The Thrall's Tale
A vividly imagined chronicle of love, hatred, and revenge at a time when the Vikings were exploring to new worlds, Judith Lindbergh's spectacular debut novel takes its inspiration from Old Norse Sagas and creates...more
The characters: I couldn't connect with any of them.
Thorbjorg-seemed like she was lost in a haze most of the time. I really wanted to like her, and at times almost managed it, but because she seemed so disconnected to everything, I could never hang on to the feeling.
Katla-I felt so horrible for her... at first. Ye ...more
The Thrall's Tale surrounds three women of different standing in early Greenland. There is Katla, favored thrall (slave) of her house who is beautiful and brave. She goes from favor, to after a brutal rape and beating, a scarre ...more
I really wanted to like this novel. However, there was no real joy or poignant turning points in character or plot. There was no one character I found myself cheering for. Katla is damaged but then goes on to hate and damage psychologically her own daughter. Thorbjorg notes the growing malevolency in Bibrau and tries to wrench it out of her with utter strictness, which inc ...more
Katla is a slave girl, or thrall, in Iceland in AD985. When her master decides to move his household to Greenland, she too has to make the a perilous journey to an unknown land. With her, however, travel old grudges and troubles, and she is brutally raped and disfigured, scarred for life, ...more
The characters are certainly three dimensional and you'll come to care very much for most of them, pagan and Christian. The historical re ...more
Why did I only give it three stars? It took me three years to read this book. I did not form much of a connection with the characters. Each character had his or her moments when I started to care about them and their journey, ...more
My one thing that I learned from this book, which is kind of cool, is that the English word "enthrall" presumably comes from the Norse word "thrall" (which meant slave).
Overall, disappointing book. Had great promise, and might have been ...more
Being a big fan of history - Norse history in particular - I was thrilled when I found this at my local Borders (RIP) and couldn't wait to dive in and read.
While I do have to give props to the author and the amount of research she did, the whole story was just way too disjointed (each chapter had a different narrator) and the characters were just awful and poorly written.
Needless to say, I was less than enthralled with The Thrall's Tale. And it had such promis ...more
The first thing about this ...more
This is the story of Katla, a thrall (a slave). Set in Greenland, we learn right away about the brutal rape of Katla by her master's son. A rape that left her maimed and nearly destroyed. Thorbjorg, a seer, takes the beaten and pregnant Katla in. Thorbjorg becomes a surrogate mother to Bibrau, the baby produced by the rape. Katla is so fractured by her assualt that she cannot even look at her own daughter, because all she sees in the evil of her father. Bibrau ...more
Otherwise, I liked the book.
Judith Lindbergh devoted ten years to researching and writing The Thr ...more
This passage refers to a thrall (slave) who once belonged to a "witch" and is now a freed Christian. Her former owner accepts her grief over her husband's death and comforts her, while the priest condemns her for her lack of faith in God's plan} This metaphor made so much sense to me. Offer acceptance instead of condemnation (which applies to many other su ...more