“For indeed the Frankish nation, which was crushed by the avenger Hasting, was full of filthy uncleanness. Treasonous and oath-breaking, they were deservedly condemned; unbelievers and faithless, they were justly punished.”Orphaned as a child by a blood-feud, and sold as a slave to an exiled chieftain in Ireland, the boy Hasting had little hope of surviving to adulthood. The gods had other plans. A ship arrived at his master’s longphort carrying a man who would alter the course of his destiny, and take him under his wing to teach him the ways of the Vikings. His is a story of a boy who was a slave, who became a warlord, and who helped topple an empire.A supposed son of Ragnar Lodbrok, and referred to in the Gesta Normanorum as the Scourge of the Somme and Loire, his life exemplified the qualities of the ideal Viking. Join author and historian C.J. Adrien on an adventure that explores the coming of age of the Viking Hasting, his first love, his first great trials, and his first betrayal.
An engaging tale of adventure, survival, and the making of a reputation. Hasting’s life is one of turmoil and discovery. From a chieftain’s son, to enslavement, to a leader of Viking raiders, Hasting is a complex character – one of many throughout the story. They say that variety is the spice of life, in Lords of the Wind the characters are indeed varied, and well written. Dane, Celt, Frank, along with the influence of old and new religions, work in seamless harmony to make this tale a page turning event. Anyone who struggles with the god/wolf Fenrir and survives is certainly a formidable character. Looking forward to continuing his reputation building quest. 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
About the Author
C.J. Adrien is a French-American author of Viking historical fiction with a passion for Viking history. His Kindred of the Sea series was inspired by research conducted in preparation for a doctoral program in early medieval history as well as his admiration for historical fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett.
C.J. Adrien’s novels and expertise have earned him invitations to speak at several international events, including the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds.
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