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The Lords of the Wind

(The Saga of Hasting the Avenger #1)

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“For indeed the Frankish nation, which was crushed by the avenger Hasting, was full of filthy uncleanness. Treasonous and oath-breaking, they were deservedly condemned; unbelievers and faithless, they were justly punished.”

Orphaned as a child by a blood-feud, and sold as a slave to an exiled chieftain in Ireland, the boy Hasting had little hope of surviving to adulthood.
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Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published July 3rd 2019 by Runestone Books
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Septimus Brown
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
C.J. Adrien is a Viking historian, and his expertise is on display with this novel. Not only is the setting well wrought, the protagonist is highly likable, the action is non-stop, and there is a dynamic cast of characters. I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel.
Xerxes
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lord of the Wind is a well written, well crafted, and well done novel.

I have seen the rise of Hasting from a humble save to a mighty warrior experiencing love and loss. Though I felt his chemistry with Asa was brief, and therefore she was not the right choice, because it was to do with politics more than anything else. At some times, I felt Hasting needed a more difficult path because as he learned the arts and culture of the Celts and the Franks; it was easy for him. I needed more obstacles,
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Thorn Boarhardson
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

MY name is Thorn Boarhardsson and back when I belonged to a guild of Viking reenactors out of Stockton, CA know as the "Dark Boars" I met C.J. Adrien au-thor of "The Line Of His People" online and we struck up a friendship. I very much enjoyed reading his first book, but now his second sojourn into Viking historical fiction titled "The Lords Of The Wind" filled my sail with a Viking's machismo and a lust for adventure into the unknown rowing around the rivers bend not knowing what awaits
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Andrea Stoeckel
“…I recalled my father’s words. I remembered that he had said a man’s reputation survives him beyond his death if he lives his life well. I recalled how I had felt when the skald sang his songs about me to the admiration of the townspeople. It was uplifting .
“I want to be remembered”, I answered.
Horic ran his hand through his hair and smiled.”Remembered?” he mused. He chuckled and looked at Bjorn. “That,” he declared,”is the answer of a true warrior.”

This is a recounting of the early life of a
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Mary Enck
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Other reviews will go on about the storyline to be read in The Lords of the Wind, that it serves no purpose for me to echo them in that fashion. There is so much to learn from reading this novel steeped in the history of those known as Vikings. Life was hard and it can be felt with this story more than most written of times like this. The struggle for food, water, the battle against dirt and illness. All of this just jumps out as you read of it. This incredible skill of the writer to bring ...more
Zoe L.
Nov 20, 2019 added it
I think my favorite part of this book is that I can tell it was written with accuracy. C,J. Adrien is a historian and it showed in this story. His ability to seamlessly weave in the hardships, strife, and daily life of the time. Now don’t get me wrong, this story is filled with all the battles and bloodshed that you would expect of a viking tale. However, for me the shining moments were the moments that typically go by without a backwards glance. The day to day details that the author ...more
Paul Bennett
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"For indeed the Frankish nation, which was crushed by the avenger Hasting, was full of filthy uncleanness. Treasonous and oath-breaking, they were deservedly condemned; unbelievers and faithless, they were justly punished."Orphaned as a child by a blood-feud, and sold as a slave to an exiled chieftain in Ireland, the boy Hasting had little hope of surviving to adulthood. The gods had other plans. A ship arrived at his master's longphort carrying a man who would alter the course of his
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Richard Gardner
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hard to put down

I gave this book a 5 star rating because I stayed up late in the evening,lying in my bed reading .I could not sleep until I knew what would happen next. I would wake early on the morn and start reading the story again . My only disappointment is that part one this story ended so soon.A great saga and I can't wait until I read part two.
Adrienne
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book

This will sound silly: I was initially attracted to this author because his name is similar to my first+middle. Regardless, I’m glad I found the book because it’s fantastic. The storyline is engrossing; the action is well-paced and the editing is pretty solid for an ebook.
Terry Sampson
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting story

I enjoyed this story but it felt a little stilted - a bit like a translation. Maybe it was. Looking forward to the next one in the series. Tough times back then.
David Wood
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent

Much more about the politics and relationships that powered the era. It isn't blow by blow and party by parry that so many of the tales of the Vikings are, but realistically based on history.
neil fowler
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable

Really liked this, the reason I gave it 4 stars, was it seemed to slow considerably at stages. Other than that we'll worth buying.
David Dungan
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good history

Book well researched and written. I found it very enjoyable and interesting. I look forward to reading more of them. A nice break from mystery novels.
Susanne Berger
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved

This is a great story of Hastings. I love how it is written, like a journal. He tells the story of his life and feelings. Engaging!
kathleen winslow
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book of you like history and vikings.
Can't wait for the next episode.
Lelia Howell
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book

If you like history you will like this book. The story comes alive and you can't wait for the next book
tony teniswood
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding read, plenty of action,a thrill a minute. Leaves you wanting more.
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C.J. Adrien is a French-American author of Viking Historical Fiction with a passion for Viking history. His two series are inspired by research conducted in preparation for a doctoral program in early medieval history as well as his admiration for historical fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett. He is also a published historian on the subject of Vikings, with articles featured ...more