Cloak and Dapper

Ordinary Objects in the Sagas By Steven T. Dunn (Fjorn the Skald) Legendary swords, enchanted jewelry, golden arm-rings…these are the (very shiny) objects that we all drool over—and the Norse weren’t any different. When a ‘mysterious’ old man barges into your party and plunges a sword into a tree—that’s pretty epic. When a dwarf forgesContinue reading “Cloak and Dapper”

An Interview with Tim Hardie

Hi everyone! Today I’m delighted to present to you an interview with fantasy and Norse inspired author Tim Hardie, whose debut Hall of Bones is in the SPFBO final this year! About Tim I grew up in the seaside town of Southport in the north west of England during the 1970s and 1980s. This wasContinue reading “An Interview with Tim Hardie”

An Interview with Giles Kristian

Hi Norsevember folks. Today I’m excited to share with you my interview with historical fiction author Giles Kristian! Giles Kristian is an English novelist, known for his action adventure novels in the historical fiction genre. He is best known for his Raven series, about a young man’s coming of age amongst a band of VikingContinue reading “An Interview with Giles Kristian”

Bullshit and Battleaxes

Myths and reality of Norse armour and weaponry. By J. C. Duncan You cannot watch a Viking film or TV show or see any pop culture reference to them without being bombarded with anachronisms. Books are generally better, but not always. I always believed myself to be fairly well educated on the subject and cynicalContinue reading “Bullshit and Battleaxes”

Repton and the Great Heathen Army

I live near a small village called Repton. You might actually be more familiar with it than you might have been a couple of years ago if you’re a gamer; it’s featured heavily in the Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla video game. Of course, it’s historically inaccurate but I appreciated the reference. Modern day Repton is expensiveContinue reading “Repton and the Great Heathen Army”

Shackled Fates – Review

A stunning journey through friendship, pain, strength, death, love and mythology; a story worthy of Asgard’s full attention. How could anything surpass Northern Wrath, one of my favourite ever books? I guess I’m going to have to explain how indeed with this review, because Shackled Fates is mind-blowingly brilliant. Again, as with Northern Wrath, ThildeContinue reading “Shackled Fates – Review”

Creation – Review

Creation is a fun read that doesn’t take itself too seriously (though asks serious questions), with some clever references and Larssen’s trademark wit making this an entertaining start to the ‘Why Odin Drinks’ series. Bjørn Larssen returns with a new short story series called ‘Why Odin Drinks’ – I think from the series title aloneContinue reading “Creation – Review”

A Norsegarde Norsevember

Hi everyone, Happy Halloween! What’s so special about Halloween? Well, it’s the day before Norsevember of course. And this year I’ve got a special exclusive discount to bring you from the great people over at Norsegarde. Norsegarde is a Norse themed jewellery store with some really cool items. If you’re already eager to check outContinue reading “A Norsegarde Norsevember”

An Altar on the Village Green – Review

A triumph for self published fantasy, An Altar on the Village Green is an ambitious and unique read that shows what can be achieved when the shackles are off. Nathan Hall has written an absolutely fantastic book that appealed to me in so many ways. I’d been searching for a fantasy or sci-fi with aContinue reading “An Altar on the Village Green – Review”