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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  363 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Under the iron rule of Harald Fairhair, Norway has been a land at peace for half a century.

Groomed for the succession, the king’s eldest surviving son has lived the life of a Viking prince; harrying wherever his longships can reach, from the frozen forests of Bjarmaland to the rocky shores of Brittany and beyond.

But none expected Harald to live so long, and as the king
Paperback, 342 pages
Published April 11th 2018 by Nielsen UK
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Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vikings
Swept up suddenly, you are grabbed bodily and thrown through the centuries and you land, with a thud, slap, bang in tumultuous 10th century Scvandinavia, in the area known as the North Way. You find yourself in a Viking village, pigs are grunting around you, men and women and thralls going about their daily chores. Down by the fjord's edge, other men, bigger, burlier, bearded men are packing stores onto a longship, you hope it  is, then see it is - a Viking dragon ship. A ship that will sail you ...more
Paul Bennett
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exhilarating start to a new series, Bloodaxe follows the early life of Eric Haraldsson, the favored son of Harald Fairhair, King of Norway. Favored son or not, the path to true acceptance as rightful heir is strewn with Fairhair's bastard progeny. Honing his skills as a warrior and a leader of men, and enriching himself and crew by raiding villages and churches, Eric returns to his homeland ready to rule. What follows is a stirring rendition of revenge for wrongs done in the past, and making ...more
David Baird
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bloodaxe is the story of Eric Haraldsson, son of Harald Fairhair, King of Norway.

You’d always imagine in the modern day that being heir to a throne would be an easy, sheltered life. Not so in times past! It just leads to bloodshed.

I loved Eric from the start, the guy just oozes confidence and strength, he’s got something about him.

As a young boy Eric was sent away to live with one of Harald’s most trusted, he learns the ways of a warrior and soon starts to build a relationship of sorts with his
Robert Southworth
High standard...

I really enjoyed how the author built this story. Both plot and characters were believable. I have read a couple of books by C R May and enjoyed them all but I think this was the most rounded. It didn't falter in character development, plot or pace. I'm very impressed.

Robert Southworth author of the Ripper Legacies
J. Bauer
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloodaxe by C.R. May: The making of a Viking king

Bloodaxe is the tale of a Norse warrior, son of a king, who must find his destiny and make his reputation in the turbulent world of the Norse where if you were unwary, you could find yourself burned in your own home or cut down in sudden battle.

At seven, Erik Haraldsson, one of twelve sons of the greatest Norsemen, Harald Fairhair, is sent to live with one of Harald’s most trusted Hersirs. He is taught the ways of the warrior and leader and at twe
mr d race
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cracking good read

Super smashing proper gripping saga, can't wait to read the next instalment hope it's just as good as this is.
Adam Lofthouse
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly exceptional book, this. Gripping from start to finish!

It follows the tale of Erik Bloodaxe; his journey from a young boy with a foster family, with no relationship to speak of with his father, the King of Norway. As the story develops you follow a young Erik as he builds a friendship with his father, leads men into battle and one by one wipes out his many brothers that would seek to destroy him and claim the throne for themselves.

The research Cliff must have put into this is staggering.
Anthony W Fleming
Very good characters. More nuanced and political than many books about the Norse

Very entertaining. Stayed up late reading this book.A really good historical fiction. The characters are well beyond paper cut outs of Vikings, and the dialogue is great
Juan Gallardo Ivanovic

As expected of a son of renowned King Harald Fairhair, young Erik is being fostered in Thorir’s hall at Nausdal. He is raised along his foster brother and friend Arinbjorn until he becomes a man. Somehow Erik has found the way to do some enemies and his first task will be to exact retribution on a man who has wronged him by burn him and his allies. The bad point is that, as he was Bolli Sigurdsson, Sigurd’s Jarl - one of Harald’s Fairhair best supporters – an increasing hate will be among Erik a
Lady Suzane Myles
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, can't wait to start book 2, I have to admit I did have some difficulty with all the characture names especially if they had more than one name (like a nickname). But persevere it is well worth it. ...more
melvia mccann
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood axe

Interesting story line,that illustrates a part of history that was lost to the mists of time . Harold,Eric and Hakon are the beginning and ending points for many sagas and myths ,well done!
Carrol j Oliphint
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could use a translator..

While I very much enjoyed the story, I found it initially difficult. I eventually figured out most of the Norse/Danish words. It would have been so much more pleasurable a read if I had been able to reference even a basic in book translation.
Sue Merritt
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the Viking kings, Erik Haraldsson was faced with a number of half-siblings who wanted the crown of the "North Way" high king. One of the most troublesome opponents was Haakon Haraldsson who had been fostered in what became England. During Haakon's fosterage, he became a Christian. At this time historically, Christianity was becoming the prominent religion throughout Western Civilization. The serious conflict between the established non-Christian religions and that of Christianity was a fi ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read that takes the reader through the rise of Erik Bloodaxe and I can’t recommend it enough.

I am a fan of the author as he often dives into a dark (not as well recorded) period of history and spinning a wonderful version of events and explaining his choices at the end of the book. Bloodaxe is sadly not quite in an era where a complete view of his life was maintained but C.R.May did successfully bring him and his companions to life and paints a vivid picture of the world he was
Another good book n the series! Well written with plenty of action and cultural insights. Characters were well developed as well. The timeline was not as complete as I would have liked. Erik certainly did much more than we see in this book that covers a span of years, actually several decades. Overall a good read!
Erik Mikkelsen
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erik Bloodaxe

An interesting story of one of the more famous of the “Viking” kings. This tells of his story and his family. Based on more historical than most with some literary license as to how and why. Bloodaxe has been portrayed as a villain long enough. A great read for history buffs.
John Francis
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
Awesome read. Every Cliff May book I've read, i've given 5 stars. This is the start of a new series about Eric Bloodaxe and I couldn't put it down. Check out all his other books to, you won't be sorry. ...more
Liz C
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

A good and interesting read about the early life of Eric Bloodaxe. Fast paced. I would recommend it to anyone who likes this sort of thing. Will definitely read the next one.
Karen Campbell
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very immersive

An insightful look into medieval Nordic society, as well as a good hack and slash novel. My only criticism is the pacing: highpoint to highpoint. Nonetheless, well written, and an enjoyable read.
John Phillips
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read

Great read I highly recommend this book and all the others by Mr May. action-filled loved the interaction between characters. Looking forward to his next book
Robert Cargill
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Best read all year, I was there every step of the way . I loved every line.congratulations on a brilliant book.
Stacy Townend
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bloodaxe by C R May

You can tell when reading this book that Cliff has spent considerable time researching places historical events before writing this excellent book.
The story follows Erik Bloodaxe son of Harald Fairhair this books follows the start of Eric's life living with his Foster father, learning the skills of a warrior. after an event that saw Eric trekking the wilds of the North land in the deep of winter to extract revenge, Eric's father visits and makes him his Heir, sending him off t
Dave Dodgson
On paper, this novel is my kind of reading material - historical fiction with an early medieval/Viking setting. And yet, I struggled to get into it. Early on, I found myself checking that I hadn't jumped in part way through a series as the characters came in thick and fast.

I enjoyed the campaign in Finnmark and the battle for Erik to wrest control of Norway from his half-brothers as the book passed the midway point. However, the teasing of the battles to come in book two felt anticlimactic to me
Jordana Diengdoh
I love books that keep me engaged, but this is not one of them. However, I finished reading it because it is about Vikings and their exploits which interest me. It is also interesting to come across the character Blood Axe (not Bloodaxe) in a book I read afer this one. It seemed I have not wasted my time knowing about this historical figure.
david stewart
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

At first I found the story didn't grip me as I hopped I'm an avid reader of Viking and dark age literature but as I persisted the characters came more to life and the political intrigue of the age grew on me , I found it unable to put down racing to see the outcome and eagerly waiting for the next instalment .
Jeff Hall
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good series opener

I enjoyed this book, Bloodaxe, a lot and hope the rest of the series will continue the momentum of the first book. The characters seem real, and the story has a basis in actual history with the author's added flair. Off to get the second book with optimism.
Brandon Montgomery
I like a good battle description but there were very few with very little detail. I understand that the battles can get.. repetitive but it would have been nice to have one very detailed battle scene in here. Very interesting read otherwise and I enjoyed it
Douglas lapsley
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spell binding

I liked his the characters were brought alive. Also it was so
O easy to read i couldn't out it down
Randy Slocum
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is ok and I did read it in a couple of sittings. But it did not really grab me. The writing itself does not flow for me.
Ed Walsh
Aug 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Unbelievable twelve year old leads adult vikings. Give me a break. Just keeping up with the names is mind breaking. Don't waste your time.
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