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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Ota vastaan kutsu kauas Pohjolaan. Aikaan ja paikkaan, joka elää vain kaukaisissa kuvitelmissamme hämärästä menneisyydestä. Metsiin, joiden pintaa yksikään aura ei ole koskaan puhkaissut. Nämä tarinat kulkevat tuon kaukaisen maan tuulissa ja puissa, ikiaikaisen metsän viileissä kuiskauksissa.

Vierra on itsepäinen tyttö kainujen heimosta. Kun hän serkkunsa kanssa lähtee pyhä
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 7th 2013 by Self-published (first published February 1st 2013)
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Richard Abbott
Fargoer will appeal to those who like to immerse themselves in different settings, especially those which readily blend human society with the environment and spirituality. It is set in a deliberately unspecified pre-modern time, when different tribes and clans share a sparsely settled and lean land. To my mind at least, it offers a compelling and credible insight into how life carries on in an environment continually shifting between hostile and beautiful. The relationships between the various ...more
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free copy of Fargoer for the purpose of an honest review.

What a fantastic story. It completely captivated me from start to finish. The setting and characters are brought to such three-dimensional life that I felt like was right there with them.

We begin with Aure and Vierra, thirteen-year-old cousins who are on their way to see the First Mother, a rite of passage all young girls must go through after they start their menstrual cycle. The First Mother tells them that only one of them
Donald Armfield
I received a copy of Fargoer from author in exchange of review.

a straight out fantasy is not always my top pick for choice read. In this deep fantasy 2 sisters come to choice of the next ruler. When only one sister is chosen sibling rivalry becomes a fight. Maybe I'm wrong but I got lost in this dense fantasy world.

Getting up to 50% I decided to call it quits. The poetry spread through out the chapters I found very well written. Fantasy readers should check this out, but my cup of tea needs mor
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Verevä ja ikiaikainen tarina Kainujen heimoon kuuluvasta Vierrasta. Pidin vauhdikkaasta ja vahvasta sankarittaresta. Kalevala-poljennolla kirjoitetut runot vahvistivat tunnelmaa.
Ruthanne Taylor
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from page 1 to finish. Can’t wait for the next installment. Well written & a nail biter. Fascinating to learn about some of the Finnish legends on which at least parts of the book are based.
Pauline Ross
This is essentially a collection of short stories gathered into one book, telling the life of a single character, Vierra. The setting is the forests and lakes of the far north of Scandinavia, where Vierra’s people live a placid life as hunter/gatherers, moving around their domain with the seasons and ruled by a female chieftain and a female witch, as is normal for their culture. But things are changing; to the south, there are experiments with settlement and agriculture, and from further afield ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kirja alkoi vaisuhkona, mutta tapahtumat etenivät nopeasti ja ensimmäisten kolmenkymmenen sivun jälkeen odotusarvot nousivat huimasti. Joitakin seikkoja kirjan alkusivuilta olisin toivonut hyödynnettävän laajemmin jatkossa ja eräät tapahtumat olivat odotettavissa. Erityisesti pidin siitä, että kirja ei jäänyt rakentamaan päähenkilöä perinteisen kasvutarinan muodossa, vaan varhaislapsuudesta aikuisuuteen ja elämän kokemuksiin siirryttiin nopeassa tahdissa.

Pidin tavasta, jolla kotimaisen ”histori
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Vierra on mukavan itsepäinen päähenkilö. Ei mikään nöyristelijä. Uskoo henkiin ja kohtalon olemassaoloon, mutta päättää myös olla välittämättä niistä. Kirjassa riittää käänteitä ja yllätyksiäkin, joten se piti otteessaan lukemisen ajan. Varsinkin alkupuolella pidin kirjasta huimasti. Miljöötä rakentaessaan Hannila tietää mistä puhuu, muinaiset tavat piirretään elävästi esiin.

Kaukamoinen on oikeastaan ennemminkin kokoelma toisiinsa linkittyviä tarinoita kuin varsinainen romaani. Se paljastuikin l
Helka Kärkinen
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Fargoer in Finnish and as it is my native language and the story is set to medieval pre-christian era of our country, it was only the right thing to do.

The story is about a young girl Vierra, her path in life is set already, but her choices lead her way to physical and mental hardships. She's born to a hunter-gatherer tribe at the time the Vikings and other people try to find their way into the heartland of Vierra's world.

The poetry in between the story follows Fi
Diana Jackson
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully written fantasy and yet based on traditional tales of Scandinavia. I enjoyed it so much that it is my summer book review on my blog
Eric Schumacher
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating tale

I really enjoyed this book. This was my kind of story. It blended early history about a far away place and time with an intriguing main character and supporting cast. I look forward to reading the next installment.
Caro Marentes
Una historia intrigante y misteriosa llena de encanto y dolor, de sufrimiento y trisreza de un alma solitaria llamada Vierra, una gran guerrera de su pueblo que ha pasado muchas calamidades y ha sobrevivido a pesar de ellas
Srinivas Murty
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A unique tale

A strange unique world with interesting characters. The protagonist was well depicted. The poems were a bit much. The description of the landscape and the desolation was quite haunting.
Eisah Eisah
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Fargoer was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Full review on my blog:

This book is reads as a series of short stories; with each chapter consisting of a different theme.
It was mostly a short story format, yet some seemed more like chapters—while others took huge leaps and bounds and were definitive short stories.

Fargoer has some really strong redeeming qualities. I love Vierra (the main character). I really do. She's strong, re
Eustacia Tan
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that I think this book could be a lot longer. Currently, it's a very tightly written fantasy book, but I think it could be expanded into many more volume (I can see the current book being expanded into three volume). This isn't some criticism that important details were left out, it's just me wanting to read more.

Fargoer revolves around Vierra. After a prophecy that either she or her cousin will lead their clan (with very different results for the clan), she ends up NOT be
Hans Cummings
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this novel for review purposes. When I first heard "Finnish Fantasy," I was excited because I've been on a sort of Norse kick lately. I dropped the non-fiction book I was currently reading and dove right into Fargoer.

For a translated book, I was pleasantly surprised how well almost everything was translated. Often, there are passages and idioms that get lost a bit in translation, and there were a few places where I initially scratched my head, but upon a second reading, I r
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in the forests of Northern Europe, Fargoer: A Viking Age Tale describes the life of Vierra, a tribeswoman of the Kainu, beginning with her ascension into womanhood. While her own tribal society is matriarchal, she is pitted against both men and spirits as she progresses through the years to her ultimate destiny.

This tale is delivered in an epic style, merging the mythologies of Scandinavia with fantasy, reminding me of stories from the spoken word traditions that place the main characters in
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Said to draw heavily from native mythology, Fargoer is a work of fiction unlike most I’ve read. Set during a time when Vikings seizure was a harsh reality, this story follows Vierra (a Kainu tribe member) as she comes of age under the shadow of disappointing destiny. This future, prophesized during the womanhood ceremony she shares with her cousin, sets the stage for us to experience with Vierra many hardships and trials. However, many stories have these elements, and coming of age stories are n ...more
E. Bard
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fargoer is a remarkable fantasy taking place during a time when Vikings thrived and terrorized many different peoples across northern Europe. It is a compelling read that follows the life of a girl, Vierra, on her journey to adulthood. Her path is a difficult one and filled with many hardships, both physical and spiritual.

At the beginning of the story, Vierra and her cousin Aure must endure an initiation into womanhood that involves a trek to a sacred lake and meeting with the Kainu people's Fi
Tara Chevrestt
This was very different from my usual reading material. I haven't read anything like this since my school days when I had to read mythology, folklore, stuff of that nature. I'm not the best judge, not having immersed myself in books such as this, but for folklore, I feel it's well done. It felt literary, which I believe it should be.

I loved the beginning very much. I was immediately hooked and drawn into the story. Two girls entering womanhood, only one can be chieftain of their woman-dominated
Samantha LaFantasie

I've never read a story like this before. I was pulled in by the poem at the beginning. It was rich and vivid and kept me wanting to read more. But then the book slowed down heavily and had lost the charm the poems held. Yet, I was still curious about the story. It read very much like folklore. Parts were difficult to get through because of awkward phrasing, but I'm sure that's just because the book was translated.

I think there could have been more thought put into this book. It jumps and skips
Katri Alatalo
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kirja imaisi minut nopeasti sisälle tarinaan ja luin tämän nopeasti loppuun, lähes yhdeltä istumalta. Vierra on hahmona kiinnostava, ja nyt odotan kovasti, miten hän kehittyy jatkossa.

Lukiessani mietin paljon tätä teoksen rakennetta. En ole ihan varma, pidinkö siitä vai en. Toisaalta lyhyet tarinat, joiden väleissä voi olla pitkiä harppauksia, tekevät kirjasta mukavan nopeatempoisen ja koukuttavan. Koko ajan tapahtuu, ja on jännittävää seurata, mitä ja ketä Vierra seuraavaksi kohtaa matkallaan.
L.F. Falconer
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased
A clever mix of history, legend, and the metaphysical realm of spirituality, "Fargoer" is a remarkable adventure surrounding the life of Viera, a strong woman broken, only to rebound ever stronger through her experience and compassionate heart. The book immediately draws the reader into a past world with its imagery and historic details beautifully rendered in a sophisticated yet simplistic style which only adds to the story's flavor.

I only found a few disappointments with this book. All too oft
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arr
Fargoer follows the life of Vierra life from a young teenager entering womanhood and the joys and trials she faces in the years after. It is well-written and gives readers an interesting view into Finnish lore and history. I did not know the basis of the poetry in the novel as I read it, but thanks to a fellow reviewer, I plan to look into it.
It was also interesting seeing how Vierra's tribe had women leaders and heads of houses; and then later shows the contrast and the clash of mentalities, a
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book!

What attracted me the most to Fargoer is the development of new and dynamic characters in each 'episode'. Besides the Finnish atmosphere that's spread throughout the book, the reader will experience new adventures with new characters and ups and downs.

While reading the book, I couldn't help myself but become Vierra, the main character in the book, and discover myself in the journey through nature and of course through the beautiful landscape of the north. I really love how nature i
Larry B Gray
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fargoer by Petteri Hannila is an action packed adventure and historical fiction. I found it hard to put down once I started reading.

Originally translated from the Finnish novel "Kaukamoine," it is the story of the struggle of the native North American population and their early contact with the Vikings. The author did a great job of developing a storyline that was fast paced and full of plot twist. This easy to read and follow book stayed true to what few historical facts we have of that period.
Suzanna Williams
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fargoer is a special book. It transports the reader into a strange, violent world from another time and place. We follow the life of Vierra, initially a leader in a society where women are the dominant sex. Vierra is a great hunter but, after her son and husband are murdered by raiding Vikings, she is taken prisoner and so begins a long journey as she attempts to survive and return home.

You will not be able to guess how this story is going to play out as it is completely original with a plot yo
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Ehkä itselle tuli alussa liiaksi kalevalainen tunnelma kirjan nimestä ja pitkästä kalevalaistyylisestä runosta, toki se muuttui kun kirjan päähenkilö Vierra astui esiin. Alkuun myös häiritsi lauseissa olevat "nykyaikaiset" sanat kun tarina tavallaan sijoittui menneisyyteen... Pirteä veto päähenkilön naispuolisuus, todella hyvin kirjailijalla hallussa...vakuuttavasti kirjoitettu! Tapahtumat etenivät välillä todella vauhdikkaasti, juonikäänteitä oli paljon ja ne tapahtuivat nopeasti. Myös kirjoitu ...more
Jenni  ☆
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2013
Aluksi tarinaan oli jokseenkin hankala päästä kiinni ja tapahtumat etenivät hitaanlaisesti, loppua kohden kuitenkin parani. Kirjan maailma tuntuu huolellisesti rakennetulta ja hyvin mietityltä, mikä ehkä osaltaan tekee siitä niin mielenkiintoisen. Muinainen aika erilaisine tapoineen ja ihmisineen oli selvästi läsnä koko ajan. Kerrontatapa tuki tätä hyvin, joskin paikoitellen se tuntui hiukan liian raskaalta ja keskittymistä vaativalta. Henkilöhahmot tuntuivat jäävän turhankin etäisiksi, päähenki ...more
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Petteri's interest towards speculative fiction started at the ripe age of eight, when he found out about Tarzan of Edgar Rice Burroughs and thus entered a lifetime of reading dashing adventures in far away, even impossible locations.

In his teens he started to play tabletop role-playing games, a hobby that has strongly influenced his writing. He dabbles with both playing and designing games.

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Fargoer (9 books)
  • The Birth of Kainu (Fargoer Short Stories, #0)
  • End of Innocence (Fargoer Short Stories, #1)
  • Autumn Flames (Fargoer Short Stories, #2)
  • Of Fire and Stone (Fargoer Short Stories, #3)
  • The Roots of Evil (Fargoer Short Stories, #4)
  • Bloodsilver (Fargoer Short Stories, #5)
  • The Song of Wolf and Moose (Fargoer Short Stories, #6)
  • On Treacherous Ground (Fargoer Short Stories, #7)
  • Pathfinders (Fargoer Short Stories, #8)
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