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Friday, 16 December 2011

The Might of Kings!

I recommend all readers of Norwegian to check out the following historical epic by Egil Moe...

Kongsmakt. (The Might of Kings).

Written by Egil Moe

Published 2010 by Sogesmia publishing. www.sogesmia.no

The Might of Kings is an epic historical saga set in the bleak, war-torn landscapes of the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Man, Bergen in Norway, and the Hebrides, and features the bloody Battle of Largs.

This 566-page novel follows the adventures of a young man, Torleif Haraldsson, and his struggle to survive after his father kills his own nephew, the King of the Sodor Isles and the Isle of Man, to claim the throne for himself. Travelling to Norway to swear fealty to his overlord, King Haakon Haakonsson of Norway, Torleif’s father is imprisoned for the murder and his son is left with the responsibility of ruling the kingdom.

Torleif finds himself surrounded by enemies as the Scots try to claim the Sodor islands, and the younger brother of the murdered king is crowned by Haakon Haakonsson. The young man is pitched into a deadly war between Norway and Scotland, and forced to fight for his life and his claim to the throne of the Isle of Man.'

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