This book is the ultimate viking adventure and it all kicks off straight from the start and even before any longships have set sail. It's full of amazing and intriguing characters that no matter how close the reader gets you remain as suspicious as the main character Redknee of motives. So there is a strong element of loyalty, betrayal and the destructive power of secrets in this book. It is not as bloody and full of battles as some viking historical novels but it is aimed at teenagers, and I would be very suprised if a young teenage lad wasn't impressed by the sheer intensity of danger woven in this story as more often than not this group of vikings are simply battling with themselves and each other to survive in a world where the elements and seas more often killed you than the blade of another. The action and adventure never stops even for a moment so the reader is always gripped by the next new discovery or plot that is put into action.
It really is a great adventure story above all else and the best thing is, when you finally after much energy spent caring, worrying, encouraging and loving and even hating these characters, V Campbell gives a strong clue that after this epic saga this will not be the last we see of Redknee.