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The United States of Vinland: Four Tales From Norse America: The Landing, Young Ravens and Hidden Blades, Red Winter, and Loki's Rage (The Markland Settlement Saga) Kindle Edition
Welcome to Norse America!
In this collection you will find the first four instalments of a grand retelling of history. The beginnings of a glorious saga befitting the Viking age!
The Norse settled Greenland in 985AD and reached continental North America not long after - almost five centuries before Columbus - but left.
What if they had stayed?
Imagine what may have happened, how the world we know might be different…
Would the British still have built their great empire? What of the Spanish, Portuguese and French imperial expansions?
What about the two catastrophic world wars our timeline has endured?
Would there still have been some kind of American Revolution and Civil War? In such an alternate history, might the American Bible Belt celebrate the All-Father Odin, Freya and Thor instead of Jesus Christ?
What kind of America might have arisen?
We begin with The Landing as the Norse arrive on the shores of what we know as Canada's Labrador. From there we will watch the first of them explore, live, love and in some cases fall. In time they will raise halls and found their first settlements as their colonies spread. They will meet other peoples and face great challenges. Bitter winters will come, but they will be followed by hope-filled springs. And all the while the Norse Gods will look upon the work of their mortal followers as a new civilisation grows.
Join me as we rewrite history!
This boxed set includes:
- United States of Vinland #1: The Landing
- A Short Tale From Norse America #1: Young Ravens & Hidden Blades
- United States of Vinland #2: Red Winter
- United States of Vinland #3: Loki's Rage
Over 1300 pages of Viking exploration and adventure!
United States of Vinland #4: Odin's Hall will release in the second half of 2022.
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- ASIN : B07KNQ7Z7B
- Publisher : Thought Stream Creative Services (17 November 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 1511 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 1190 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 162,624 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's not bad as it goes, although extremely long - the events and characters are mostly engaging, but it seemed very slow-going even when describing exciting happenings. I liked the story-line, but when I realised at around the halfway point that it wasn't going to move beyond the 10th century Norse epic section into the continuing history, it seemed a very long slog. And then to find at the end that there are more volumes to come even in this part!
If the author actually intends to explore the future of that fictional society into the present day, which is what is suggested in the description, then the total length of it boggles my mind. It will take months to read!
If I'd known what I was getting in this set I'd probably have enjoyed it more, as I did like the story. I found the Kindle version has flaws, though - like many others, it's as if the proof-reader gave up halfway through, so it becomes increasingly plagued with typos, misplaced words etc. Not a big deal but annoying.
There were a couple of character/plot points that I had difficulty believing. One was the whole kidnapping of Karek. There's was no explanation of why Trion would take her rather than just killing her outright. He didn't know who she was, and she's clearly part-Valefolk, so that part made no sense, as he instantly killed the other, fully-Norse, woman. And having taken her, and got what information he could from her, he had no reason to keep her alive, especially given the risk her discovery would pose for him.
The second point is the whole personality-reversal of Ineke, from a gentle, thoughtful girl to a bloodthirsty harridan. I get that she felt betrayed and misused, and wanted revenge, but there was no real explanation of how her feelings caused her to lose all sense of conscience or consideration for others, and start mercilessly slaughtering innocent people who happened to get in her way. Once she reached Markland, her character was actually more interesting as a villain than it was as a sad and lonely girl, but if that was her point in the story then I don't see the reason for building her up as a gentle and sympathetic character in the first place.
Overall, a fascinating story, but too long.
I like alternative timelines and histories as stimuli for the imagination, but this was dire.
For the price I thought it was the boxed set, not just the first of a long series; on that basis and its overwordiness won't buy any more.