Odinn's Child: The Heroes of the North Live On (Viking Trilogy) (No. 1)

By Tim Severin

In 1001, the younger baby, Thorgils Leiffson, son of Leif the fortunate and Thorgunna, arrives at the seashores of Greenland to be cited through a tender woman—Gudrid. Thorgils is a rootless personality of quicksilver intelligence and flexibility. He has inherited his mother’s skill of moment sight, and his mentors educate him the traditional methods and warn him of the invasion of the “White Christ” into the land of the “Old Gods.” Guided through a stressed quest for event and the wanderlust of his preferred god, Odinn, Thorgils’ fortunes will take him into worlds of unbelievable hazard and discovery.

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Because the armies seemed on, the Norseman wandered in a circle, tripping and lurching, the part of his face smashed open through the awl, and he too fell and didn't upward thrust back. 'Can you spot the excessive King at any place? ' I heard a person ask in entrance of me. 'I imagine I stuck a glimpse of him prior, on horseback, yet he isn't there now,' a voice answered. 'That's his son Murchad over there at the left. He looks accountable. And his grandson is that cocky kid wearing a crimson tunic and blue leggings. ' I squinted in that path and observed a lad, more youthful than myself, status in entrance of 1 of the enemy divisions. He used to be grew to become to stand his males, Irishmen to pass judgement on by means of their costume, and he used to be waving his palms as he declaimed a few kind of encouraging speech. 'Dangerous puppy,' acknowledged a 3rd voice, 'like all his relations. ' 'But no signal of the excessive King himself, are you convinced? that is an advantage. ' It was once a similar guy who had requested the 1st query, and through the plaintive tone in his voice I guessed he used to be searching for a few braveness to cheer himself up. 'Not a lot varied from us then,' acknowledged a voice sourly. all of us knew what he was once conversing approximately. King Sigtryggr had now not anticipated to dupe the excessive King with the faux withdrawal of his Norse allies; he most well-liked to dupe his personal allies. whilst the longships had withdrawn the former night, Sigtryggr had promised to be prepared at the seashore subsequent morning to hitch forces with us. yet we chanced on watching for us in basic terms Mael Morda's Leinstermen and a number of other bands of bloodthirsty Irish volunteers from the northern province, Ui Neills they referred to as themselves. From Dublin's garrison there has been only a handful of troops, however the better of them, Sigtryggr's own bodyguard, have been totally absent. they'd stayed at the back of to guard Sigtryggr himself and Gormlaith, who had selected to monitor the end result of the conflict from their vantage element in the back of the security of Dublin's partitions. It used to be hardly ever a happy starting for our personal efforts, and that i suspected that a few of our males may were chuffed if King Sigtryggr's face have been on the contrary finish of the blows from their battleaxes. I had little time to reflect on King Sigtryggr's duplicity. At that second the enemy line started to circulate. It got here at us no longer in one organised rush, yet as a ragged, rolling cost, the Irish first letting free a excessive keening scream, which overlaid the deeper roar in their Norse allies. They ran ahead in a damaged torrent, brandishing axes, swords, pikes, spears. a couple of tripped at the tough floor and went sprawling, vanishing below the ft in their partners, however the ones on most sensible rushed on, made up our minds to collect as a lot pace as attainable earlier than they hit the protect wall. while the collision got here, there has been a tremendous, shattering crash like oak bushes falling within the woodland, and into the air flew an eerie cloud of gray and white sprinkled with brilliant flecks. It used to be the dirt and whitewash from a number of thousand shields that have been conscientiously wiped clean and repainted prior to the conflict. The thunderous establishing crash instantly gave solution to a careworn, indiscriminate chaos, the sound of axes thudding into bushes and stretched cowhide, the ringing conflict of metal on steel, shouts and curses, cries of discomfort, sobs of attempt, the scuffling grunts of fellows struggling with for his or her lives.

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