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Nts to his throne save one his youngest brother HakonErik'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 nightmaresP. I absolutely adore this bookMy great grandparents immigrated to America from Norway so I am familiar with Hakon s story But Eric Schumacher allowed me to be IN Hakon s story The author s writing is flawless as is his attention to historical detail and the richness of the Norse culture He submerses the reader directly into the midst of the characters and their daily lives He brought Hakon to life fleshed him out brilliantly and told his story like no other could have I was besotted with this book As soon as I realized that the seuel was going to be released soon I immediately picked up God s Hammer and read it again I am not one to read a book a second time throughHighly recommend to literally everyone breathing

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Raise Mr Schumacher stands ready to be a ‘Great’ in a world full of mediocre authors DadsDragonsI 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 Revi. Modern Christian values become superimposed on an excellent historical viking story about thirty percent in One realistic character after another weakened as they became nice A morality tale made the protagonist Hakon less and less believable had to force myself to finish the book It was like eating a gyro with only air as the filling

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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 realmIt is 935 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 claima. Where to begin I enjoyed the earliest sections of this book when Hakon was a youth in thelstan s court but once we leave there the main character loses his focus The author mentions in his comments that he chose to make Hakon an inexperienced character that leaned on his counselors While I understand this decision when it is coupled with the overt emotional outbursts oh I found it very difficult to believe that this man would find followers amongst the hard people of the Frozen North I actually find it easier to accept that they would accept a Christian King so than a whining inexperienced child susceptible to emotional outbursts that undercut his stature as a possible King some choices he made especially those dealing with his childhood friend we re unrealistic silly and frankly idiotic It s simply burst the bubble for me and I could not see the central figure being a person that men would followSPOILER I understand that in the real world Erik survived the fight with his brother and was banished but to have two instances where this supposed upstart king allows is mortal enemies to survive just seemed implausible The first instance in which he allowed an enemy to survive came back to haunt him and essentially undercut his authority and fellowship with his northern subjects A normal person will learn from their mistakes and not repeat them but here we have this repentant King commit this ludacris act twice even after the first mistake causes irreparable damage to those he loves and in the end loses I understand the author s thinking that he was trying to showcase the Christian theme of forgiveness but for me it completely broke the storyI will not be reading the second book in the series

13 thoughts on “ God's Hammer (Hakon's Saga)

  1. says:

    The book started well, but once Hakon leaves England his character develops into little than a shallow caricature, his acti

  2. says:

    Maybe I shouldn't give this first in the series 5 stars, but 4 1/2 isn't an option, and since I am halfway through the second of the series I decided it was time to stop for a moment and write this review. I have read others of this genre an

  3. says:

    Where to begin? I enjoyed the earliest sections of this book, when Hakon was a youth in Æthelstan's court, but

  4. says:

    I absolutely adore this book.

    My great grandparents immigrated to America from Norway, so I am familiar with Hakon's story. But Eric Schumacher allowed me to be IN Hakon's story. The author's writing is flawless, as is his attention to

  5. says:

    A historical novel of this caliber is a rare and wonderful thing. So well informed, God's Hammer tells the true story of the son of a Viking king, starting with his stay in England under King Athelstan, where he found a love of Christianity. Upon his father's death, his brother Eric takes the throne by force and with bloodshed, mu

  6. says:

    This is book one of Hakon’s Saga, the historic tale of a young boy of Norse lineage who is adopted by King Athelstan of the Northumbrians. Brought up in the Christian tradition and baptized as one, he was to become the heir to a kingdom in Norway. His brothers fought over ascension to that title resulting in one brother assuming control

  7. says:

    Modern Christian values become superimposed on an excellent historical viking story about thirty percent in. One realistic character after another weakened as they became nice. A morality tale made the protagonist, Hakon, less and l

  8. says:

    Great book and historically relevant. Writes a great story that is similar to the greats like Conn, and Bernard that provides true historic insights I admired the chance he took with the main character being real, vs telling the story through the eyes of another fictional character. Kudos , he should quit his day job so I have to

  9. says:

    Having only recently developed an interest in the Viking history myself, I was enthralled by this book before I even started to read the first page. I thought there was a strong chance that I would enjoy it, but had no idea quite so much!

    'God's Hammer' follows Hakon Haraldsson, a royal Viking heir who is sent to

  10. says:

    As a Viking re enactor, I often notice glaring errors in the historical accuracy of books relating to the period my colleagues and I portray, which spoil my enjoyment of the book. Not so with this one!.

    Based on the life of a real person, this tale evokes the complexities of national and international politics and life in ten

  11. says:

    This is not a book review just my two pennies worth about my experience.

    I enjoyed the book tremendously and I learned a great deal about our British/Viking history from reading novels like this. My only criticism is simply 'American' spellings. All in all it wasn't too apparent, but it did niggle me a little, particularly as the novel was about Britain in the dark ages. However, that said, I recommen

  12. says:

    got this on my kindle paper white,not as full of blood and gore as many of the Viking historical fiction books I have read , maybe it has to d

  13. says:

    This book has the feel of the time in which it is set. There is just enough of the old language to enhance the storey and not too much to detrac