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Tyrker's Tale

(The World's Edge)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Tyrker, a slave belonging to the Viking chieftain Eirik the Red, has been given the task of educating Eirik's young sons, Leif and Tosti, in the arts of weaponry. Forbidden to marry, he longs to have his own family. Instead, he must learn to live with serving another man – until one day something unexpected happens.

First in Robin Ingle's World's Edge Series of short storie
ebook, Kindle Edition, 19 pages
Published May 21st 2012 (first published May 7th 2012)
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Leonard Tillerman
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the most romanticized groups in history has to be the Vikings.  There are countless legends, books and films about the Viking age.  However, there are also countless misconceptions about the Vikings as they were certainly not as exotic and glamorous as they are frequently portrayed.  While they did pillage and raid villages and monasteries which were primarily along the coastline, the Vikings also spent a great deal of time trading and farming.  Also, they were very active in the slave tr ...more
Dexter Morgenstern
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Tyker's Tale is a short about a slave named Tyrker who has been placed in charge of training his master's sons in sword combat. He's on good terms with his master Eirik due to his performance and skill, but even with that it is forbidden for him to find love. If he does, and has a child, then the child will be raised as another slave for his master; a fate considered cruel for any parent to give their child. Despite this, Tyrker falls in love with another slave. You also briefly learn about Tyrk ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very fun little story. It was kind a prequel to some I've read with Tyrkr/Tyrker; so that was fun to 'see' where he came from. Engaging and cute. Fun to think of Leif as a little kid.
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One doesn’t often think about the Vikings, from tenth century Iceland, so this is a great little story to spark an interest in an area of study, abandoned since the fifth grade.

Tyrker is a thrall, which is a slave, and he is training to be the guard of Eirik the Red’s son, Leif Ericson. It’s a story, in and of itself, how Tyrker becomes a thrall for Eirik the Red.

In less than twenty pages, Robin Ingle, has managed to write an exceptional, historical, piece of writing. So much occurs in this extr
Zora Wyatt
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers of historical fiction
I took a chance on this short story and was pleasantly surprised! It's a well-written and engaging tale of a slave in a difficult position. Tyrker has a lot of responsibilities and not much freedom, and this puts him in a bit of a jam. I read it in one sitting, because I was eager to see how he gets out of it. The sense of adventure that marks a lot of stories about vikings was there, and I was very interested in the depiction of life in that time and in that part of the world. Readers of histor ...more
Tammy Hall
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found this tale to be quite interesting from a historical point of view. I enjoyed learning of Tyrker and where he had come from and how he had ended up in Iceland. Tyrker's Tale may be a short story but it was not lacking in any other way. It measured up very well for me as far has historical fiction goes and I would recommend this book to anyone.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
A cool little short story, with a unique setting that isn't often explored in historical fiction (to the best of my knowledge). Feels like setup for a larger story. I'm looking forward to reading more.
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading Tyrker’s Tale and look forward to additional books in the series. The story is written well and holds the readers interest. Love the cover Graphics!

This is the story of Malik ad-Din Qasim, a warrior in his homeland, the empire Anatolia. He and his three brothers were captured and sold to slave traders.
Later, two of the brothers were sold together, and Malik was sold to Danes as they travelled to Dublin. One brother was ransomed. This causes me to question why one son would be
Aubrey Hansen
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-a-thon-2012
The premise of this well-written short was promising - it follows the fate of Tyrker, a slave training to be the guard of Viking Eirik the Red's son Leif. The characters were interesting, the historical setting was fascinating, and the promise of further adventure with the famed Vikings was tempting. Unfortunately, the story was marred with severe sexual content. The plot consists of Tryker, a slave not allowed to marry, succumbing to his love for a woman and being caught sleeping with her. Whil ...more
Stephanie Wolf
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Leif and Tosti are the sons of Eirik. Tyrker is a slave of Eirik, and it is job to take care of the boys, in addition to his other slave duties. He teaches them swordsmanship and tells them tales to keep them amused. In addition, they usually visit Runa, the cooks assistant, who gives them small treats. In a time and place of slaves, it is usually best not to anger your master.

Very short quick read, almost like an essay. This could actually be an opening chapter for more to come, rather than it’
Graham Downs
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it
A pretty good story, told in the form of a memoir of a slave called Tyrker (or "The Turk"). He is owned by a war-mongerer called Eirik the Red, and is in charge to teaching Eirik's two sons how to fight. Tyrker is in love with a woman and wishes to marry her, but that's forbidden for a thrall.

Ms Ingle clearly knows the setting well, and obviously has a passion for vikings. It was a good story, with a fair amount of backstory and foreshadowing, but not too much that I thought I was missing anythi
Jen Gentry
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable Christian fiction. Ms. Ingle weaves an intricate tale in this well written Fantasy type novel.
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