First came Scandi-crime and Nordic Noir - now it's time for Viking Crime! Make way, Lisbeth Salander and Sarah Lund, for Helga Finnsdottir. Lies. Manipulation. Murder. There's nothing quite like family . . .
'A dark mystery in a dark age brought vividly to life' says Robert Fabbri, author of the bestselling Vespasian series
Everyone loves a family reunion.
He can deny it all he likes, but everyone knows Viking warlord Unnthor Reginsson brought home a great chest of gold when he retired from the longboats and settled down with Hildigunnur in a remote valley. Now, in the summer of 970, adopted daughter Helga is awaiting the arrival of her unknown siblings: dark, dangerous Karl, lithe, clever Jorunn, gentle Aslak, henpecked by his shrewish wife, and the giant Bjorn, made bitter by Volund, his idiot son.
And they're coming with darkness in their hearts.
The siblings gather, bad blood simmers and old feuds resurface as Unnthor's heirs make their moves on the old man's treasure - until one morning Helga is awakened by screams. Blood has been shed: kin has been slain.
No one confesses, but all the clues point to one person - who cannot possibly be the murderer, at least in Helga's eyes. But if she's going to save the innocent from the axe and prevent more bloodshed, she's got to solve the mystery - fast . . .
Lies. Manipulation. Murder. There's nothing quite like family . . .
Kristjansson's sprawling cast of colorful characters and eye for historical detail lend this story gratifying verisimilitude - Publishers Weekly on Swords of Good Men
Kristjansson has really outdone himself . . . Bring on the next, I am hooked - The Book Plank on Blood Will Follow
Fans of David Gemmell's work should feel right at home with this one - Starburst on Swords of Good Men
Kristjansson takes the reader along at a breakneck speed, and it doesn't let up until the final very end - Historical Novel Society on Swords of Good Men
An action-filled book with a heart stopping plot and adrenaline fuelled battle scenes. 10 stars - Fantasy Faction on Swords of Good Men
Make sure you are at the front to see with what he will come up with next. I sure will be - The Book Plank on The Valhalla Saga