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Viking Fire (Conquest Trilogy #2)

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In 1035, a young fifteen year old Viking is dragged wounded from the battle. Left for dead, for the next twenty years his adventures lead him over mountains, down the length of Russia and ultimately to Constantinople and the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Drawn into political intrigue he will be the lover of Empresses, the murderer of an emperor; he will hold the balance of power
Hardcover, 379 pages
Published September 22nd 2016 by Little,Brown
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Oct 02, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Harald Hardrada is one of my FAVOURITE Viking Kings EVER! I have read both fictional & non-fiction books on his epic journey from zero to hero but I will confess Justin Hill's 2nd novel which focuses on this giant of Norse history, is the first that has made me fall deeply in love with him. Almost as much as I fell in love with King Cnut in Helen Hollick's Hollow Crown.
Harald's is a story that involves him facing and overcoming challenge after challenge and shaping him to be the great Norweg
Sep 17, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it
Thoroughly entertaining saga of the last great Viking, perhaps the greatest of them all, Harald Hardrada.

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Robin Carter
Sep 22, 2016 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing

Its been 5 years since Shieldwall, the immensely impressive first book in the Conquest Trilogy. I personally have been waiting for this book with bated breath (and i may have nagged him a few times), Justin Hill is a hugely talented writer, so when my advance copy landed i dived right in.

This book follows the life of Harald Hardrada, aka King Haraldr Sigurðarson given the epithet Hardrada (harðráði, roughly translated as “stern counsel” or “hard ruler”. Justin Hill takes his life story fro
Matthew Harffy
Oct 17, 2016 Matthew Harffy rated it it was amazing
Justin Hill is a terrific writer. His prose oozes poetry and a real sense of the time and place of his novels. In Harald Hardrada's saga, Viking Fire, Hill gives us a flawed and likable character, told in the Norwegian warrior-king's own words (as recounted to a priest in Britain before his death). This is the second of Hill's novels set during the build up of the Battle of Hastings. The first is Shieldwall, which is told from multiple viewpoints in third person. In Viking Fire, Hill has decided ...more
Andy Wormald
Oct 10, 2016 Andy Wormald rated it it was amazing
Following on from Shieldwall, this books centres on the life of Harold Hardrada and follows the story of a young boy who turns into a king and who ultimately ends his life at the battle of Stamford Bridge, yes we all know the ending but the story leading up to this is both fascinating and informative for me the height of great historical fiction, the writing is rich in descriptive passages of hard times, harsh landscapes and bloody battles, the characters brought beautifully to life on the ...more
Steven Teasdale
Oct 13, 2016 Steven Teasdale rated it it was amazing
Excellent book recommend everyone to check it out.
Stuart Pauley
Oct 13, 2016 Stuart Pauley rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Redman
Oct 07, 2016 Jonathan Redman rated it it was amazing
Story of Harald Hardrada from his life as the youngest son of a Norwegian lord, following his brother to war which ends up in his exile from his home land travelling through modern Russia to the service of the Eastern Roman Empire, where upon he becomes one of the most feared war leaders of the Middle Ages.

Spans a number of major battles as well as small skirmishes each of which is wonderfully written, and a period of 50 years living as a trader, traditional Viking through to lord and eventually
Deborah Pickstone
6 stars

I had been waiting for this for a long time.....well, it seemed a long time! Finally, last night I had it in one hot little hand the other was my Budgeting Course homework and there's just no competition, is there? What burgeoning Budget Advisory Person is going to pass up writing a cash flow for a mere novel? Well, I was always the most unlikely Budget Advisor anyone could ever have imagined (for so very many reasons!) so I chose the novel.

Justin Hill writes the story, the ver
Oct 22, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
il keep my review short and simple as i could never match Matthew Harffy's eloquence, and i would direct you there if you want to read a detailed and insightful synopsis of this book. from me i will just that I'm sure that this is a future classic on the life times of one of history's most memorable characters. this will sit high in my all time lists, and from the author of the magnificent and compelling Shieldwall. an essential reading companion to the era i think.
Marcus Wilson
Nov 16, 2016 Marcus Wilson rated it liked it
I like this writer a lot, he really brings the age he is writing about to life for me. Was expecting this book to be more action packed in the mould of Bernard Cornwells Last Kingdom, but it is nothing of the sort, the climatic Battle of Stamford Bridge being a little disappointing.
Haider Ali
Nov 02, 2016 Haider Ali rated it it was amazing
What a powerful read!
Well-researched and beautifully written. Unputdownable.
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Justin is an English novelist whose work has twice been nominated for the Man Booker Prize. He was born in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island in 1971 and was brought up in York. He was educated at St Peter's School, York, and was a member of St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University.

He worked for seven years as a volunteer with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in rural China and Africa, before returni
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Conquest Trilogy (2 books)
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