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The Norseman (The Norseman Chronicles #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  435 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
The Norseman is the first volume of the vividly-detailed historical chronicles of Halldorr, an orphan whose entire desire was to lay beside both a warm hearth and a plump wife, but fate had another thread to spin. Instead, he found himself exiled, resigned to a life of raiding, killing for plunder and survival. He became bodyguard to a king, brutally fighting in monumental ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published January 12th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published January 4th 2012)
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Apr 28, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
I didn't think I was going to like this book, I've found some viking literature to be overly graphic and lacking in actual plot; but by the end of it I was ready for the next in the series! It's a beatifully written, well researched story that carries you through and leaves you caring about the vast majority of the characters, however flawed they are.

I do wish I could do half stars as I would like to give this four-and-a-half.

The story centres around the story of Halldorr starting with the prelu
Feb 02, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
First...I don't usually read historical fiction, but this is Vikings, so it almost feels like reading fantasy a la Game of Thrones without so many dang characters to keep track of. In other words I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. A lot of good characters....hoping to see more Lief in the next one since our time was short in this one. Congratulations, Jason. I can't get over the fact that you wrote a NOVEL! Just doesn't add up with the Jason I knew, but really thrilled that you did it.
Sep 27, 2013 Jasmin rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book from the beginning because of the depth that the story had to it and all the characters were very real and most likable. I loved how weren't only about great battles but they were humorous were great friends to each other. It was a really great book over all and I can't wait to read the next in the series. I won this book through Goodreads First Reads.
Yvonne Lammon
Apr 14, 2012 Yvonne Lammon rated it it was amazing
Great book filled with interesting characters and suspense. Fife was a fun character in this book! Anxious to read the next book in this series.
Jan 29, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
I really enjoy historical fiction and this one did not disappoint!
Jan 18, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
I've read it (in pieces while my husband was writing it) and I'm finished with my second *uninterupted* read! ...and I liked it better! I love the comedy he throws in:) I like the fact that I can feel like I know more about Erik and his son Leif through Halldorr's freindship with them! I adore the fact that they are real. His characters have what I like, depth...they have problems they have to solve, people they don't like but have to deal with and joy! But they get to go on awesome sea adventur ...more
Steve Wilson
Jun 24, 2012 Steve Wilson rated it it was amazing
Received this book through Goodreads First Readx.

A very solid and enjoyable 1st book in a series which will be known as the Norseman Chronicles. Obviously well researched, this book lays the background for the series which I will look forward to reading. The author does a superb job in creating a realistic environment - you can almost feel the dirt, grime and sweat in which the characters lived. The characters are well devekoped and interesting. The war (battle scenes) are well described and gra
Jan 19, 2016 C.J. rated it it was amazing
I was delightfully surprised by this first-in-series. To be honest, I did not have high expectations going into it, but Mr. Born did a great job at keeping my attention and guiding me through his story. I would recommend this book to folks who are fans of indie authors of historical fiction (such as myself) and author such as D.W. Roach (Marauder series). Great work, Mr. Born!
Dec 25, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
Not my favorite of all Viking historical fiction, but a good one (3.5 stars), and surprisingly well written, despite its hyperbolic introduction above. Actually inspired me to do a little research of my own to compare actual events to this fiction.
Jan 17, 2015 Rob rated it liked it
A good 13 year tale highlighting the adventures of an upper class Viking. Several stories within the novel and it ends with the possibilities of more to come as our hero Halldorr embarks on a return home to Greenland.

This is the first book for the author and you can see q level of rawness in the writing. For example, some pretty major events just happen in 1 or 2 sentences. So Jason Born follows in the mold of Bernard Cornwell (the gold standard for Viking / middle age historical fiction), but n
Paul Bennett
Sep 29, 2015 Paul Bennett rated it it was amazing
what a tale...full review coming

Though I have been a prolific reader all of my life, I didn't embark on my reviewing career(?) until early in 2013. At that point I discovered, through some new author friends I made on social media, the wonders and benefits of sites such as WordPress and Goodreads. It was while setting up my to be read list on Goodreads that I added The Norseman by Jason Born, it being my intention to get to this pretty quick as I was hungry for some good Viking stories. Alas, my
Stefan Yates
Jun 16, 2014 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had a lot of fun reading this one. The storyline itself is very entertaining and moves along a good pace while still giving the reader time to settle in between exciting portions and really get to know the characters. But what really made this book so interesting was all of the history that the author has woven in with his fictional storyline. Characters and events from the time period appear here and there and and an extra richness to events. I also could tell that Mr. Born really did his hom ...more
Apr 29, 2016 Dave added it
I enjoyed this book and it's worth reading if you enjoy books such as the Bernard Cornwell Saxon Stories with Uhtred the Saxon. My only real complaint about this book is the ending was a little anti-climatic. This is because foreshadowing was a little too heavy. However, I still enjoyed it a lot and will read the next in the series.
Tim Jackson
Jun 01, 2014 Tim Jackson rated it it was amazing
This book surprised me. I've read a lot of historical fiction. Some of it is well done, some of it has flaws (poor character development, weak plot, too many liberties with history, etc.). This book is very well balanced: solid historical context, engaging plot, and excellent character development. I'll read more from Jason Born.
Sharon Shanler
Jun 03, 2015 Sharon Shanler rated it did not like it
I got this book because the ratings were so high, and it sounded like what I'd just finished. I found myself avoiding reading it once I started. I'm a huge fan of new authors, but this was just hard to read.
Patrick Allen
Jul 23, 2015 Patrick Allen rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, even though the author killed off characters I cared about (sorry Jason!)
Michael Elliott
Nov 29, 2014 Michael Elliott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing groundbreaking, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Fairly short book, but with at least 3 more books already published in the series I have plenty more to read. A lot of the storyline was predictable, but it's the type of bread-and-butter historical fiction that I find very enjoyable. On to book 2!
David Fuller
Jan 06, 2014 David Fuller rated it liked it
Decent - very obviously influenced by Bernard Cornwell (not that this is a bad thing). Not as immediately gripping as many of Cornwell's books, but still a good read. Will certainly read the second in the series at a later date
Jan 06, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it
This was a great historical fiction read. The basic story line has to do with the early settlement of Greenleand and Iceland. The story alludes that in future installments the settlement will include America.

Neil Hanson
The author's style and voice just didn't work well for me. I'm sure it works well for others, and I love this sort of story, it's just that this one wasn't for me.
Wes Carter
May 14, 2014 Wes Carter rated it it was amazing
Great book! I could hardly put it down. I was surprised how the story progressed, with the twists and turns. Love it!!
Jun 01, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
Solid historical fiction. Characters are fleshed-out nicely, good dialog, crisp action. I thoroughly enjoyed!
Nov 26, 2013 Allan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Interested in the Viking period
Recommended to Allan by: Jim Peterson
Good story teller who relied as much as possible on historical documentation of life in Skandinavia.
Reuben Chadwick
Jan 03, 2016 Reuben Chadwick rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book.
Mar 27, 2015 Debra rated it it was amazing
loved this book, now I reading the second in the series.
Joanne Martin
May 03, 2014 Joanne Martin rated it really liked it
really enjoyed, when I wasn't sure I would.
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Jason Born is the author of Lions & Devils, a series of adventure novels exploring the heroes and villains of the Muslim invasion of Europe in the Eight Century. The Wald Chronicles is a research-intensive set of historical novels detailing the Germanic tribesmen and their struggle against and improbable triumph over Rome. All three books in the series - The Wald, Wald Afire, & Wald Vengea ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Norseman Chronicles (5 books)
  • Paths of the Norseman (The Norseman Chronicles, #2)
  • Norseman Chief (Norseman Chronicles, #3)
  • Norseman Raider (The Norseman Chronicles, #4)
  • Norseman's Oath (The Norseman Chronicles, #5)

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“The following spring was a time of calving. Great icebergs calved from the vast glaciers which stretched down to our fjords from distant mountains. The heifers and cows of Kaupangen gave birth to over one hundred calves that spring. Most survived. Gudrod, the master shepherd, had seventy-five new lambkins skipping after their mothers. Ten sets of lamb twins were born in the city that year. Bitches had pups suckling at their breasts. The mountain goats that stood watch over the fjord, indifferently chewing on the wild grasses between the rocks, had kids following them on their steep paths. The residents of the city, too, gave birth. Twenty-one new healthy babies were born within thirty days of the spring equinox; boys and girls with thick blonde, brown, black, or red hair; others with smooth bald heads. Olaf, my third father, my king, had a son, stillborn. Olaf wept. Kenna wept. I wept as the boy was buried inside the casket with his mother in our graveyard by the church.” 5 likes
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