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Varanger (The Life and Times of Corban Loosestrife #4)

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Corban Loosestrife’s son Conn is a clever and strong leader of men; his cousin, the god-touched Raef, is his shield and navigator. They have joined a fur-trading ship to Russia, and are forced to over-winter in Novgorod. While there, they take service with the leader of the Rus, Dobrynya, and with him travel south to Kiev, and then on with a raiding party into the northern ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Forge Books
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Bruce Nordstrom
May 13, 2014 Bruce Nordstrom rated it really liked it
I will admit that my Scandinavian heritage gives me the right to be prejudiced. I like books about Vikings. And I have been reading books by Cecelia Holland for more than 20 years now, and I love them. So this book was a win/win for me.

Two young men have taken the Viking path-also known as 'Varanger'- in the 10th century, and are in the land of the Rus, going wherever their swords and luck will lead them. They hope to follow the river road in Russia down to the Black Sea, and Constantinople. But
Dec 11, 2014 Cayleigh rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
I randomly picked this up off the library shelf and did not see anything on or in the book that indicated it was in a series. Though in fact, after I started reading it and checked on Goodreads it is #4 in a series. Fortunately, that didn't matter as it read very well as a stand-alone. Though I will be going back to book #1 in the series and starting there.

We are introduced to Conn & Raef Corbansson, cousins who are traveling the world together. They are fighting men and Vikings. They have
Dameon Manuel
Jan 15, 2012 Dameon Manuel rated it it was amazing
Varanger follows The Serpent Dreamer in Cecelia Holland's Corban Loosestrife saga, picking up the narrative where The Witches' Kitchen left off. The narrative setting returns to the Old World, as we follow Corban's sons Conn and Raef, who find themselves working essentially as Viking mercenaries, passed from one employer to the next, until they find themselves helping to lead a Russian expedition to take over a Greek city, located on the Black Sea. The setting moves southward; we go from where C ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Gina rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite of the Soul Thief series. It follows Raef and Conn Corbansson through Rus (old Russia, a melting pot of Vikings, Slavs, Huns, Arabs, etc.) and south towards the Black Sea. It's mostly an adventure and warring tale, but still has a bit of romance and heart, especially at the end. It does a good job of capturing the Viking spirit and of portraying the cultural sea change that happened as Russia embraced Byzantinism. It also explores what it might have been like for a Norseman ...more
Steve Clason
Sep 07, 2010 Steve Clason rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Vikings!!! Who would have thought there was a sub-genre of romance/magic/fantasy/adventure/historical fiction about vikings? Why wasn't I informed? Brave men, beautiful women, blood, treachery, longships, gold, swords, battling faiths.

Probably I won't find a lot of great truths revealed, but I'm diving in.
Linda Mays
Dec 28, 2008 Linda Mays rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I usually like this author but I couldn't get into this book. I didn't even finish it. I have too many other good books waiting to be read so I didn't want to waste time on a books I wasn't enjoying.
Nov 02, 2013 Pat rated it liked it
I enjoyed this series. It is a shame I started with book 5. The author does an outstanding job of creating times past.
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Pen name used by Elizabeth Eliot Carter.

Cecelia Holland is one of the world's most highly acclaimed and respected historical novelists, ranked by many alongside other giants in that field such as Mary Renault and Larry McMurtry. Over the span of her thirty year career, she's written almost thirty historical novels, including The Firedrake, Rakessy, Two Ravens, Ghost on the Steppe, Death of Attila,
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Other Books in the Series

The Life and Times of Corban Loosestrife (6 books)
  • The Soul Thief (The Life and Times of Corban Loosestrife, #1)
  • The Witches' Kitchen (The Life and Times of Corban Loosestrife, #2)
  • The Serpent Dreamer (The Life and Times of Corban Loosestrife, #3)
  • The High City (The Life and Times of Corban Loosestrife, #5)
  • Kings of the North (The Life and Times of Corban Loosestrife, #6)

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