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Review: The Call of Gelduur (The Norrland Saga Book 1), by Jack Alriksson


This book was not at all what I was expecting. By the blurb, I was sure I would enjoy it. I LOVED it! Bold, brash, irreverent, bloody, and funny as hell, The Call of Gelduur was a blast to read. I love authors that don’t shy away, who aren’t afraid of ‘punch in the gut’ writing—and have the chops to pull it off. The fight scenes are as well done as the banter. I thoroughly enjoyed adventuring, raiding, and pillaging with all the colorful Norrlanders. Their bawdy, make no excuses, ‘‘live life to the fullest’ demeanor made for some great lines and imagery. I particularly liked Ivar. He had a way about him from the start pulled me in. I did find the beginning a little confusing, and some minor editing issues throughout. But nothing that pulled me out of the story. I was so taken with the characters, the sarcasm, and the author’s writing style that I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. If you like adult Viking-themed fantasy with vibrant characters, battles, history, friendship, action—and you’re ready to laugh—check out The Call of Gelduur. It’s not your usual read. And that’s a good thing.

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