God's Hammer is a Viking historical fiction novel that tells the story of Hakon Haraldsson and his brutal fight for the High Seat of Viking Age Norway.
AD 935: The North is in turmoil. King Harald Fairhair has died, leaving the High Seat of the realm to his murderous son, Erik Bloodaxe. To solidify his claim, Erik ruthlessly disposes of all claimants to his throne save one: his youngest brother Hakon.
Erik's surviving enemies send a ship to Wessex, where Hakon is being fostered in the Christian court of King Athelstan. Unable to avoid his fate, Hakon returns to the Viking North to face his brother and claim his birthright. Armed with his dream of becoming the first Christian king of his father's realm, yet confronted with the limitations of his youth and the hostility of the Northmen he would rule, Hakon soon learns that victory might come only by sacrificing that which he holds most dear.
God's Hammer is available for print and Amazon Kindle in English-speaking markets. To find the book in your market, click here. If you prefer listening to your books, God's Hammer is also available in audiobook format.
Praise for God’s Hammer:
“Author Eric Schumacher put together a rousing story of warfare, religious strife and tested friendships.”
- Mercedes Rochelle, author of "Heir to a Prophecy"
“Eric Schumacher has created the most evocative tale in his stunning novel — God's Hammer.”
- Mary Anne Yarde, author of The Du Lac Chronicles
“Eric Schumacher skillfully weaves fact and fiction together in a pulse-pounding saga of that keeps you turning the pages.”
- Preston Holtry, author of the Arrius Trilogy
“I do encourage and recommend this very enjoyable and at times moving depiction of Hakon's story.”
- Rebecca Wilson, The Fantasy Guide
“one of my favorite reads of the year. It has great historical immersion, an engaging plot, internal and external conflict on multiple levels, and complex characters.”
- David Wiley, author of multiple fantasy and sci-fi stories
“History, legend, and fiction blend together with an expert hand in “God’s Hammer”, a gripping historical fiction novel by Eric Schumacher.”
- Thomas Quinn Miller, author of The Soulstone Prophecy Series
“An excellent mix of history and where the record is thin, plausible fiction completes the story. Very well done historical fiction.”
- The International Review of Books
“I highly recommend this historical fiction novel, both for its entertaining story and historical information…” - Historical Fiction Review
“I was immediately drawn in and captivated by God’s Hammer, such is the credit due to Eric for his skill in weaving the tale.”
- Poppy Coburn, book blogger
“Mr Schumacher stands ready to be a ‘Great’ in a world full of mediocre authors.”
— Dads and Dragons