The Last Berserker – perfect stocking-filler
For reasons known only to Amazon, the paperback version of The Last Berserker (Fire Born 1), my new-ish Viking adventure novel, is only £2 at the moment. So if you are looking for something to put in your loved-one’s stocking this Christmas, might I humbly suggest you order yourself a copy and reach for the wrapping paper and ribbons.
If you need any more convincing that this is a brilliant idea for a pressie, the reviews for TLB have been almost uniformly good, and if he or she likes the book, which I guarantee they will, the second one in the series The Saxon Wolf (Fire Born 2) is coming out in January 2022. So not long to wait for another fix of gory berserker goodness. Plus: book 3 The Loki Sword will be out in the late summer (August, I’m told).
If you don’t know what the story is about, the blurb on the back of the book (below) should give you a pretty good idea. One thing I should say is that TLB is pretty violent – so not for the faint of heart. Happy Christmas!
Two pagan fighters
771AD, Northern Europe. Bjarki Bloodhand and Tor Hildarsdottir are journeying south into Saxony. Their destination is the Irminsul, the One Tree that links the Nine Worlds of the Middle-Realm. In this most holy place, they hope to learn how to summon their animal spirits so they can enter the ranks of the legendary berserkir: the elite frenzied fighters of the North.
One Christian king
Karolus, newly crowned King of the Franks, has a thorn in his side: the warlike Saxon tribes on his northern borders who shun the teachings of the Church, blasphemously continuing to worship their pagan gods.
An epic battle for the soul of the North
The West’s greatest warlord vows to stamp out his neighbours’ superstitions and bring the light of the True Faith to the Northmen – at the point of a sword. It will fall to Bjarki, Tor and the men and women of Saxony to resist him in a struggle for the fate of all Europe.