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By Genevieve Gornichec -
Gods and goddesses are enjoying a popular revival. Genevieve Gornichec has done the same for Angrboda, witch and mother of Norse god Loki’...Read Review
By Ann Chamberlin -
Ann Chamberlin brings the Nordic legends of a banished Valkyrie, Brynhild, and hero, Siegfried, to life in the historical fantasy, The Linden’s ...Read Review
By Christina Courtenay -
In 2021, Sara Mattsson, a York silversmith, pulls a seax – a short sword – from an archaeological dig. She reads its runic inscription and is ...Read Review
By Oliver Latsch (trans.) - By Tilman Roehrig -
Biographical FictionChildren/Young Adult
Eric the Red is a Norse historical saga about a 10th-century Viking explorer and founder of Iceland. The tale begins when Eric’s ...Read Review
By Matthew Harffy -
AD 793, Lindisfarne. Hunlaf is a young novice monk based at the Minster at Werceworthe (Warkworth) on the Northumbrian coast. On a fine spring ...Read Review
By Johanna Wittenberg -
Norway, 822 AD. Ragnhild fought a war to avoid being married off by her father like a peace cow to an Irish king. After ...Read Review
By Tim Hodkinson -
This second book in Tim Hodkinson’s rip-roaring Viking adventure series, The Whale Road Chronicles, sees Einar plying his trade as a bard ...Read Review
By Angus Donald -
In a small village on an unremarkable island, Bjarki is saved from being hanged by a secretive merchant, Valtyr. Completely baffled by the ...Read Review
By Paula Lofting -
This is the second book in Paula Lofting’s Sons of the Wolf series, first published in 2016 and now republished in revised and ...Read Review
By Tim Hodkinson -
The third book in the Whale Road Chronicles has our Viking warrior band despairing, as they believe they have been cursed by a ...Read Review
Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society's print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books.
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