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King of the Wood

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
mass market
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 1986 by Tom Doherty Assoc Llc (first published 1983)
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Jun 16, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it
Hring Kristjanson, son of a the thegn of Long Isle, has been cast out of his religion (Christianity) and his nation (Treeland) for the crime of killing his half-brother (which he did, somewhat accidently, when filled with blood-lust during training). The book is something of an epic fictional biography of a man and his actions in North America, starting in 1485 when he is exiled.

Roberts has created an alternate world which breaks from our own time-line in 995 AD. In 995 AD, some pagan Norsemen,
Nov 07, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Well now, this book was a really rare gem. It is historical fiction with a heavy overlay of fantastical possibility. The writer blends many elements of the Americas together and involves cultures of many kinds. This is kind of a what if "these" peoples and "those" peoples ever butted heads. This book has been around for many years and I was turned onto it by a good friend, as we have a serious love for Conan books, and the writer has written some of the newer sets of these novels. Very good and ...more
Jun 21, 2009 Jack rated it did not like it
Why did I even get this book? I am not a fan of John Maddox Roberts. I've read 3 or 4 of his books - never was impressed.

But the idea of an alternate history in which the Norsemen establish kingdoms in North America was too good to pass up. I should have passed it up.

He compresses 30+ years of a man's life into 253 pages and there is so little character development, Robert E Howard could give me five pages and I would know what drives the man, what's in his soul - be it Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane
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Nov 27, 2012 Ralph L Jr. rated it really liked it
King of the Wood is a story about a warrior who is banned from his tribe of Norseman living in America for killing his half brother. He begins an arduous journey across the land, first meeting and becoming linked to a witch/priestess then eventually escaping from her and heading south. Along the way he has many high adventures including getting lost at sea, becoming part of the Aztec empire, journeying north from there where he becomes embroiled in Monguls and ends up conquering the aztecs, and ...more
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Feb 16, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it liked it
Interesting alternate history of the Vikings in North America. Recommended
Sep 21, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing
An old favorite of mine. A delightful mix of Saxons, Vikings, Aztecs and Mongols all fighting in a very different North America. Highly recommended
The Book Hermit
Feb 07, 2016 The Book Hermit rated it it was amazing
A great all around fantasy for Conan fans.
Jul 10, 2009 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed it.
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John Maddox Roberts is the author of numerous works of science fiction and fantasy, in addition to his successful historical SPQR mystery series. The first two books in the series have recently been re-released in trade paperback. He lives in New Mexico with his wife.
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