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Saint Magnus The Last Viking

4.74  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Come back in time 900 years, to the fierce and desolate Northern lands, where Norsemen ruled with ax and sword. A dying king, a shocking death-wish, his heirs divided with an oath of blood . . . In this fast-paced new novel by the highly popular Susan Peek, the conflict unfolds between Magnus Erlendson, a heroic young prince aflame with the love of God, and his outlawed ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 244 pages
Published November 16th 2015 by Seven Swords Publications (first published January 1st 2014)
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If you're like most of us, you've probably never even heard of St. Magnus, let alone know a thing about his amazing life. After stumbling across his story (quite by accident in my case) I'm left with the feeling that maybe God saved this saint for our times, when his message of forgiveness and absolute trust in God is needed more than ever. For that's what this book is: a tale of heroic pardon of enemies and deep, burning love of God.
Like her other books, Ms. Peek writes in a very easy-going, c
Therese Heckenkamp
Wow! Let me begin by putting to rest any notion that this, being a historical novel, is bogged down with details and facts. The balance and delivery of fact and fiction is flawless. Saint Magnus The Last Viking brings Saint Magnus to life while delivering action-packed excitement and suspense galore!

From the beginning, I couldn’t put this book down. A ruler’s deathbed decree sets in motion a dire future for the heirs to the throne of the Orkney Islands. When Saint Magnus, a prince, clashes with
A.k. Frailey
May 30, 2015 A.k. Frailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was impressed by how well the author carried off this rather astonishing story. The characters seemed very real and life-like. No wooden saints here. I was a little confused initially because, though the setting is over 900 years ago, the characters were using modern expressions. But when I considered, they weren't really speaking in English either, I realized that creative licence allowed the author to set the tone. Otherwise, the setting, events, and descriptions all fit very well with the ...more
Theresa Linden
Nov 22, 2015 Theresa Linden rated it it was amazing
Susan Peek’s saint stories combine all the best: deep conflict, struggles, and heroic virtue.

This story begins with the last will and testament of an 11th-century Norseman warrior, Thorfinn the Mighty. The opening scene sets the stage for the novel as the dying ruler makes a startling decision for the sake of the kingdom. The conflict begins here and never lets up.

Susan has an outstanding ability to begin and end chapters with lines that keep you from putting the book down. Chapter two begins: “
From the first few pages, I was completely drawn into this dramatic life-story of a Viking prince from the Orkney Islands, north of Scotland. When the story begins, Magnus is a pious young teenager who would love nothing more than to retire into a monastery and avoid the constant fighting and bloodshed that is the everyday life of your typical Viking lord. But God has other plans for Magnus. Through the treachery and bloodthirst of his older brother and cousin, Magnus gets pulled into an epic ...more
Oct 06, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow! This was a great – GREAT – read. I’ll confess that I was skeptical at first. Another saint story? Sometimes my kids are tired of the saint stories. YaknowwhatImean? But this one, this one, my children will read and savor and my guess is that they will read it again.

To begin with, the story is very well written. Peek knows how to draw the reader into the plot and keep her (in this case, anyway) there. The plot moves quickly, and the story doesn’t dwell too much on the inner sanctity of Ma
This story about a little-known saint has all the historical context and adventurous elements needed to make it interesting and engaging. I enjoyed the backdrop portraying the Vikings for the historical element. It shows a masterful view of a young man becoming more and more attuned to visions of his religion. He has a strong family, but alas, a confrontational cousin who carries it to the extreme. They are royalty and will move into their fathers' places to rule their kingdom. That brings with ...more
Sep 22, 2015 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Say goodbye to dry and dusty lives-of-the-saints tomes better suited as flower presses or door stops. Saint Magnus, The Last Viking is lively, engaging, humorous, and as you might guess since Magnus was martyred, bloody.

Instead of boring the reader with an inhumanly pious saint story or bogging down the tale with details of centuries-old Norse life, Susan Peek has written an inspiring tale showcasing both the depth of human depravity and the glory of heroic love. All in a way that is appealing t
Well plotted and well written fictional account of a viking who struggled with life in a hard time and also with putting aside the old gods of his people to embrace the new religion of Christianity while living it. The storyline is excellent and the characters are made real by the skills of the author. Whether you call him a saint or a warrior in the army of God is a matter for your belief system.
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Louisa Black

This is such an incredible piece of work. I seriously did not want it to end!
When I begun, I knew little, if anything about Saint Magnus and this portrayal was a brilliant introduction.

This starts off with an amazing hook. When a Viking King decides on his deathbed to split the future reign of the kingdom between his two sons there begins the most incredible story of family ties, blood and trust that is pushed to the limit on every level and lasts more than
Dec 09, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mary Woods
Apr 23, 2015 Mary Woods rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It had never occurred to Magnus, second son of Erlend, to arm himself with a weapon before setting off for Vespers..."

This opening line of Chapter 2 in Mrs. Peek's latest saintly adventure story introduces us to Magnus Erlendson, the teenage prince of an 11th-century Orkney Isles kingdom, who would much rather dedicate his life to God in the monastery than spend it as a sword-toting warrior. Fortunately, Magnus is not in line to the throne--his older brother Aerling and his cousin Hakon are. Un
Ron Ovits
I obtained this book at a nearby parish bookstore at the same time I purchased three others by the same publishing house, a company called Catholic Vitality which name immediately caught my interest. While terribly disappointed in the others (see my reviews for El Cid, Saint Fernando the Third, and The Defenders of Christendom all by James Fitzhenry), I was delightfully surprised by this one, although it is not normally the type of book I read. I was at first somewhat taken aback by the casual ...more
Sherry Smith
May 12, 2016 Sherry Smith rated it it was amazing
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Older teens and adults can discover a forgotten saint, and his lost values, through reading The Last Viking by Susan Peek. Peek offers one of the wonderful promises of historical fiction, guiding us in understanding what we have in common with those in the past. But also critical to sound historical fiction, she challenges us to consider if we've really made progress, when we compare how we might make our moral decisions with those made by compelling characters of the past, especially her hero, ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first volume I've read of the God's Forgotten Friends series about "the lives of saints who have fallen deep into the shadows of obscurity." I was fascinated by this story. It held one surprise after another for me because I knew little about the history of violence between the Vikings of Norway and the people of Scotland and the tiny islands off its coast. My review is based on a PDF copy provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review, so I don't know whether a map of ...more
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Susan Peek is a Catholic wife, mother of eleven children, including two in the religious life, and herself a Third Order Franciscan. Her passion is writing saint novels, especially for teens and young adults (and anyone young at heart). She is an active member of the Catholic Writers Guild, teaches creative writing in her spare time, and is currently working on her new series "God's Forgotten ...more
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“In many chapels, reddened by the setting sun, the saints rest silently, waiting for someone to love them." These words, penned by an unknown priest, long dead,were the inspiration for my new series on the lives of saints who have fallen deep into the shadows of obscurity. My hope is that, in reading their heroic stories, you will make the acquaintance of some of God's Forgotten Friends. (From the Preface of "Saint Magnus The Last Viking")” 1 likes
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