**Awesome Blog** The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Grave Ransom.

Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp


Title: The Half-Drowned King

Author: Linnea Hartsuyker

Published Date: August 1st 2017

Genre: Epic Fantasy


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Since the death of Ragnvald Eysteinsson’s father in battle, he has worked hard to protect his sister Svanhild and planned to inherit his family’s land when he comes of age. But when the captain of his ship tries to kill him on the way home from a raiding excursion, he must confront his stepfather’s betrayal, and find a way to protect his birthright. It is no easy feat in Viking-Age Norway, where a hundred petty rulers kill over parcels of land, and a prophesied high king is rising.

But where Ragnvald is expected to bleed, and even die, for his honour, Svanhild is simply expected to marry well. It’s not a fate she relishes, and when the chance to leave her stepfather’s cruelty comes at the hand of her brother’s arch-rival, Svanhild is forced to make the ultimate choice: family or freedom.

Drawing from the Icelandic Sagas, The Half-Drowned King takes inspiration from the true story of Ragnvald of Maer, the right hand man of King Harald Fairhair, first king of all Norway, and his sister, Svanhild, as she tries to find freedom in a society where the higher her brother rises, the greater her worth as a political pawn.


***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Melanie – #NerdGirlVamp’s  Review***

This book could not have landed on my doorstep at a more opportune time.  As my husband and I are currently binging the TV series this was the perfect story to occupy my time while he was at work!

This book pulls you in from page one.  There is so much action, so much drama, so much betrayal, it really can only be described as epic!  It was great to see more input form a strong female character, something not generally attempted in this genre, but done in what felt like a very realistic for that time kind of way.

The only thing that stopped this from being a true 5 star read for me was I thought about 2/3 of the way through it lost just a little of the momentum that it had from the beginning, but it didn’t stop me racing to the end … it was just enough that it had to lose a bit (although for posting purposes I will be rounding up).

If you love Vikings you will love this!  I cannot wait for the next installment in this trilogy to see what happens next!

A well earned 4 1/2 stars from me!



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