Halfdan is growing as a warrior, but will this be enough to beat a savage murderer? Through epic battle scenes and intimate power struggles, Judson Roberts brings the Viking world to pulsing life in this next chapter of the Strongbow Saga. Hardcover , pages. Published June 17th by Harper Teen first published January 1st The Strongbow Saga 3. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. I thoroughly enjoyed the third book of this series The Road to Vengeance. In this book, the invasion by the Danes into the land of the Franks stops being a series looting raids and becomes more serious organized warfare. This is a new experience for Halfdan especially having to fight the highly skilled horse warriors the Bretons.
After ransoming his captive Genevieve back to her father, Halfdan misses the young woman that he realizes was more than just a captive to him. But alas, she is back at I thoroughly enjoyed the third book of this series The Road to Vengeance. But alas, she is back at her convent in Paris until a plan is hatched by the Vikings to attack Paris. The book and story once again has a rich cast of characters. The author's description of the countryside is also well developed. I listened to the audio book and Jeff Hays does an outstanding job with story. The only part of the audio I was a little bothered with is the introduction music.
That doesn't last for more than 30 seconds or so. Another great book in this series with superbly exciting finish. On to the last and final book of this fun series. May 12, Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing Shelves: He returns to his ship and captain with his prisoner, Genevieve. But he finds it difficult to protect her while at the same time fending off attacks from Toke's men. This is one high-spirited adventure novel that you won't soon forget. Mar 27, Trish rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I still think it's strange that good fortune should shine so much on the character who has pledged his life to avenge the death of his brother. He's not just out to kill one man, but the one man in addition to all those who helped do the evil deed. It's a different view of the world that the Northmen share that they trust fate and do not understand how their enemies worship a god that has been dead for hundreds of years.
Even the title "The Road to Vengeance" supports the idea that Halfdan is on I still think it's strange that good fortune should shine so much on the character who has pledged his life to avenge the death of his brother. Even the title "The Road to Vengeance" supports the idea that Halfdan is on a glorious and righteous quest. What happens in reality is that vengeance and hate eat a man alive, especially when plans are thwarted. The author succeeds in making us believe that Toke must die for the crimes he committed.
In real life, I'm glad I don't have to judge or take action on those who choose evil over good. When I read, however, I'm longing for the confrontation. Halfdan is lead by his close attention to his gutt feelings and strong grip on honor. He's not enjoying the killing, so we hope he'll survive the bad dreams he is having. That part of the book is predictable because without him there will be no more books. Still, I was worried for him wondering how he would get out of each predicament when the odds always seem stacked against him. In this book, two things threaten to undo him I actually stopped and wondered if I should let Sarah read this one because of how the nun recognizes what she is about to do is sin and then says, "but I don't care" while dropping her clothing.
The chapter ends there without any details whatsoever. Then I remembered that Sarah has already read this book before me, so now I have to talk with her and make sure she understands that the nun broke covenants and it's a bad thing even though we want the nun and Halfdan to be together. I wondered where the author could go with this, and I predict that Halfdan will either repeat the history his parents lived, or the nun will stay a nun. Either way, Halfdan will win. As for the epic battle, I appreciate that these books are historical fiction.
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These events have actually happened with a few liberties to help the story along. I like the historical notes given at the end.
What I liked most about this book is how it brings me closer to the confrontation I am anticipating. I feel like the author is milking it for all its worth, but appreciate that it is in keeping with how everything happens in the story It's a good thing that these books are quick reads. What I disliked most about this book is that Halfdan does not worry for his sister at all. I guess he has had no choice but to go on this war campaign, but I suspect that when he finally reaches his father's home there will be a lot more for Toke to answer for.
Nov 02, Dara rated it it was amazing. Though sometime he can be very fierce and terrifying when fighting and at parts the book is quiet gruesome, but that is the way of vikings, so I understand. I love that Halfdan cares about his honor. My ancestors are from Denmark and Sweden though I doubt any of them were vikings. At first I was kind of let down by the ways of the Danes. They are a violent are gruesome people, but soon I started to understand why they act the way they do.
I love Halfdan because without him my views on the Danes would probably be destroyed and I wouldn't have had much respect for them during the 's. Halfdan though cared about his honor, I've never thought much of honor until now. Most people mistakingly call pride "honor. Even though I don't agree with his way of living and beliefs I can respect it. Normally I am against vengeance, but with him and the way of the Danes I can see why it is necessary. May 12, Yami rated it really liked it. I swear this series is so addicting, and it does NOT follow any expected pattern, every single event is well planed and put with precise fitting, I am not well aware of the Scandinavian history, but I am there ,with every attack and every scene I can well see it.
I think if I had the last book I would have started immediately but now I have to order it and wait. Sep 13, Lori rated it liked it Shelves: As with the second book in this series this one was better yet. The sacking of Paris by Vikings.
The consummation of a forbidden relationship. Always a good thing. The death of particular individuals who totally deserved it. Now on to the fourth and last book! Mar 01, Andrew rated it really liked it. Constant action and interesting scenarios, conflicts, and resolutions set in the woods in times of old.
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Nov 06, Mara rated it really liked it Shelves: I should have re-read the other two books before I launched into this one. I must sadly confess that while I remembered most of the events from the others, it took me over half of the book to recall who was who. But that may not be my fault. When you have so many Viking characters whose personalities blend into one, and whose names are so bloody similar I am complaining at three in particular: Tore, Torvald, and Toke , I don't think reading the books one after the other would have helped much a I should have re-read the other two books before I launched into this one.
Tore, Torvald, and Toke , I don't think reading the books one after the other would have helped much anyway. But, to give Mr. Roberts credit, his Vikings have more personality than most, and Halfdan is fairly likable. I have no complaint against the storyline - it has been good ever since the beginning. And the battle sequences aren't horrible to read, though certainly not masterpieces. One thing that usually irritates me about Viking stories is it is really hard to find a likable character.
They are Vikings, and the common picture of Vikings is plundering, killing, drinking, and liking women a bit too much. Halfdan, though, does his best to be good. He's out for revenge - and for a completely legitimate reason -, so he always tries to keep his head clear by not drinking nearly as much as his comrades. He does raid and kill, and he doesn't like it - he doesn't see his killings as a good aspect of his character, and when they invade Frankia, he isn't too happy, because he doesn't like killing people with whom he has no quarrel with.
And when he claims a woman as a captive, he swears to see that no harm comes to her, nor does he ever harm a woman's honor when he has ample chance to. Which brings me to content.
The Road to Vengeance
I read the Strongbow Saga with some nervousness because while Judson Roberts has never been explicit, he doesn't shy away from the blunt truth that invaders raped women. I was worried when Halfdan captured Genevieve in Dragons from the Sea. I saw there being serious trouble with her and the other Danes, and I didn't doubt that Judson Roberts would devote some time to relating such incidents.
Never fear, Readers - nothing happens. And while there are plenty of alludements to taking pleasure in the opposite gender, it never goes beyond alludements. Genevieve does tell Halfdan about how a man she was betrothed to tried to have his way with her before their wedding, but it doesn't go anywhere, and there are no physical details. And then there is a scene between Halfdan and Genevieve, which irritated me to no end because I could now no longer respect them. Much to my surprise, though, there are no explicit details. Roberts never actually says though it is quite plain what happened what passed between them.
So, a note for the Strongbow Saga: And while the gore certainly isn't as detailed as in a Michael Cadnum book or even The Adventures of a Young Sailor trilogy, Judson Roberts doesn't skip over where and how much the blood is gushing out.
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But the storyline is good and it is quite clear that the Author has done his historical research. I look forward to the sequel whenever that is released. As in the previous novels The Road to Vengeance offers skillfully crafted action and a convincing recreation of the era when Danish Vikings first became a serious threat to the great kingdoms of Christendom. Although Halfdan finally gets the chance to prove he can measure up as a warrior without his mighty bow, the Strongbow Saga is aptly named.
It's a welcome addition to the best of the tales that make archers into heroes: In this book Halfdan takes some important steps on his long road to vengeance, but he is still far from the end. But he is not looking for praise. Halfdan is only biding his time, gaining strength and skill for his ultimate quest.
Time and again he proves himself on the battlefield, using clever strategy and an uncanny talent with a bow and arrow. Halfdan is growing as a warrior, but will this be enough to beat a savage murderer? Through epic battle scenes and intimate power struggles, Judson Roberts brings the Viking world to pulsing life in this next chapter of the Strongbow Saga.