The victorious Viking army has returned to Denmark from Frankia, after capturing Paris and extracting an enormous ransom from the Franks in exchange for. The Long Hunt book. Read 21 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The victorious Viking army has returned to Denmark from Frankia, afte. Der Weg zur Rache (The Road to Vengeance), the German language translation of book 3 of the Strongbow Saga, is now available in print and site Kindle.
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Strongbow Saga Book 4: The Long Hunt. 1. A Good Plan. Soon it would be done. Soon Toke would be dead, and Harald avenged. For we had a plan. The Long Hunt: Book 4 of The Strongbow Saga (Volume 4) [Judson Roberts, Luc Reid] on tvnovellas.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The victorious. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Judson Roberts brings an extensive, carefully cultivated Book 4 of 4 in The Strongbow Saga (4 Book Series).
But the Norns, the weavers of the fates of all men, have different plans for him--although rarely do they give a gift without exacting a price. In Viking Warrior, book one of the Saga, a cruel twist of fate both frees Halfdan and robs him of the mother he loves, setting him upon the path to a new destiny. Determined to avenge his brother's death, Halfdan knows he must first gain experience as a warrior. He joins a Danish army gathering for an invasion of Western Frankia, for among its fierce chieftains and seasoned warriors he may find the allies he needs. But first he must prove his own worth in battle, and more importantly, he must survive, for he will face dangers not only from the Frankish enemy, but also from hidden foes within the ranks of the Danes. Although increasingly outnumbered and in danger of becoming surrounded and cut off, the invading Danish army pushes deeper into enemy territory.
He would never surrender. He would fight us, even if he knew he could not win. He would rather die with a sword in his hand, killing as many of his enemies as he could, than allow himself to be taken without a fight. He would fight us, and when he did, I would put an arrow through his eye.
Soon it would be done. We had landed at dusk a short distance up the coast from the estate that had once belonged to Hrorik, my father, and after him to my brother, Harald. Ivar and Bjorn had indeed come with us. Hrodgar and the men from the village on the Limfjord had come, too, although some of them had grumbled at the prospect of further delay in returning to their homes, once they were so close.
It was to us that Toke spun his web of lies, to cover his own misdeeds. Toke must know, when he is brought to justice, that we are no longer his fools. Hastein and Ivar and most of their warriors were with me now, hiding in the edge of the woodlands that bordered the cleared lands of the estate.
At first light, Bjorn, Hrodgar, and the rest of the men would bring the ships around to block any chance of escape by sea. Now I could make out his outline, and see the looming shape of Torvald sitting beyond him. I stood, braced my bow against my right foot, and strung it. Beside me, Tore did the same. Against great chieftains like Jarl Hastein, and Ivar, and Bjorn?
It would be madness. But Torvald says he is a berserker, and with them, you never know.
I searched through them and selected one I knew shot true. It had a heavy oak shaft, and was tipped with a short iron head with a square cross-section that tapered to a sharp point.
I called such heads mail-breakers. I touched my finger to the tip, feeling its sharpness. Where was Genevieve now? What was she doing? I remembered the last words she had spoken to me. I will pray to Him to shelter my love from wind and wave on your long journey back to your land.
I shook my head, trying to clear it of thoughts of her. I had a man to kill. Perhaps many. All of my thoughts must be on that for now.
It was here that Harald had found me, the morning after their funeral pyre. The burial mound within the standing stones that formed the outline of the death ship had grown a lush cover of tall grass since I had last been here. In the great feast hall of the gods, did my mother know what I had become? Did she think it was worth the sacrifice she had made?
And what did Hrorik think now of his slave son? But much had happened since then. Did my family know, where they dwelled now in the distant land of the gods? Morning fog shrouded the hilltop. We spread out into a long line, Hastein at its center.
Hastein drew his sword, waved it overhead, then pointed it toward the longhouse. How your life could so easily have gone a different way? The path of a man's life is not like runes carved into stone, which cannot be changed.
That is why mortal men do not have the ability to truly comprehend it. You have seen cloth woven, have you not? When growing up I had watched my mother and the other women of Hrorik's household seated at the big looms, weaving the threads they'd spun from sheep's wool into cloth.
Many, many threads are woven into a single bolt of cloth. And to make something as large as a longship's sail, many bolts of cloth must be woven, and sewn together. If a single weaver were to fail to weave a few short lengths of thread in their proper place and order into a single bolt of cloth, it would not change the sail in any way you could notice, would it? Unlike mortal men, the Norns can see, as they weave, that which has not yet come to pass.
As they hold the threads of each man's life in their fingers, they can see a path our lives could follow that would best serve the pattern they are weaving.
We are, each of us, given the chance to follow that path which the Norns wish us to take. But if any man, through his own decisions and actions, turns aside from that path…" Hastein shrugged. There are other lives, other threads, which can be woven instead to achieve the final pattern. No single man's life can change the course of fate itself. I believe the Norns caused your path and mine to cross for a reason. I believed, when we met and I learned what had befallen you, that the Norns wished me to take you into the crew of the Gull, and to aid you in your quest for vengeance.
But aiding you has certainly brought benefit to me, as well. You saved my life more than once in Frankia. I could have died there, but instead I came away from Frankia a much wealthier man. Aug 01, Yami rated it really liked it.
Sep 03, Dtphoenix rated it really liked it. Took me quite awhile to finish this but I was glad I didn't stop. The story is very detailed and full of information that if you're interested in history and such, you'd really appreciate all the hard work of research that the author did to make this story as real as possible. I still remembered reading and re-reading the 1st. Now I'm looking forward to read the 5th one. Sep 26, Lori rated it liked it Shelves: I was so disappointed by the end of this book because it was only then I realized this isn't the last book in this series!
And it's been four years and there still is no next book! I feel the author is a George R. Martin wannabe. Having said that this book was the most disappointing for me. It was the longest and the least exciting, even if there is a big battle. Where is book 5? And it's such a cliff hanger. Feb 17, Jim Galford rated it liked it. Good adventure set historically in the era of the Viking warriors. Plenty of action and adventure.
Jul 14, Ray-Hsin Chang rated it it was amazing. The book four book "the Long Hunt" is better than prevous book.
Perhaps Halfdan is now a great warrior in his archery and combat. This book has list of Characters, not to remember so many names before, and it has maps of Denmark to Sweden. It bas rare diagrams of Vikings sea battle, and glossary of scandinavians cultures, plus well researched historical notes. Reading this book is like watching a movie, so smooth, detail, and exciting.
I have a little disappointed because the story is not The book four book "the Long Hunt" is better than prevous book. I have a little disappointed because the story is not over. His deadly half brother Toke escaped to Ireland after set up traps for Jarl Hastein's pursuit, and his beautiful half sister Sigrid was sold to slaver on way to today's Staraja Lodoga on River Volkhov. Now I have to wait for book five. Feb 14, Phoebe Matthews rated it it was amazing.
Book 3 left us on a cliffhanger with the hero halfway between an oncoming army and a ship in the river.
I waited years for book 4. The author explains that there was a delay due to regaining rights, etc, a common occurance in today's changing publishing world. Now it is out and filled with action and great scenes and historical info and terrifying battles and all that stuff and I adored it so I won't do a spoiler but let me just say, I do hope the author is working hard and fast on the next book Book 3 left us on a cliffhanger with the hero halfway between an oncoming army and a ship in the river.
Now it is out and filled with action and great scenes and historical info and terrifying battles and all that stuff and I adored it so I won't do a spoiler but let me just say, I do hope the author is working hard and fast on the next book.
For anyone who loves Viking history, Roberts puts it in an exciting series. This series is best read as one continuous novel and since each book is relatively short, it might all fit into one novel , in the tradition of Scandinavian epics. Or like TV shows. So it's hard to review each installment as its own book.
This one was bit more disappointing than the rest, since nothing major was resolved, and new problems arose for Halfdan. But I'm hooked and will read the next book.
I fully expect to see some resolutions. If they're not there by the end, I may change my review This series is best read as one continuous novel and since each book is relatively short, it might all fit into one novel , in the tradition of Scandinavian epics. If they're not there by the end, I may change my review! Nov 08, Kate rated it liked it Shelves: Book Four in the Strongbow Saga picks up the adventures of former Slave Halfdan as he and his fellow Danes search for the men who killed his brother.
The band under the command of Jarl Hastein encounter pirates and sea battles as they journey across Scandinavia in search of Toke, his band and Halfdan's kidnapped sister Sigrid. Extremely we'll-researched with lots of factual info about 9th century Viking life. Of course it is set up for book 5 in the saga - release date unknown.
Jan 01, Tiani rated it really liked it Shelves: I was so excited when I found that this book had been released, after so long waiting for it! I don't know how but I was under the impression that it would be the conclusion to the series, but I definitely don't mind! The characters and story line is well written and offers insight into a completely different culture. I will definitely be reading the next one: Good story but no end. Guess you need to download the next book to see what will happen.
I will not. Jul 07, Erling rated it really liked it.
The best book so far in the Strongbow saga. The story is simply written and easy to follow. That I had not expected. As much as I hated her, I could not deny that she showed courage in doing so. The three of us strode toward the open door of the longhouse.
Tore and I had our shields slung across our backs and our bows raised and at ready. Torvald held his shield angled in front of him, covering his chest and neck, and he carried a spear cocked back, ready to throw. The moment when he entered the doorway would be the most dangerous. Tore and I would cover him as best we could.
Something nagged at the back of my mind. I stared at the faces of the frightened folk huddled behind Gunhild and realized that Toke and his men were not the only ones missing.
Where is Ubbe? It was not surprising she did not recognize me. And I was not the boy she had last seen. I was a warrior now. The beginnings of a beard lined my jaw. And around my right arm was the torque of solid gold that Ragnar Logbrod himself had given me. I wore it now because I wished to make a strong impression when I first reappeared at my former home.
I was no longer Halfdan, the former slave. I was the warrior Strongbow. I had not counted on this. I loosened the strap under my chin and pulled my helm from my head. I have returned. Gunhild staggered back. She would have fallen had those behind her not supported her. You must tell me. Where is Toke? Are he and his men still inside? Where are Sigrid and Ubbe?
The expression of wonder that had filled his face a moment before was replaced by a look of pain and fear. Your books are amazing! So well written with detailed history and a great story. Thanks, Alysha.
Another alternative for the e-book version is Kobo—I do know they sell in New Zealand. The printed editions are printed and distributed by a print-on-demand publishing company called CreateSpace, which is owned by site. Non-US booksellers can apply at http: I have no idea what the shipping charges would be, though. Hope that helps.
Finally, after what seems like a decade of waiting. Better reread the first three fast! Well a tragic family event occurred during this Christmas that seriously put me behind the eight ball.
Just want to say thank you for writing this series. In fact I was just talking about how 4 years ago it helped me write my own 14, word story depicting me as the viking hero sailing to a foreign land to save my wife. Love these books. I loved the bit where they were chatting about the Norms….. Thanks very much. Many details of book 5 are still very much up in the air, although I know the broad strokes of the story.
Me freinds call me Valkyrie for my beleif is that of the Old gods the Norse gods which is the reason why i love this saga. Thanks, Cayla. I wrote for ten years before finally getting a book published. A Good Plan.