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The Varangian

(Odd Tangle-Hair Saga #3)

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The Varangianis the final entry in Bruce Macbain's Odd Tangle-Hair Saga and brings Odd's challenging adventures to a climactic and satisfying finish. On a secret diplomatic mission to the Emperor's court in Miklagard, the Viking's name for Constantinople, Odd meets the members of the fearsome Varangian Guard whose elite Viking members served as the Emperor's personal bodyg ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Blank Slate Press
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Justin
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wrote this review for the Historical Novel Society:

Odd comes to Miklagard – the Norse name for Constantinople – with the sole purpose of seeking out Harald, a former friend turned nemesis, and killing him. However, just as he had feared, not only is Harald the seemingly indomitable warrior he always was, but he’s become thoroughly ensconced in the city’s Varangian Guard. These doughty warriors are all of Norse or Rus stock, fearsome, and oathsworn to the Emperor. Harald is one of their officer
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Ken Fredette
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was interesting read for me because I was on an isolated station 60 miles north of Istanbul. There were more Roman ruins than others. Bruce did an outstanding job of describing the years 1037+ and Odd Tangle-Hair's saga. I was skeptical of reading a saga but was utterly surprised how well it came together. If you're going to read a saga I would start with these.
Erin Al-Mehairi
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was first drawn to this series because I love historical books that combine into fantasy, especially if they are dealing with ancient civilizations or Vikings.

Bruce’s story telling ability draws in the readers and often as soon as I start his books I’m completely absorbed into the worlds and legend he has created. Of course, with great anticipation, it was the same with The Varangian. Without being over flowerly or academic or hard to follow, Bruce somehow writes in a way that allows to feel a
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Liz
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an impressive historical novel about an era that can certainly be described as intriguing. I found the descriptions of the mixture of the Viking and Byzantine cultures at the beginning of the second millennium well-written and impressive. The book is filled with such historical detail that I was engrossed right from the start. The addition of the fascinating story of Odd and his perilous adventures and intrigues only adds to the pleasure of reading this book.
Now I will have to go back a
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Miriam Chernoff
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Varangian brings the reader into a different time and place, at the beginning of the 2nd millennium AD in the city that is now called Istanbul (Constantinople) and surrounding Mediterranean regions; Bruce MacBain constructs an intricate and intriguing story of power, love, loyalty, deception and heartbreak. Only an author well-versed in the historical details, philosophies and beliefs could make the ancient world come alive in such a way. It brought me to both laughter and tears and taught m ...more
Uuencode
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the first book of Odd Tangle-hair saga "Odin's Child" very much and found the second "Ice Queen" even better, "Varangian" was a bit of a disappointment. I didn't care about Zoe's anguish and if I did care about such things I would go for Brontë sisters.
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Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the third and apparently final book in the Odd Tangle-Hair saga. I did not have the good fortune to read the first two books and as is usual with series I am sure it would have enhanced this book for me, I did not feel any loss for not having read them. Mr. MacBain does an excellent job of filling in backstory without making his readers feel like they are reading a dossier.

The book is essentially Odd’s telling of his story and this is his last chapter. He is on a mission to the Byzantine
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One of the many reasons that I love reviewing books is that I break out my usual genre.” The Varangian" by Bruce MacBain is definitely not the type of read I would normally read. This is the third book in the "(Odd Tangle-Hair Saga #1) . Just like the first two other books, I found MacBain a talented author who immediately captured my attention with the setting and time period. Byzantine and Viking are not two groups that I knew about, just like
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Elisha
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was most definitely an out of the box read for me. I think it is because of that that it was hard for me to get into. But I kept in mind the synopsis caught my attention so I read on. And, once I got into the story line, it was quite the intrigue. I can see why people enjoy this type of read. It's a historical novel which is why I opted to read it even though the cover threw me. The fact that this is during the second millennium(AD) really takes the reader back into time. Reading about Odd ...more
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From boyhood, Bruce Macbain spent his days in reading history and historical fiction. The Greeks and Romans have held a special fascination for him and this led to earning a master’s degree in Classical Studies and a doctorate in Ancient History. Along the way, he also taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Borneo. Later, he taught courses in Greek and Roman civilization at Vanderbilt Univer ...more

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