How much would you sacrifice to rule a kingdom?

That is the central question that Hakon Haraldsson must answer in GOD'S HAMMER. It is not an atypical question for the Dark Ages. There are countless stories of warlords and kings dying in their pursuit of the throne, or dying to protect it. Yet Hakon’s story stuck a chord with me because Hakon was not the typical Viking leader.

Why Hakon?

A number of people have asked me over the years why I chose Hakon Haraldsson (or "Hakon the Good" as the sagas call him) as the protagonist in the GOD'S HAMMER series (yes - it'll be a series. I promise). While we don't know all of the facts of Hakon's life, we do know that even if marginally true, Hakon's story takes many of the norms of Viking literature and turns them on their head. In many ways, Hakon is the anti-Viking, yet a memorable hero nonetheless. And that's precisely what drew me to him.

Review: God of Vengeance

Giles Kristian's novel, God of Vengeance, is a gripping tale that had me hooked from the first page. The story centers on Sigurd, a young warrior whose family is betrayed and killed by their own king. Left with a few loyal friends and a bag of hack silver, Sigurd must find a way to gather a war band capable of taking on his powerful enemies and avenge his family. In other words, he must achieve the seemingly impossible.