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A Mighty Dawn

(The Wanderer Chronicles #1)

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A gripping and brilliantly realized debut epic adventure set in eighth-century Denmark. This is the beginning of an ambitious new series in the vein of George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones.

Hakan, son of Haldan, chosen son of the Lord of the Northern Jutes, swears loyalty to his father in fire, in iron, and in blood. But there are always shadows that roam. When a terrible
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Hardcover, 608 pages
Published March 2nd 2017 by Corvus
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Sean Barrs
A story like this needs a powerful central character; it needs a warrior who has conviction, heart and honour. Hakan has all these in abundance, but he didn't get them easily. In this coming of age tale, he goes on a quest to find himself after experiencing the most tremendous of betrayals.

One could never be the same after such a brutal tragedy, so he takes a new name (Erlan) and finds a new lord. Rather than let the world defeat him, he hardens his heart, tightens his grip on his sword and stan
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Alice (Married To Books)
3.75 out of 5 stars!

T/W- Rape, some gore elements

I was invited to participate in a promotional blog tour for this by the publisher, head over to see my full post here: https://marriedtobooksreviewsandblog....

A Mighty Dawn is one of those books that really transports you on a journey across mysterious lands where anyone and anything can pounce on you. Haken is loyal to his father until a tragedy that occurs in his home settlement and hidden secrets come to light. Soon, he renounces himself, chang
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Dawn
Mar 19, 2017 marked it as to-read
Gotta read this for the title alone! Ha!
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
4.5 stars.

As always my review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in
exchange for an honest review.

Taking place in 8th century Scandinavia A Mighty Dawn tells the tale
of Hakan, the chosen son of Haldan of the Northern Jutes, after
swearing an oath to his father Haldan, a terrible secret is unearthed
and uncovered, it's a shocking revelation and the immediate aftermath
is devastating
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Rinn
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

A Mighty Dawn was offered to me by the publisher, because of my love for archaeology and history. The book itself is written by an archaeologist, specialising in the Dark Ages. I have to say the fact that the publisher clearly researched bloggers with these kinds of interests really impressed me, and immediately warmed me to the book.

The story follows Hakan, the young
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Paul
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Violent , a bit nasty, and quite dark but also a decent enough story.
Maybe more historical fiction than fantasy but creating its own mythology as it goes so happily sits in both genres.
At times it felt a bit GRRM and in other parts more like Bernard Cornwell.
The big bad monsters of the piece actually came across as something similar to HG Welles Morlocks from the time machine - an race forced below ground due to impending disaster , evolving and then exploiting (and in some case eating and matin
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Sean
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Absolutely brilliant book.

Starts with Hakan and a coming of age story,like any other.Then things turn bad for him and he leaves home to find himself.

Really good characters and settings throughout the whole book,and a delight to read.
Paul
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When we first meet Hakan he is the same as many young men; self centered, self-important and entirely wrapped up in his own existence, he thinks the entire world revolves around him. He is about to go through the rite of passage that marks his transition to adulthood. Once he is a full blooded warrior he will be accepted as an equal and start his life as a member of the clan. Circumstance has different ideas however and a series of incidents set Hakan on an entirely different path. He is forced ...more
Sunil Laxman
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I picked A Mighty Dawn from my recommendations, which said it was based on me having read the ASOIAF series. So I went in with moderate expectations and I’m not disappointed, to say the least.

The Plot is set in a past world quite similar to ours. Hakan, the son of Haldan, takes the oath that binds him to the Jutes; swearing fealty to his father, to the Land and its allies. But what starts as a celebration takes a turn for the worst, when tragedy befalls the household. In a move of steely resolve
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Robin Carter
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review

I will admit to at one point thinking i wouldn't review this book, as i don't review books i dislike. The first part of the book seemed like an adolescent love story rapidly doing a romeo and Juliet, and really didn't float my boat, i suppose i'm too old for being concerned by teenage angst, no matter what era its set in. But then the book started taking a deeper, darker turn, and i suppose the darkness of Hakan appealed to the blue funk i found myself in pre Christmas. But its from the po
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booksofallkinds
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enthralling, fantastical, and dangerous, A MIGHTY DAWN by Theodore Brun is an excellent start to what is sure to be an addictive historical fantasy series.

Hakan, son of the Lord of the Northern Jutes has always had to try harder to prove himself to his people and fighting has become second nature to him. But bloodied and battle-ready he will be, both in heart and body. But when things go wrong, he has to escape who he was and the future he thought he would have, so Hakan travels to new lands to
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Rebecca
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Mighty Dawn is one heck of a mighty debut and brings a freshness to the Viking Historical Fiction genre with a dollop of darkness, a sprinkling of tragedy, a pinch of paranormal and a packet full of drama. The prologue breaks the mold from the first three or four pages and instantly grabs the reader by the neck and pulls them head first into a world where the superstitions and beliefs of the vikings are as real as the kiss of an axe blade or a lover.
It is in fact set in the early days of the V
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Annette
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Mighty Dawn by Theodore Brun was a Goodreads win

I was attracted by the resume and the cover looked full of atmosphere and mystery, so I was looking forward to arrival of this book. I must confess, my heart sunk when I saw the size of it - 581 pages! I hoped it would the book would not be difficult to read or follow!

As soon as I started to read, I was relieved, and hooked. The characters were believable and had pronounceable names. The story line was easy to follow and flowed well. The descript
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Adam Lofthouse
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one hell of a book! Historical fiction with more than a hint of fantasy. It tells the story of Hakan, the chosen son of Haldon, his father. There is a strong romance element to the beginning of the book, particularly at the beginning and for a while you wonder where its going. Then without warning a huge plot twist hits and suddenly Hakan is now Erlan, a wanderer with no home.

Erlan journeys north to Svearland and meets a boy named Kai. The story becomes more fantastical from here, with
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Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hakan son of Haldan, chosen son of the lord of the Northern Jutes. Is the protagonist of this EPIC novel!
Throughout the novel, he will face many challenges that will shake everything he has ever known, to the core……

The prologue opens with a prince on a hunt, he is attacked by a deer. But the attack leaves so much surrounding mystery. When have you ever known, a deer savagely attack a hunter? Are shadowy forces at work?

In the land of the Jutes and in particular, the farmstead of Vendlagard; the
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Carla
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Hakan is the Chosen Son, heir to the lord of Vendlagard and a brave warrior, despite his limits. And though such a life inevitably means war, he has a happiness of sorts in his father’s house and a love that, though secret, for now, is full of promise. But everything changes with a prophecy and the revelation of a few secrets. And, stripped of everything he loves, Hakan finds himself with no option except to turn his back on his old life and start anew – broken, alone, and searching for somethin ...more
Jo
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, historical
A Mighty Dawn
By Theodore Brun
Synopsis
A gripping and brilliantly realized debut epic adventure set in eighth-century Denmark. This is the beginning of an ambitious new series in the vein of George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones.

Hakan, son of Haldan, chosen son of the Lord of the Northern Jutes, swears loyalty to his father in fire, in iron, and in blood. But there are always shadows that roam. When a terrible tragedy befalls Hakan's household he is forced to leave his world behind. He must seek
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Victoria
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This one was a bit strange. Although it is said to be Fantasy it took almost 300 pages for the Fantasy elements to really show themselves. Up until that point I would have considered it historical fiction. I was slightly nervous walking in because on the cover it said for fans of GRRM and I've often found books that try to follow in hype trains fail. I guess this one sort of did because it never reminded me of GRRM at any point. Still good for all of that though ...more
Naftoli Pickard
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For about the first 1/4 of this book, the idea that it was a "chick book" pawed away at me. Though the author is Theodore, a man, it felt like it was written by a woman ... a whole lotta love-talk. No man writes about so much love. I'm not against it, it just seemed to me that the gender of the writer and the way he wrote did not jive.

Then the tone of the writing changed.

After the protagonist left his homeland, the book got manly. Of course I read Viking-themed books because they tap in to my ma
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M.J.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Mighty Dawn by Theodore Brun is a, sometimes brutal, coming of age tale set in the Scandinavian lands of the middle to second part of the first millennium. Paganism is the worship of choice, and the threads of Norse Mythology mingle through the story, as is to be expected for a story set at this time. It is not a work of historical fiction, but rather historical fantasy, or just plain fantasy with its basis set in the past.

I would divide the novel into three main parts. The first third, when t
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Pamela
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received a free copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

This is a stunning debut novel, full of action and excitement. Set in the Scandinavia of the early eighth century, the young warrior Hakan leaves his home in Jutland and travels across an icy wasteland to find a new Lord to serve. Changing his name to Erlan, meaning stranger, he meets a cocky teenager called Kai, who joins him on his journey.

The setting is brilliantly evoked - I really felt the cold and the bleakness of the landscape
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Linda
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, historical, owned
A debut novel set in the Scandinavia of the early eighth century, where Viking warriors and Norse myths abound. This cold and unforgiving landscape is the backdrop for an exciting and thrilling coming of age tale about a warrior and his irrepressible servant. I loved it and hopefully won't have to wait too long for the next installment! ...more
Logan
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying I don’t generally write reviews on anything and even less often about books as I am not an avid leisure time reader. This book, this adventure, is the start of something amazing. I was captivated and could not put it down! I felt as if I was alongside Hakan, enduring what he endured. Please keep em comin Mr. Brun.
Blodeuedd Finland
I liked how he wove history and myth together. Except for one thing all things could be explained. There are a lot of things hidden in the depths of history, and people then easily believed things they could not understand to be other things. Look at me, I am wearing antlers, I must be a shapeshifter ;) You get the point.

This is the book of Hakan. He has a nice life being the son of a Jute Lord, but then he goes and messes it all up and what a mess. We have to have an adventure and off on an adv
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CJCB
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The opening salvo of the long-awaited new epic series from Theodore Brun. For lovers of fiction that takes the reader into a world where history, myth and imagination converge, this is something to savour on many levels.
With echoes of Beowulf, Shakespeare, Wagner, and Tolkien, the carefully constructed characters and their individual stories are woven together in a kaleidoscope of drama, action, tragedy and redemption. All of this is set against a rich knowledge of the historical and archeologi
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Judas
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"A mighty dawn", is a pageturner. The historical part, makes the fantasy part much more vivid. Not to forget the violence, as a part of the everyday living, in the 800th century Scandinavia.

The deep sorrow that haunts the protagonist, is so well described, that one should think the authour had tried something similar. (Lets hope not).
The same goes for the landscapes, in wich he travels. It made me find some old maps from Jutland and southern Sweeden, just to see the journey of Erlan.
I have been
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Philip Dunn
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got completely sucked in to this and can’t wait for the next one! It has set off something of a Viking obsession for me and I am veraciously watching every episode of the ‘Vikings’ TV series to try and satisfy my appetite in the meantime. Brun’s writing takes you on a twisting, turning and darkly surprising ride. I was really impressed at how well he realised the culture of the danish dark ages and immerses you in it with his characters, only to then plunge you deeper into mythical mystery and ...more
Clay Tietz
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: norse
I loved this book. I have recently gotten into Viking and Norse books, both fiction and non-fiction. I am a huge scifi reader, so I was very excited about the more mystic, magical, mysterious side of this story, and thought it was written seamlessly into an all around great Viking fiction. Would recommend to anyone who wants a new twist on viking life adventure.
Mieneke
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the past few years I’ve developed a soft spot for vikings. Whether it’s Snorri Kristjansson’s exuberant adventures in his Valhalla Saga or Giles Kristian’s epic historical God of Vengeance , I’ve fallen for the mixture of kick-ass battles, deep mythology, history, and the hint of the supernatural that are often the ingredients of which the story is composed. When I received a review copy of Theodore Brun’s A Mighty Dawn I was excited as it was billed as a mixture of all my favourite vi ...more
Gizmo
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book highly recommended to anyone who has read and likes anything by Ben Kane, Bernard Cornwell, Giles Kristian, Nicholas Eames, Stan Nicholls and even Stephen King.

Gripping, thrilling and extremely humorous (in parts)

An epic way to start a new saga
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