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Summary

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In the Orkney Isles, a young woman flees her home to save the life of her unborn child. Eighteen years later, a witch foretells that evil from her past is reaching out again to threaten her son. 

Outlawed from his home in Iceland, Einar Unnsson is thrown on the mercy of his uncle, the infamous Jarl Thorfinn ‘Skull Cleaver’ of Orkney. He joins forces with a Norse-Irish princess and a company of wolfskin-clad warriors to become a player in a deadly game for control of the Irish Sea, where warriors are the pawns of kings and Jarls and the powerful are themselves mere game pieces on the tafl board of the Gods. 

Together they embark on a quest where Einar must fight unimaginable foes, forge new friendships, and discover what it truly means to be a warrior. As the clouds of war gather, betrayal follows betrayal and Einar realises the only person he can really trust is himself. Not everyone will survive, but who will conquer all in Odin’s game?

©2020 Tim Hodkinson (P)2020 Booktrack

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Really enjoyable

Great characters and an interesting plot, combined with superb historical knowledge and an excellent narrator makes this one of the best sagas I’ve encountered.

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Loved it

Loved it, at first I wasn't to sure about the main character then he grew on me. i hope they release the other 2 books as audiobooks.

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story was ok, interesting to hear how it continues.
the wolf warriors was the captivating part.

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Brilliant hours flew by

Loved it can't wait to get stuck into the rest of the series will start straight away the best narrator I've come across top drawer.

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Odin's Game

Einar has never fought a battle, never held a sword but in a month is fighting and killing battle hardened warriors for me is unbelievable. The narration was not convincing for me, a voice with more gravitas would be better for a viking story. Disappointing.

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Enthralling

It took me about 3 chapters to really get into this story, but after that I was enthralled.
The way that Tim brings the characters to life was magical!
Can't wait to start the next book.

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Brilliant Fantasy Adventure

Fantastic fantasy adventure. Very exciting and made my car journeys a lot easier! I highly recommend this to any fan of Fantasy Adventures like Lord of the Rings or ASOIAF. Not as epic, but just as fun. It's like discovering your favourite indie movie.

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Great start to the series.

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  • 03-06-22

More a young adult book

To me this book is more for young adults in my opinion. The story was easily predictable more often than not. Some of the events, like sea sickness, doesn't seem plausible for a group of Vikings sailing. Also did not enjoy the narrator. Most characters had a very slow, bland voice that made it very boring. Overall the story wasn't bad and again I could see a young adult being more entertained. Also much less vulgar, or depicting than other stories similar to this one.

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  • D.Rockwood
  • 07-09-21

Great start

I really enjoyed the first book in this series. It moves at a very quick pace. I didn't want to put it down. I ended up finishing it in 3 nights. Starting book 2 immediately

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  • Gael Dalton
  • 31-05-22

Slow start great finish

This started out so slowly I thought I’d abandon it. Then it picked up speed and that continued all the way to the end. The author assumes the reader knows nothing at all about Norse mythology and history, but I expect the tutorial aspect will recede in the next installment.