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Erlings Word

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The Vikings had killed Ailill's parents, raped his sister and kidnapped him. Stripped of his family, his home, his faith and his freedom, he saw no future but slavery. Then he was mistaken for a priest and rescued by the Norwegian noble Erling Skjalgsson. Now "Father" Ailill must face the dangers of life in a hostile land, the enmity of those who cling to the old gods, and ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Baen Books
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Oct 24, 2008 Loren rated it really liked it

Christian fiction -- the phrase alone is enough to set most bibliophiles’ teeth on edge. Gone are the days of C.S. Lewis and Walter Miller, Jr. publishing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, of Flannery O’Connor penning the perfect Southern Gothic, of Dorothy Sayers introducing Lord Peter Wimsey to the world with a combustible “Oh, damn!” That is to say, gone are the days when Christian authors penned narratives that went beyond pabulum, narratives that main
Jacob Aitken
One of the few books that attempts to present the Christian history of medieval Norway in a fair light. At times raw and blunt, Walker's writing captures some of the "ragged faith" of Flannery O'Connor. His protagonists are never pretty. There is a comedic irony to it all: God really does choose the worst people to be his messsengers.

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Walker does a good job at characterization and is ability to weave subplots (not plots, mind you). His crafting of a story and its difficultie
Dec 27, 2013 Kent rated it it was amazing
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An Irishman, captured by Vikings, pretends to be a Christian priest in order to avoid death. Father Ailill serves as Erling Skjalgsson’s priest in Norway, where Erling, a prominent lord, is one of few Christians among many worshippers of the old Norse gods, like Thor and Odin. Set just before the turn of the 11th century, Father Ailill slowly comes to embrace the Christianity he administers.

There are a variety of things one might be put off by: violence, sexuality, supernatural creatures and vis
Mar 16, 2016 Henry added it
I absolutely loved this. This is what all Christian fiction ought to be. This was a great story, there were deep themes, and it was faith-affirming. Maybe my favorite Christian fiction ever - it was really that good. I don 19t think the author and I come out the same place on theological issues - I don 19t think very much of the important idea of 1Crisk 1D that he presents. But even so, there were parts of this book that strengthened my faith and Jesus. This is just very well done.
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Aug 26, 2015 Kirsten Elvers rated it did not like it
A bit strange. Seems like the inspiration for the series "Vikings".
Jun 09, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it
The only thing to dissuade the potential reader from picking this particular volume is that the entire book was re-published together with "The Ghost in the God-Tree" in the volume "The Year of the Warrior" (2000). At any rate, the story stands on its own, and a collector will certainly want the 1997 publication. It is as good as modern pulp fantasy can get. Especially, I think, the book finds its strength in good dialog and historical research, and in believable, messy moralities of authentic c ...more
Oct 23, 2009 Bill rated it really liked it
Great fantasy!
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Walker is a native of Kenyon, Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis. He has worked as a crabmeat packer in Alaska, a radio announcer, a church secretary and an administrative assistant and is presently librarian and bookstore manager for the schools of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations in Plymouth, Minnesota. He is the author of "The Year of the Warrior" and other novels and is the edito ...more
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