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3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  206 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
In Viking Age Iceland, where boys are expected to grow into strong farmers and skilled warriors, there is little place for a sickly twelve-year-old boy like Kol until he catches the eye of a seið-woman—a sorceress—and becomes her apprentice. Kol travels to the sorceress’s home, where her grandson, Thorbrand, takes Kol under his wing. Before long Kol discovers something ...more
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published May 31st 2012 by Harmony Ink
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Deja Dei
Sep 04, 2013 Deja Dei rated it it was amazing
This was a great YA title for a lot of reasons.

1. It isn't simplistic and it doesn't talk down to younger readers the way some YA titles do. Nothing pisses me off worse than when I read a book, and I feel like, the author felt like it was good enough for YA. A lot of the the more mainstream YA books totally feel like that to me, like the author doesn't think YA readers will notice the plot holes, the flat characterization, etc. Well, they do. This book, on the other hand, feels like it was given
Kaje Harper
Jan 05, 2014 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, ya, historical, paranormal
One of the biggest strengths of this young-adult historical/paranormal story is the authenticity of the unusual setting - the life of a gay boy growing to manhood in Viking Iceland. Kol is gifted with magical abilities which lead to his apprenticeship to a local seið-woman — a sorceress. This gets him away from the rough life on his father's farm, and brings him into the household of a boy he is becoming attracted to, Thorbrand. However being gay is not accepted, especially for a boy like ...more
John Inman
Jul 20, 2015 John Inman rated it it was amazing
Seidman by James Erich is a wonderful read. I think it takes a writer with special talents to be able to transport his reader to another continent, another age, to another civilization, and make it seem real and honest and true to life. This book should be rated with some of the greats in the historical genre for it's as good as any of them, and better than a lot. The writing was impeccable, the plotting solid, and the characters were as alive an any characters I've ever read. This glimpse into ...more
Dec 09, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This story is very compelling, I was hooked from the very first page. The book is written from Kol's point of view. I thought the author did a good job keeping the overall historical timeline for the Viking era and seamlessly integrated family, culture, the settings, the characters' lives on the farms and religion without the reader feeling like they were reading a history book. A lot of research seems to have gone into it and it felt authentic. I like how the author portrayed the characters ...more
John Ames
Jan 05, 2014 John Ames rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that when I saw this novel and read the name, I thought I was in for a very boring book. But, after reading the first pages, I knew I had made a big mistake: I judged a book by its cover.

Seidman stars Kol. Now, Kol is a little farm boy that never seemed to fit in with his family. His dad found him weak and his brother hated him for being weak. But one day, he meets Alfdis, a powerful sorceress, and his life completely changes.

I don't want to give the story away, but this novel t
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James Erich is definitely one of my favorite authors in the YA LGBT genre of writing....

I tentatively read his other trilogy, Dreams of Fire & Gods, just last month and i was a bit apprehensive simply because I usually dislike Fantasy books or books from other time periods as the language and "slang" is hard for me to wrap my mind around. I fell in love with the trilogy(DONEGH FTW<3) and I became a f
Christopher Moss
Oct 16, 2013 Christopher Moss rated it really liked it
A young adult novel stars Kol, a young man in Iceland in 994 AD, not far off the voyage Leif Erickson made to what we now call the Maritime Provinces in North America. He lives on a typical Icelandic sheep farm with his brother, mother and a father who disparages him as weak because he is subject to seizures at odd times. When the sorceress Alfdis visits his family, she recognizes his psychic potential and makes him her apprentice. This means he must live with her family, which suits him just ...more
Apr 20, 2013 PaperMoon rated it really liked it
This coming of age tale is set in stone-age Viking times when the fierce and dreaded Norsemen rule over other races of northern Europe and when Viking culture, belief systems and spiritual interactions with the divine begin to come into contact and conflict with the (as-yet) barely understood power of the Christian belief system.

13 year old Kol (so named for his dark eyes and hair) comes of age on a bleak and windblown farm in Iceland. His father’s liege-lord has a slightly older red-haired son
Jamie Deacon
Feb 10, 2014 Jamie Deacon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I’ve never actually read a novel set during the Viking era before, and this one turned out to be a real treat. Seidman is a highly original coming of age novel that blends sorcery, adventure, and a touching love story. The effort to which the author has gone to research the period is obvious. Culture, religion, folklore … he weaves it all seamlessly into the narrative, bringing it to life without in any way slowing the pace.

Kol may have been raised on his family’s homestead in Iceland, but his s
Catherine Dale
Jun 18, 2012 Catherine Dale rated it really liked it
This isn't really my sub-genre of choice - or at least, it wasn't until I read it! I had no real interest in Vikings, before, but now I'm thinking I might need to do a little more reading...

The story is compelling - a coming of age tale set in a fascinating time period. I like the way the author got inside the mindset of the characters; because Kol's way of thinking is more 'modern', he was an effective intermediary between my attitudes and those of the hardcore Vikings. And Thorbrand was compel
Aug 07, 2014 Grw rated it really liked it
This is a really good book, even more so that it is aimed at the Young Adult market, although if you read it you'd never notice that. There's nothing patronizing here. No lengthy explanations of even the most obvious thing, with just the story telling the tale, and what a tale.

Set in pre-Christian Iceland, with occasional trips to Norway, we are focused on the life of a definitive boy, who feels he doesn't fit in with his farming family. Turns out there's a reason for that, and it isn't just tha
Jan 15, 2015 dale rated it really liked it
The idea of it being an adventure and a fantasy book made it much better. It was really thrilling and suspenseful that you never get bored. I hardly put the book down. The character development was a huge change since they started as a young and naïve farmer boys and turned into brave warriors throughout the years. (view spoiler)
Aug 02, 2013 Bunnythymes rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I read a YA book and I'm glad I chose this one. I am not versed with Norse mythology beyond what I watched in the old Thor cartoons and the present crop of Thor movies. The recent television series called Vikings and the BBC documentary with the same title I am aware of; but I have avoided watching a full episode until i have the time for a marathon.

So it was refreshing to read about the old Norse religion interwoven into a coming of age story of a seidr (warlock/sorcerer
This falls as a middle of the road story for me. I liked it, but the pace was a little slow for my taste. And while I loved all of the historical elements they were a a little "teach-y" at times at didn't feel as well integrated into the story as I would have liked. They often took me out of the flow of the story and were repeated numerous times so they began to feel repetitive. Overall I'd give this 3.5 stars.

On the other side I really did enjoy Kol. His youth and his confusion and growth were
Nov 26, 2013 Jeffery rated it really liked it
A story set in Viking Age Iceland, focusing on the lives of sorcerers, farmers and warriors, Seidman (magic man) tells a memorable and breathtaking story with simple but effective language. This is a true page-turner and I reckon its length makes it fit perfectly within a reading in one-sitting on a weekend afternoon. The exploration of magic and farm life and kings and queens isn't deep, but that's exactly how I liked it -- a romance and coming-of-age story with a mystical backdrop. I'm sure ...more
Rebeca Araya
I can honestly say that Seidman is one of my favorite book. I hadn't read a book set during the Viking era but I'm glad I came across this one. I think James got his point across loud and clear with this one, and I wouldn't think twice when recommending it. The M/M romance was just the cherry on top, it made Kol and Thorbrand's relationship edgy and interesting.

I honestly couldn't put the book down and I would read it again and again.
Its a shame it goes up to 5 stars because I would give it to
Oct 05, 2013 Acerbus rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-romance
Overall a good read. The plot is nicely complicated for such a short Young Adult novel. It is perhaps a bit too violent for some readers (not really explicitly so, though) and is quite tragic at times. The ending is the only part I disliked since, although perhaps more true to the time period, definitely left feeling unfulfilled. I wish I had books like this to read when I was growing up and I still recommend it but probably just check it out from the library if you can.
Eon Beaumont
Jan 20, 2013 Eon Beaumont rated it it was amazing
What a great read. Kol is a very sympathetic character. He starts out a little weak and stuff happens to him without him doing anything about it and I usually hate that but he does nut up and take the reins totally redeeming himself. And it's believable. He's young he's not a manly man in a manly man's world. The book starts out like Kol a little slow to build but once it gets there it's awesome. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Jan 03, 2016 Brandilyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free, mm, read-2014
Reviewed by Brandilyn for Prism Book Alliance. I am not worthy to review this book. I often find myself saying this when I finish a title by Jamie Fessenden or his YA alter-ego James Erich. Though I would hardly limit his James Erich penned work as "young adult." It is fantasy at it's finest. Seidman is no different.
Dawn Albright
Feb 22, 2013 Dawn Albright rated it really liked it
My son enjoyed this, although he was a bit younger than the target audience. He loved the Viking setting, and the matter-of-fact way magic was presented.
Erica Pike
Wonderful. I was a little bit hesitant about reading it, since some authors write my Viking ancestors so wrong, but James Erich did an excellent job. I love that the book was set in Iceland ^.^
Kristy Maitz
Aug 18, 2012 Kristy Maitz rated it really liked it
Story plot is really interesting and getting to know Kol Bjarnason was good journey. Even so I am unsatisfied with the ending. Maybe because everything is so vague.
Dec 03, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!

I absolutely loved this book and definitely recommend it! I look forward to reading more from this author as well.
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Genre: M/M Paranormal
Rated: 4.5 hearts

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Jana Downs
Jun 13, 2012 Jana Downs rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book. Truly enjoyable and fast-paced read that I would definitely recommend. Loved it.
Sep 30, 2016 Nijimi rated it really liked it
Une histoire bien construite et des personnages intéressants.

On plonge dès la première page en plein dans la culture viking et le quotidien difficile de Kol :
Fils de fermier, sa stature frêle et ses évanouissements agacent son père et son frêre, qui ne se gênent d'ailleurs pas pour le lui faire comprendre. Seule sa mère lui porte de l'affection et prend soin de lui autant qu'il lui est permis par son mari. Kol est donc le mouton noir de la famille et on sent bien que la question de son avenir
Anne Freya
Apr 28, 2015 Anne Freya rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel, lgbtqqiaap
4.5 stars

Viking. Setiap kali mendengar kata ini, yang langsung terbersit di benakku adalah bajak laut berhelm tanduk, para cowok kasar nan kekar raksasa berambut gondrong awut-awutan dengan janggut yang panjang dan lebat, yang hobinya berkelahi, merampok, dan minum ale.

Sebenarnya baru segelintir saja tema viking yang kubaca, yaitu The Sea of Trolls, The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice #4), Wolfsangel (yang tidak berhasil kuselesaikan) dan manga Vinland Saga. *Baru baca vol 1 dan belum ad
Sarah Liana
Sep 21, 2016 Sarah Liana rated it liked it
Seidman contained a very interesting setting, promising story and characters. Normally I have no problem with YA novels and personally I think this one was one the explicit side of YA, but for me it lacked a bit of emotional depth. Longing, sadness, love was described, but I could not really feel it through the lines of the novel.

But overall it was a good read and an interesting glimpse into Norsk mythology.
Jun 14, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I had a few issues with this book, but at the same time I couldn't put it down. The writing style is very simple, and I felt the story was more plot driven vs character driven. Yet I eagerly devoured it, wanting to hear more about Kol and Thorbrand.

One of the main issues I had may not be all together fair. The problem with any M/M Historical Romance (though I'd be reluctant to classify this title so simply) is that history has not been overly kind to LGBT peoples. The promise of a happy ending i
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James Erich has had a passion for young adult fiction since he was a teenager himself. In his high school and college years, he was saddened to see how few positive stories with gay protagonists there were, but is delighted to see that changing. Though he has previously published adult titles under another pen name, James recently joined the ranks of YA novelists, with the publication of his first ...more
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“ 'Are our gods better than Olaf's god?'

Alfdis laughed. 'That's a silly question. Gods are gods. Our gods have been with us since the beginning of the world. We sacrifice to them, and they aid us when they see fit. Other people have their own gods and their own ways of dealing with them. That's their concern.' ”
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