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The Sea Queen

(The Half-Drowned King #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  473 ratings  ·  81 reviews
An exhilarating Viking saga filled with the rich history, romantic adventure and political intrigue that have made Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, as well as Phillippa Gregory’s historical fiction and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology popular bestsellers. 

Six years after The Half-Drowned King, Ragnvald Eysteinsson is now king of Sogn, but fig
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Harper (first published 2018)
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Will Byrnes
Unna made a skeptical noise and tightened her arm in Svanhild’s “Every man will fail you eventually,” she said. “Look to your own future.”

…She seemed to be carved of ice and fire, not the wood and earth that made up most people.
In volume two of The Half-Drowned King trilogy, Ragnwald, (the glug-glug royal of book 1, henceforth referred to as Rags) is off engaging in battles to secure as much of Norway as possible for King Harald, and suffers a bad oopsy when he is tricked into attacking Hara
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Half-Drowned King viking trilogy has been compared to the Game of Thrones books and in some ways this is understandable. Both consist of a series of assembled pages of mushed wood fibers bound with heavy covers and spines. Both are rectangular in dimension and portable. And both make top-grade spider crushers if you happen to stumble across a particularly aggressive arachnid scurrying across the kitchen floor. Yet in other ways this is unfair. Game of Thrones is such an established, popular ...more
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Much of what I loved about The Half-Drowned King is repeated in this sequel, only much more enhanced. I've always loved Svanhild's character, but she has grown even more here. Her ambitions are much appreciated because if there is one good thing that comes from history, it is that women are determined not to be walked over. While Ragnvald is fighting his own battles concerning Harald, Svanhild is fighting an even bigger battle. It's no spoiler that she is a mother now, but she wants more for the ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hartsuyker creates an incredible background of Norway and melts family drama, alliences and Viking fights in a perfect way like no-one else!
When I finished the first book THE HALF DROWNED KING, I never thought that the second book can be that interesting and enjoyable, but it turned that The Sea Queen was even more thrilling and beautiful, I really love the sorting of acts the Author has written, and the details are perfect!
My biggest wish is to see these books in a big major picture, it really
Kim McGee
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ragnvald the half-drowned king is still fighting battles to keep his kingdom and fight for Harald who will be the King of all Norway. This powerful sequel to THE HALF-DROWNED KING features more tough Viking women - none more fierce than Svanhild, dubbed the Sea Queen. While most women were passed from family to family for political alliances or survival, Svanhild knew better than most men how to play to win. She was a superior sea captain and understood the politics better than most men. Linnea ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Come è difficile parlare di questa incredibile saga, più vicina agli epic fantasy che a un romanzo storico, secondo me!Linnea, dopo un inizio un po incerto, riprende le redini della storia e ci regala un'avventura pazzesca, fatta per lo più di riflessioni e strategie, ma che ci porta a conoscere intimamente i personaggi!Tutti i pezzi sono pronti sulla scacchiera per la grande battaglia finale...Quello che amo di più di questa saga è quanto i personaggi sono umani, non c'è idealizzazione!!!An ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brilliant! Heartbreaking! Magnifiscent!
This outdo by far the previous volume and I can but marvel at the intricate story, the depth of the characters and their ambitions crossing what they want. I feel like I know them better and Svanhild owned the show throughout the book like a true sea queen! Ragnvald seems to have become a complicated man instead of a boy and I got to say I squealed when reading about Rolli and any of Ragnvald's sons, knowing what they would become next.
This was a wonderful
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this second part of Hartsuyker's trilogy of Viking [circa 9th C] life even more than the first, maybe because it focused more on the sister sibling, Svanhild, than her warrior brother. Svanhild is quite an adventurer herself but also had to learn how to navigate/negotiate/manipulate with the men around her for her very survival, not to mention success. It's an engaging world, easy to get lost in while reading; if you're like me you'll start speaking like a medieval Viking if you're not ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another good installment in this series. This one, as is pretty typical for a second book in a trilogy, has a LOT of moving parts and pieces and people...but Ragvnald and Svanhild are still the main focus of the plot, and that makes it worthwhile in the parts that drag a bit, because they're such engaging characters.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Didn't get anything done the past 2 days because I just had to keep reading! Highly recommend. It's the 2nd book in a projected trilogy so read the 1st one before this one.
Sydney Young
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first. The characters and world grow with more and more complications.
Rebecca Meadows
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm actually surprised at how much I love this viking saga series! Onto the third book in the trilogy!
I liked this one better than the 1st novel. There are aspects to these books that really draw me in and then at other times it is just too wordy. I get lost in all of the characters. I will read the 3rd when it comes out because I do want to know what happens. Plus I don’t get a chance to read many books about the 9th century that often.
Angelique Simonsen
FRUSTRATION! I loved the first book The drowned king but I cannot get into this one. It might be that I'm not in the mood
Ruth Harwood
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love a good icelandic saga - well-written and gripping!
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that this review is live, here it is on the blog:

Long story short, loved it.
Kristin Ames
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Historical Fiction
THE SEA QUEEN is the second installment in Linnea Hartsuyker’s Viking trilogy, following THE HALF-DROWNED KING. I don’t want to give away my enthusiasm for this series too soon, but let’s just say that I’m waiting for the third book already.

Ragnvald is a man who keeps his oaths, which leaves him trapped by his own choices, even if he fully believes in those decisions. All he wants is to hold the land that once belonged to his father and live a quiet life away from the fighting that helped him re
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best historical novels do more than deliver thrilling action scenes and compelling characters. They immerse you in not only the physical setting of a particular time and place, but also the peculiar moral universe that residents of that time and place occupied. Such is the case with "The Sea Queen," the second installment in Linnea Hartsuyker's anticipated trilogy based upon an obscure episode from the Viking sagas. The author delivers an exciting plot with plenty of intriguing details about ...more
I finished this yesterday!! Give me credit for reading it in 2018!

This is book 2 after The Half-Drowned King, my review for which sort of boiled down to "Vikings!" and so in theory the review for The Sea Queen ought to be "Lady Vikings!"'s not. I started this eons ago, read a good portion on the plane at Thanksgiving, and then put it down for many weeks, and by the time I came back to it, had trouble remembering who and why and where. Linnea Hartsuyker notes in the afterword of both boo
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely fantastic series. I happened to stumble across the second book while I was at work and immediately picked it because I remembered how fantastic the first book was. And, I was not disappointed by the sequel. Time has passed in the opening of this one, Solvi and Svanhild have traversed many domains, Svanhild has become an adept sailor and the pair have even had a son, Eystein, who unlike his parents does not enjoy the chaotic nature of the sea

On the other hand, we have Ragnvald, who
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

Linnea Hartsuyker is back with The Sea Queen, follow up to her Norwegian epic The Half-Drowned King.

I don't want to get too spoilery, so I won't give away much of the plot. The Sea Queen picks up six years after the end of The Half-Drowned King. Ragnvald is king of Sogn but still spends most of his time warring at King Harald's side Svanhild sails with Solvi and their fragile and softhearted son Eystein. Harald still seeks to unite all of Norway under his rule, but Rag
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engaging, fully realized characters with complicated motives bring history to life

Linnea Hartsuyker has taken the stories Norwegian oral tradition and woven them into a beautifully textured novel featuring siblings, Rangvald Eysteinsson, king of Sogn, and Svanhild Eysteinsdottir, wife of Solvi Hunthiofsson, an explorer and rebel against High King Harold.
As well as encompassing the sweeping history of 9th Century Norway, Hartsuyker reveals the relationships and motivations of the characters she l
Kari Janine
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 really, but we’ll round up. I was underwhelmed by the first book in this series, The Half-Drowned King, but I decided to continue because I love the subject matter so much. The Sea Queen was a far better written book. More true historical elements were included here, so that may have added to the interest. Svanhild is a wonderful example of a Norse woman striving to be more than society will allow. Other female characters fell flat. Harald developed more of a personality, but still not enoug ...more
Strega Del Crepuscolo
cinque tazzine meno qualche piccolissima cosa

Viking- La Regina del Mare si è rivelato una bella lettura con una buona dose di battaglie, trappole, cambiamenti di rotta e problemi che i nostri protagonisti dovranno affrontare.

Tradimenti, trappole, battaglie e amicizie perdute metteranno a dura prova Ragnvald. Riuscirà a sopravvivere? Rimarrà al fianco di Harald, nonostante tutto, o abbandonerà il suo re?
La guerra contro Solvi e i suoi alleati è appena iniziata.

Battaglie, tradimenti, amicizia, all
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sea Queen is by far my favorite book I've read in quite some time. It is beautifully written and features an intricate plot that ties in to the first book wonderfully without being repetitive. The novel takes place approximately 7 years after the first and this time, Svanhild, nicknamed Sea Queen, takes center stage in the ongoing battle between kings trying to claim Norway. Each character has fought, loved and lost in some way since the previous book, and Hartsuyker did a splendid job in cr ...more
Katie Whitt
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good historical fiction and this definitely falls into that category. Admittedly my problem with series is that I read so much stuff in between that I forget what happens, and this book has such a huge cast of characters that I was initially a bit overwhelmed trying to remember who was who and what had happened between them. I think the author does a great job moving the story along for the most part, but I did feel like it got bogged down with extraneous characters and detailed descrip ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable addition to this Viking series, fascinating to go back in time and see life through the eyes of these men and women. Life was not always pretty, and there is plenty of mud and guts and gore here. Also sea-battles and sword fights, family spats and snits of all kind. In addition, alliances - and people - are made and broken and remade.

Basically, it’s a book about people who disagree with each other in every way possible, and yet somehow accomplish things. As often as not, by wom
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy the first half of the book. It was very addicting at first. But once reaching half way through, I lost interest due to the fact I wasn't really getting the smooth transition as the book was coming into an end. It felt rushed and the paragraphs didn't flow together. Some parts felt left out or missing, I guess?

I love the concept of the story of The Sea Queen and her journey of becoming a new woman after tragedy in her life. I feel the author could have made this book a lot longer w
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