Dragged on and on with a lot of battles but not enough character development Still interesting and I will probably continue the series In this one the slave Indians and half breeds rise up against the Lakelanders for their cruel treatment The Godlanders see and hear their fires and horns calling for held so so over to offer "assistance They help kill off the Indians not knowing whether it is good or not but not willing to "They help kill off the Indians not knowing whether it is good or not but not willing to into Lakelanders laws The Lakelanders start to struggle between their arl who is starting to see the way of let s talk things out and his cousin that wants to kill whoever disagrees The Godlanders take in and accept everyone and flourish but everyone is getting Older How much longer will the Eros Unbound (Great Loves, jarl be there In Iceland leaving on their own and claiming land comes to a head Thearl and his son are killed by The girls dogs for harassing her and she steps up to lead the group to Marksland Better than the 1st novel Though we are still in the beginning stages of Norse colonization of the Americas Curious to know how many books the author is planning on writing Will they be only about the beginning Or will there be books on a later period Definitely want to find out A follow up to book 1 that I couldn t put down First book deals with the establishment of a colony split into two by fundamental differences in values However when one settlement is threatened to be undone by the sins of the past the second sett Twenty years after the events of the first book in the series the House of Ravens hear war horns and see multiple columns of smoke in the land of House of WolvesThe warriors of the Ravens sail to the aid of the Wolves finding they re in the middle of a
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uprising led Dore who d helped some Ravens in the first book The two factions put down the rebellion but this leads to new troubleA typical second book in a trilogy concerned with leading into the third bookthan creating something to truly stand by itself. And a horizon stained with smoke Can the young settlements survive the challengeBut this is not the only trial the Norse of Markland will face Back across the sea in their peoples ancient homelands there are those who are ealous of the prosperity they see in the west War is coming to Markland.
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I Like This SeriesThis is a fun alternate history of the European settlement of North America I m looking forward to the following installments Second in the series One generation in after first contactsettlement and the different strategies of the Raven Clan and the Wolf Clan when it comes to relations with the indigenous people and self governance are sharpening contrasts and historical hostilities An uprising of enslaved thralls in Lakeland occurs and Norse presence in the "New World is threatened again And at the end of the "World is threatened again And "at the end of the a new threat born out of family "
the end of the a new threat born out of family and secrets is organizing back in iceland mid trilogy book kinda okthis second
Iceland Mid trilogy book kinda okThis second puts the lie to the series title there won t be any united states since the whole trilogy is all about the founding and starting Norse colony in the americas that might have been It s set a generation after the initial book deals mostly with the Raven Wolf opposition and introduces plot threads but as often does not resolve any leaving us waiting for the last bookThis is a trend that I tend to hate and that is trilogies that are one book then two halves of the next bookThe series remain interesting because it deals with a different culture than we re used to and a good what if very grounded foundation I suspect the reason the original Norse outposts in Vinland failed was that they did not set up a pipeline of colonists early leaving them too fragile and collapsing at the first major problem This book makes it clear this is not going to be the case in the alternate historyPS I still wanted the United States of not the New England of Vinland Honestly Although a good read it did drag a bit Maybe I am impatient for a future Norse America and the founding and birthing pains of the nation is taking longer than i expectedBut it is a good read with the story evolving into an allegory for the North v South USABut definitely turn to p385 and read the Young Ravens and Hidden blades short st. Over a thousand years ago the Norse reached the Americas but never stayedWhat if they hadFollowing on from The United States Of Vinland The Landing comes Red WinterEskil's dream of settling the newly discovered lands of the west to honour the Gods is under way Godsland and Lakeland are no long. O
ry firstThe happenings there are referenced throughout the WHOLE book and it would have driven me mad if i didn t read it first Red Winter is a brilliant addition to what is proving to an original and in depth alternate history series The story has exploded a huge cast of characters all with competing interests in the new land With the use of omniscient point of view and multiple uniue characters we are able to closely follow numerous plot lines and viewpoints from many perspectives as they each converge towards inevitable bloody clashesThe story has introduced or developed some standout characters As examples Trion a leader with a bloodthirsty psychotic appetite is a recipe for unpredictable chaos Ineke is someone to sympathise with who eventually finds her strength with a promise of greater endeavours Tension is strong where it is needed throughout the book The scenes switch between the competing camps at a well seuenced and timed rate that the book becomes a page turner The tension during the lead up and opening scenes of the battle at Akrvan makes it one of the best battles I have ever read There are some fantastically described settings in this new world all delicately woven into the story to draw out deep emotions The opening paragraph of the scene with Gylla waiting outside the Hall of Ravens is to me the benchmark in linking setting with mood Whilst I wouldn t have waited for the trilogy to be completed I would have preferred to read the series straight through as with the break I found some difficulty in "following the various people and differing locationsSimilar to the first book the cliffhanger ending reinforces that this book is not "the various people and differing locationsSimilar to the first book the cliffhanger ending reinforces that this book is not one story but an integral part of a large seriesI recommend this series for the original alternate history concept the huge cast of characters and the well crafted writing The second book in a series always wants me wanting This did the same but not in a The Two Towers way It. Er alone as new villages grow and prosper in a world of fjords valleys forests and mountains all of it claimed in the name of OdinFor over twenty years factional rivalries have remained but the Hall of Wolves and the Hall of Ravens must face a challenge that comes heralded by crying war horns.