Today I have an interview with Snorri Kristjansson about his book Swords of Good men. Snorri's second book in the series will be published in May 2014, so you have time to catch up with this one, if you haven't already.
Kristjannson, an author originally from Iceland, has crafted an adventure tale
set at the end of the Viking age when the old gods are in process of being
displaced by the White Christ. There is a large cast of great characters and we
switch POV between them fairly often. The action all takes place in Stenvik, a
fortified town in Norway. War comes to Stenvik in the form of a Viking fleet and
Kristjannson Kristjannson again in the future.
Overall – a slightly off ending drops the rating a little but it is a rollicking good read nonetheless. Recommended.
Kristjannsonspends enough time to set up each and every character and the situation beautifully before the Vikings land. The prose is sharp, punchy and keeps the pace going and ratcheting up the tension throughout. There are a few twists and turns and when the battle finally comes it is cinematic in scope. The only off note was right at the very end but this is the first in a series so further books will, no doubt, claw that back. This is a pretty solid read that does exactly what you want it to. If you’ve a penchant for sweary bearded men killing other sweary bearded men in a Viking style then this is your thing. I can't wait to go a viking with
Kristjannson again in the future.
Many thanks to Snorri for the interview, looking forward to revisiting the Valhalla Saga again in the future. If you've got a hankering for all things Viking after this then you should check out this: