Frans gunnar bengtsson’s the long ships resurrects the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings roamed and rampaged from the northern fastnesses of Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean. Orm is then captured by the moors in Spain, where he is initiated into the pleasures of the senses and fights for the Caliph of Cordova.
Packed with pitched battles and blood feuds and told throughout with wit and high spirits, Bengtsson’s book is a splendid adventure that features one of the most unexpectedly winning heroes in modern fiction. Escaping from captivity, the christian monks, orm washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at those epicene creatures, and from which he then moves on to play an ever more important part in the intrigues of the various Scandinavian kings and clans and dependencies.
Eventually, orm contributes to the viking defeat of the army of the king of England and returns home an off-the-cuff Christian and a very rich man, though back on his native turf new trials and tribulations will test his cunning and determination. Bengtsson’s hero, red orm—canny, courageous, and above all lucky—is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take this place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships.
The Whale Road The Oathsworn Series, Book 1
With only a young girl as guide, their quest will lead them on to the deep waters of the 'whale road', toward the cursed treasure of Attila the Hun. Young orm rurikson is plucked from the snows of Norway to join his estranged father on the Fjord Elk, and becomes a member of the notorious crew – the Oathsworn.
And to a challenge that will test the very bond that holds them together. Hired as relic-hunters by the merchant rulers, and sent in search of a legendary sword of untold value to the new religion – their mission is treacherous. Discover something new with this limited-time discount on book one of the series.
The first in the oathsworn series, charting the adventures of a band of Vikings on the chase for the secret hoard of Attila the Hun. In time with the magnificent british museum viking exhibition, called ‘enthralling’ by fiction legend Bernard Cornwell, comes the Oathsworn series, and known for its blockbuster battles and powerful suspense.
Life is savage aboard a Viking raider.
Pirata: The Black Flag: Part one of the Roman Pirata series
The roman empire stretches from hispania in the west to Armenia in the east, Merchantmen roam the seas, transporting people, livestock and all manner of goods. And where there are merchant ships, there will be pirates. On a blustery night in the rough port of Piraeus, Captain Clemestes staggers drunkenly through the dark streets as he heads for his ship, Selene.
But little does he know of the dangers of his new world. It is ad 25. When the kind-hearted Clemestes suggests he joins Selene's crew, Telemachus sees no reason to refuse. Andrews. Then a man bursts from the shadows and by brute force drives the attackers away. Clemestes is astounded to find that he has been saved not by a powerful soldier, compelled to come to the aid of a stranger, or a fellow sailor, but by a half-starved youth, in the face of impossible odds.
The youth is telemachus, an orphan with a story that is both commonplace and tragic. When he becomes aware of the sinister figures following him, he fears the worst, for life is cheap in this den of thieves and cutthroats. J. The enthralling first ebook novella in the brand new Roman pirate series by Sunday Times bestselling authors Simon Scarrow and T.
Warlock New York Review Books Classics
Is summoned to the embattled town of warlock by a committee of nervous citizens expressly to be a hero, we feel, live up to his image; that there is a flaw not only in him, but finds that he cannot, at last, but also, in the entire set of assumptions that have allowed the image to exist. Oakley hall, mortal, in his very fine novel Warlock has restored to the myth of Tombstone its full, blooded humanity.
Wyatt earp is transmogrified into a gunfighter named Blaisdell who. For we are a nation that can, many of us, snap a color shot and drive away; and we need voices like Oakley Hall's to remind us how far that piece of paper, toss with all aplomb our candy wrapper into the Grand Canyon itself, still fluttering brightly behind us, has to fall.
Thomas Pynchon. It is the deep sensitivity to abysses that makes Warlock one of our best American novels. Before the agonized epic of warlock is over with—the rebellion of the proto-wobblies working in the mines, as precarious, the gunfighting, the struggling for political control of the area, with its law and order, mob violence, the personal crises of those in power—the collective awareness that is Warlock must face its own inescapable Horror: that what is called society, is as frail, as flesh and can be snuffed out and assimilated back into the desert as easily as a corpse can.
. First published in the 1950s, at the height of the McCarthy era, Warlock is not only one of the most original and entertaining of modern American novels but a lasting contribution to American fiction. Tombstone, in ways, arizona, during the 1880's is, our national camelot: a never-never land where American virtues are embodied in the Earps, and the opposite evils in the Clanton gang; where the confrontation at the OK Corral takes on some of the dry purity of the Arthurian joust.
The Thrice Named Man IV: Transsilvanian
The year is 245 ad and the Roman Empire is falling down a precipice. It will take a man with iron in his veins to set things right and accomplish the impossible. From a humble upbringing, a boy emerges who is destined to change history. This is the story of Lucius Domitius Aurelianus. Part iv: transsilvanianexiled and hunted by the Empire, Eochar and his companions flee north, finding refuge with the Thervingi.
He is set on avenging the murder of his father, but he soon finds himself immersed in the wars and politics of the Goths. Philip the Arab breaks his agreement with the tribes. Eochar is caught up in the conflict and forced to choose sides. But rome is no one’s plaything. The tribes form an alliance, setting in motion events that will shake the very foundations of Rome.
The barbarians, strike deep into the heart of Transsilvania, emboldened and hungry for revenge, to replace their lost tribute with the spoils of war. But all is not as it seems…Will Eochar and his friends prevail against the might and deceit of Rome? This time, the situation is different. Philip the arab requires a victory over the tribes to cement his reign, and a desperate man will stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
Soon, the barbarians face the mighty legions.
Augustus New York Review Books Classics
To tell the story, williams turned to the epistolary novel, a genre that was new to him, transforming and transcending it just as he did the western in Butcher’s Crossing and the campus novel in Stoner. Augustus is the final triumph of a writer who has come to be recognized around the world as an American master.
Winner of the 1973 national book award by the author of stoner in augustus, his third great novel, John Williams took on an entirely new challenge, a historical narrative set in classical Rome, exploring the life of the founder of the Roman Empire.
Bookends: Collected Intros and Outros
A brilliant, idiosyncratic collection of introductions and afterwords plus some liner notes by New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon—“one of contemporary literature’s most gifted prose stylists” Michiko Kakutani, New York Times. In bookends, pulitzer prize winning author michael chabon offers a compilation of pieces about literature—age-old classics as well as his own—that presents a unique look into his literary origins and influences, the books that shaped his taste and formed his ideas about writing and reading.
Chabon asks why anyone would write an introduction, or for that matter, read one. Chabon's answer is simple and simultaneously profound: "a hope of bringing pleasure for the reader. Likewise, afterwords—they are all about shared pleasure, about the "pure love" of a work of art that has inspired, awakened, transformed the reader.
James, the mysteries of pittsburgh; or a playful parody of lyrical interpretation in the liner notes for mark Ronson's Uptown Special, Chabon insists, the true purpose of which, ironically "the happiest of men"; the recognition that the worlds of Wes Anderson's films are reassembled scale models of our own broken reality as is all art; Chabon's own rude awakening from the muse as he writes his debut novel, is to "spread the gospel of sensible automotive safety and maintenance practices.
Galaxies away from academic or didactic, bookends celebrates wonder—and like the copy of The Phantom Tollbooth handed to young Michael by a friend of his father he never saw again—it is a treasured gift. R. His own daughter Rose prefers to skip them.
The Sagas of the Icelanders World of the Sagas
Sailing as far from the archetypal heroic adventure as the long ships did from home, and explore perennial human issues like love, hate, the Sagas are written with psychological intensity, peopled by characters with depth, fate and freedom. In iceland, the age of the Vikings is also known as the Saga Age.
A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world's great literary treasures, as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, ultimately, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled in Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured farther west to Greenland and, North America.
The Duke and the King Norman Genesis Book 11
Kings can make lords but lords like Rollo of Normandy can destroy Kingdoms. They think him old; they think he is weak! Viking blood courses through his veins. In the last book in the norman genesis series, we see the first steps to making Normandy the Duchy which will, by the 11th Century rule, half of Europe! .
He knows how to fight. When rollo becomes robert of Normand and gains control of Normandy, the other rulers think he will revert to his old barbarian ways.
Beasts Beyond The Wall Brothers Of The Sands Book 1
Colourful, impressive characters, vivid locations and well-researched history pulled together to make a truly memorable novel. But it’s not clear why. The mysterious, powerful servilius Structus sends them deep into Scotland, land of the Caledonii, to find and secure a woman and her young son. In the dog days of rome, with decadence and corruption in the air, the consequences of their failure are far greater than they could ever dream: not only their lives but the Empire itself is at stake.
Roll on low's next epic, anthony riches, ben kane, i say' sja turney, author of the knights Templar series'A great new series' Reader review'If you've read and enjoyed Harry Sidebottom, Robert Fabbri and M C Scott's Roman Trilogy, you will certainly enjoy this' Reader review . The fate of rome hangs on a mad mission to the edge of the world…Drust and Kag, two ring-hardened fighters who won their freedom with blood, are met with an unusual request.
Beasts beyond the wall is an epic tale of hardship, triumph, betrayal and brotherhood. And what could go wrong, heading over the last wall into the land of Darkness? Accompanied by Ugo, this crew of ex–gladiator rogues, Manius and Sibanus, Quintus, tricksters and bar-room philosophers will risk everything on an insane quest and a daring escape.
A searing, beasts beyond the wall is perfect for fans of Giles Kristian, gritty and blood-soaked historical adventure, David Gilman and Conn Iggulden. Praise for robert low'robert low, brings all the excitement, fraternity, a master of the storyteller's art, realism and plain joy of his Oathsworn to a whole new genre.
Butcher's Crossing New York Review Books Classics
Winter soon overtakes them: they are snowed in. In his national book award–winning novel Augustus, John Williams uncovered the secrets of ancient Rome. Once there, the three men abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter, however, so caught up in killing buffalo that they lose all sense of time. Before long andrews strikes up a friendship with one of them, ready for the taking, a man who regales Andrews with tales of immense herds of buffalo, hidden away in a beautiful valley deep in the Colorado Rockies.
. The journey out is grueling, but at the end is a place of paradisal richness. He convinces andrews to join in an expedition to track the animals down. He washes up in butcher’s Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher’s crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it.
Next spring, half-insane with cabin fever, and hunger, cold, they stagger back to Butcher’s Crossing to ﬁnd a world as irremediably changed as they have been. With butcher’s crossing, beautifully written western, his fiercely intelligent, Williams dismantles the myths of modern America. It is the 1870s, ﬁred up by emerson to seek “an original relation to nature, and Will Andrews, ” drops out of Harvard and heads west.