[Read Pdf] ♨ God's Hammer ⚇ Tyrakel.de

An interesting tale of the first Christian King in Norway, Hakon, a son of King Harald Sent to England as a young boy to be fostered by King Aethelstan, he is weened off the old gods and when he returns to claim his kingdom, he comes as a baptized and committed Christian As you can well imagine that presents some challenges as Hakon strives to garner support for his rise to power The author s depiction of the young, naive and certainly impetuous Hakon, who is thrust into the mayhem of war and the strictures of the old gods, is well done The story flows nicely and gives the reader a chance to experience life in a time and place that is full of conflict not only for the throne but also the clash between Odin and the White Christ Old ways die hard and that is certainly the case in this intriguing story one that will continue in book 2, Raven s Feast 4.3 stars A quick Norse tale Not unlike many others I have read of Northmen in the 900 AD period According to the author, it is based on a real character, though the author does admit to taking liberties Such is historical fiction.Certainly, brutal times. [Read Pdf] ☹ God's Hammer ♦ History And Legend Combine In The Gripping Tale Of Hakon Haraldsson, A Christian Boy Who Once Fought For The High Seat Of A Viking RealmIt Is AD 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 HakonErik S Surviving Enemies Send A Ship To Wessex, Where The Christian Court Of 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 NightmaresI Was Swept Up In The Action And Enthralled By The Descriptions Of Hakon S Struggle Roundtable Reviews I Highly Recommend This Historical Fiction Novel, Both For Its Entertaining Story And Historical Information Historical Fiction Review Outstanding This is a terrific Read A fostered child, battles for status, battles for power, the clash of cultures all told with an unusual understanding of the peoples of that time The history is true, although the author must speculate on why certain historical figures interacted the way that they did There is only one thing wrong Now I must buy the rest of the series. God s Hammer is a story about Hakon Haraldsson later known as Hakon the Good , youngest and illegitimate son of Harold Fairhair, 10th century King of Norway While still a boy, Hakon was sent to England for safekeeping and was fostered by King Athelstan, who took the trouble to raise him as a Christian When his father died, Aethelstan sent the fifteen year old Hakon back to Norway to claim the throne from his violent brother, Eric Bloodaxe Of course, considering his upbringing, the Norwegians looked askance at young Hakon, but once he offered to remove the onerous tax imposed by his father over landed property, he gained popularity and went after his wicked brother, though the going was rough Author Eric Schumacher put together a rousing story of warfare, religious strife and tested friendships Hakon was repelled by the human sacrifice practiced by his pagan countrymen, but knew he would lose all support if he tried to impose his beliefs on his followers There was little to no Christianity in his native country, and he was constantly torn by necessity vs faith Necessity usually won Hakon was a man or boy of his time, and knew when to follow the lead of his seasoned allies Many was the time I think he would have rather stayed in England, but his fate spoke otherwise and he embraced his destiny with fortitude The plot moved along well and this young hero withstood great odds and came out on top despite his youth and inexperience. In my historical readings of Vikings I had read albeit briefly about Hakon the Good but only in relation to Erik Bloodaxe coming to Northumbria and taking York.Reading about Hakon gives this period a whole new angle Not as much from the Saxons but from the impact Erik made to the feudal scandinavian realms before he came to Northumbria.The author makes a valid point in his notes that Hakon is a rare type of scandinavian hero for a number of reasons that many people overlook or forget.Firstly being a bastard son at the time he was the least likely son to ever claim the throne of early Norway.Secondly being sent away to the court of Athelstan the first King of Engaland, it was doubted he would ever return to his homeland.Thirdly the majority of his young life he was raised according to Saxon law and custom He would have lost what little connection he had to the belief and ritual traditions of his pagan family and homeland.Yet if Erik had not become known as the Kinslayer he would never have opened up a path or provided cause for the scandinavian people to summon Hakon to claim the throne.However this happened when Hakon was quite young When he had yet to test himself in battle.So Hakon was sent back to an unfamiliar home, unfamiliar people and where his religion opposed their own.Alliances would have been essential and critical for Hakon to form any kind of following in order to not only master an army against Erik but to also establish and prove himself worthy of being a King.It is this great challenge but one of many that make Hakons rise to the throne so incredible it is almost unbelievable but it did happen A Christian Norwegian Bastard Son somehow defeated his own brother and ruled a pagan country.An amazing reversal of what Canute achieved when he finally won England back after his Fathers short reign only to convert to Christianity, marry the resident Norman Queen Emma and rule the Saxons for a peaceful 20 years.Hakon definitely seemed to have had the hardest population to manage compared to Canute.It is definitely a historical figure that people should learn about and so I do encourage and recommend this very enjoyable and at times moving depiction of Hakons story. It hooked meThis is an enjoyable, fast paced historical novel I found it to be well written and very interesting, full of information on Norwegian culture and religion in the Europe of the 900 s AD. Good read from the first pageHuman emotion, tough decisions hold this tale together as it follows the history of English and Viking nobility I m looking forward to reading the sequel. A well researched tale of a good man in a dark time I would have preferred grit but regardless, the story was quite engaging I will definitely read book two Recommended It s no surprise that this book is a bestseller right now I picked it up because I m OBSESSED with Viking stories right now and this looked just as intriguing as any I wasn t wrong I m coming off just finishing Bernard Cornwell s ten book series in a month, so my standards were set pretty high I hadn t even known the genre was for me I was shocked when this entertained me just as much The writing is phenomenal, with great imagery and a fast paced storyline It s written in a way that isn t just telling you some grand adventure, it s actually taking you on said grand adventure I know next to nothing about the history behind all of this, but it makes me want to know A story of war, family, sacrifice, honor one that keeps your blood pumping and your fingers turning pages rapidly I can t wait to dig into the next.