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West Oversea: A Norse Saga

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In the year 1001, King Olaf Trygvesson is dead, but his sister's husband, Erling Skjalgsson, carries on his dream of a Christian Norway that preserves its traditional freedoms. Rather than do a dishonorable deed, Erling relinquishes his power and lands. He and his household board ships and sail west to find a new life with Leif Eriksson in Greenland. This voyage, though, w ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published May 15th 2009 by Nordskog Publishing
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Deana Dick
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not my typical genre to read but I found the writing to be so descriptive I had to continue on. I love books that allow readers to travel to different eras and explore different cultures. I knew few little about the Vikings and what their beliefs were. The author does a great job of telling a story that makes you feel like you are right there with the characters. They are bold, strong and fierce and have a determination to enjoy their adventure on the high seas.

I am not a fan of the oce
Anne Rightler
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
West Oversea by Lars Walker is a remarkable historical tale. First millennial Viking history is a little-known world to this reader and I imagine to many others as well. Walker does a great job, giving readers a seemingly realistic view of the Viking world--a harsh and hostile world. Apparently this is a sequel but can easily be read as a stand-alone story. Characters are strong and yet have the same feelings and failings as folks centuries hence. With the beginnings of Christian faith in their ...more
Steve Penner
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another in these Norse romances, as the author labels them. They are romances in the older meaning of the word, not in the Harlequin era meaning. This Norse tale is set at the turn of the first millennium when the hero, Erling Skjalgsson, is forced by honor to abandon his claim to land and title in Norway and makes his way west to Iceland, Greenland and Vinland. Those that believe the Norse were the first to explore North America as far south as Nova Scotia will be delighted at the tale. Father ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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The 11th-century adventures of the priest Father Aillil continue with Norseman Erling Skjalgsson, a recent convert to Christianity. Their journey takes them from Norway to Iceland to Vinland (later North America) to Greenland and Leif Eriksson and then back to Norway. Father Aillil is sometimes smart and sometimes naive, but savvy, creative, and not afraid to take on the supernatural, of which there is a great deal. An entertaining read, but I prefer Erling's Word (now expanded and retitled The Year ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The storyline and the author's sense of humor drew me in. It was a little confusing for me because I was not familiar with the names of the Norse people but that did not detract from the story. I wanted to know what happened. I was not aware it was part of a series. This story is a reminder that no matter how far you go you can return home. Look out for the little gems that the author disperses throughout these pages. I received this book from for an honest review. The opinions expre ...more
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it

Stories have a funny way of associating themselves with random parts of life. John Christopher’s post-apocalyptic YA novel The White Mountains makes me think about how, at age 13, a reading buddy and I translated its sense of daring into a clandestine (and illegal, I now suspect) trek to a junction box outside his house to see if we could wiretap his parents’ phone. An abortive attempt to delve into Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World recalls an agonizingly
Feb 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I found West Oversea to be a mildly good and entertaining read. Lars Walker did a great job illustrating for us the mindset of 11th-century Northern Europeans and the particular temptations and struggles that Christians of that time period dealt with - some of which can only be described as beyond our present experience. There were several instances in the story, however, where the main character dreams about the future and these episodes do not really flow well with the rest of the narrative. I ...more
Jessica Snell
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
"West Oversea" follows Father Aillil, the Irish hero of Lars Walker's previous book, "The Year of the Warrior", as he travels with his Norwegian lord, Erling, across the sea to Greenland.

Adventures ensure, including a long and feud-filled stay in Iceland and a storm-tossed journey to the New World, but they do eventually make it to Greenland - sailing northeast rather than northwest.

This is a Christian novel, and of the best sort. You don't pick up a Lars Walker novel to
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is original and compelling work, and I found myself liking this story more than Bernard Cornwell's better-known novels of the Norse.

On a now-defunct blog, I expanded that assessment a bit:

It's not often that any one author is refreshingly original enough to evoke comparisons to Le Guin, Hillerman, Cornwell, and Schaara, especially because most of *them* never sat on a bench in a Viking hall telling sea stories.

(It may seem paradoxical to praise originality by alluding to/>It's
Abbie Riddle
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Loved this. I read this with my son and found it to be very interesting. It follows the same type of story line as C.S. Lewis' fantastical story Voyage of the Dawn Treader. As we read it we were transported back in time to a season of adventure. This is the first book by this author that I have read, but now I am up for reading his other works as well. Much like Lewis one can't read just one and stop. For now we (my son and I) are captivated by the characters and feel as if we know each one ...more
Christopher Antonetti
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like the Norse sagas, West Oversea weaves a fantasy tale through true historical events. The plot moves quickly between exciting and important scenes without filler or pretense. The character depth is adequate. Set at the time when the Norse were converting to Christianity, there is a lot of ambiguity concerning how Christians should act in a pagan culture. Walker presents these gray areas without judgement or the need to nicely wrap up everyone's spiritual life at the end. There is a weird runn ...more
Jul 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Interesting blend of historical fiction centered on Norse history; supernatural and speculative fiction; and philosophical commentary. I found it entertaining even though historical fiction isn't usually my style.
Phil Wade
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Very good historical fantasy.
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Walker is a native of Kenyon, Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis. He has worked as a crabmeat packer in Alaska, a radio announcer, a church secretary and an administrative assistant and is presently librarian and bookstore manager for the schools of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations in Plymouth, Minnesota. He is the author of "The Year of the Warrior" and other novels and is the edito ...more