of the time and place Unlike many other genres, the setting does not just come from the imagination Instead, it is the result of a great deal of research and effort If it is erroneous, the author will lose trust, and hence a reading audience, very quickly Once again, Robin Ingle does a great job with this in her tale Instead of presenting a stereotypical Viking story full of violence and mayhem, she shows the very true setting of a typical Viking homestead Much of their time was invested in farming, and they used thralls to help them in their labors The slave trade was also a key part of their economic viability Ms Ingle did her homework as her story setting is described beautifully and accurately The theme of this tale can most assuredly be seen as the pursuit of love at all costs It is an engaging romantic theme which would attract readers from young adult and up There are some sexually suggestive scenes, but nothing overtly explicit is presented.I truly enjoyed this short story and it even surprised me quite a bit Be that as it may, it left me wanting I want to see of Tyrker s life and struggles in the harsh tenth century conditions For that very reason of a feeling of incompleteness, I would give it 4 instead of 5 stars Make no mistake however, it is a great short story 4 Viking Stars for this one
Tyker s Tale is a short about a slave named Tyrker who has been placed in charge of training his master s sons in sword combat He s on good terms with his master Eirik due to his performance and skill, but even with that it is forbidden for him to find love If he does, and has a child, then the child will be raised as another slave for his master a fate considered cruel for any parent to give their child Despite this, Tyrker falls in love with another slave You also briefly learn about Tyrker s past, and how he ended up being a slave for Eirik, and the job he now performs.This story was surprisingly good for a short and I even found myself interested in the fate of Tyrker The author delivers a necessary amount of background information without making the story become boring, drawn out, or distracting too much for the main point, and the prose is not overdone which is a habit I notice of many authors today I will say that Tyrker is probably the only character you ll really care about His lover, his master, and his master s sons are brought up multiple times but there s wasn t enough time or information centered upon them to pull me in That s not a bad thing though, after all this is Tyker s Tale not Eirik the Red s I look forward to reading from this author After being able to make such an impression with a basic short you can expect impressive novels or even epics to follow. Very fun little story It was kind a prequel to some I ve read with Tyrkr Tyrker so that was fun to see where he came from Engaging and cute Fun to think of Leif as a little kid.