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What if? What if the descendants of the Vikings who settled Greenland and went on to reach North America around the end of the first millennium had stayed? Five hundred years later, would Christopher Columbus have arrived to the south of an eastern seaboard dotted with centuries old settlements and towns hosting devotees to Thor and Odin? Might the Norse have gone on to build What if? What if the descendants of the Vikings who settled Greenland and went on to reach North America around the end of the first millennium had stayed? Five hundred years later, would Christopher Columbus have arrived to the south of an eastern seaboard dotted with centuries old settlements and towns hosting devotees to Thor and Odin? Might the Norse have gone on to build a nation as dominant as the United States of our own world? A thousand years after reaching Greenland, Vinland and Markland, would we still have had two world wars? What might the world look like? Where might the political and religious divides be drawn? This is the New World. *** At the turn of the first millennium: Eskil, orphaned in war, but now a man, is leading his followers to found a settlement dedicated to Asgard’s gods in the newly discovered lands in the west. There, after tests, adventures and challenges, he will leave a legacy that will grow to become the strongest nation the world has ever seen. The Landing is the first book in The United States of Vinland series and is an alternate history that begins the saga with the establishment of the first Markland halls. Welcome to Norse America.


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What if? What if the descendants of the Vikings who settled Greenland and went on to reach North America around the end of the first millennium had stayed? Five hundred years later, would Christopher Columbus have arrived to the south of an eastern seaboard dotted with centuries old settlements and towns hosting devotees to Thor and Odin? Might the Norse have gone on to build What if? What if the descendants of the Vikings who settled Greenland and went on to reach North America around the end of the first millennium had stayed? Five hundred years later, would Christopher Columbus have arrived to the south of an eastern seaboard dotted with centuries old settlements and towns hosting devotees to Thor and Odin? Might the Norse have gone on to build a nation as dominant as the United States of our own world? A thousand years after reaching Greenland, Vinland and Markland, would we still have had two world wars? What might the world look like? Where might the political and religious divides be drawn? This is the New World. *** At the turn of the first millennium: Eskil, orphaned in war, but now a man, is leading his followers to found a settlement dedicated to Asgard’s gods in the newly discovered lands in the west. There, after tests, adventures and challenges, he will leave a legacy that will grow to become the strongest nation the world has ever seen. The Landing is the first book in The United States of Vinland series and is an alternate history that begins the saga with the establishment of the first Markland halls. Welcome to Norse America.

30 review for The Landing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    Good book, but not at all what I anticipated or was led to expect. I thought this would be a tasty alternate history about the Norse settling North America and starting up the United States of Vinland (part of the title). This is like the very early beginning of that vision. Norse people have shipwrecked on the eastern Canadian coast and are taking care of business and there are the fledgling, embryonic humble beginnings of such a Norse state. Certainly author Colin Taber has this in his sights. W Good book, but not at all what I anticipated or was led to expect. I thought this would be a tasty alternate history about the Norse settling North America and starting up the United States of Vinland (part of the title). This is like the very early beginning of that vision. Norse people have shipwrecked on the eastern Canadian coast and are taking care of business and there are the fledgling, embryonic humble beginnings of such a Norse state. Certainly author Colin Taber has this in his sights. We’ll get there eventually. The Landing (The United States of Vinland #1) his 2013 publication, sets the stage for such a future table setting, but what we have here are the appetizers before the entrée. This is literally about the Viking settlers getting it all started. The fun thing about alternate histories is that we get to see something different. So, for instance, we could see the 1860s where instead of four score and seven years earlier from English and Dutch settlers, we started from a Scandinavian source. Instead of a Great Awakening, we could have a Norse equivalent, where there is a revival of Norse paganism. What would the 1920s look like if we had a Viking New World coming in from the cheap seats on the European Great War? Alternate histories began with Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and spread out to L. Sprague de Camp’s Lest Darkness Fall and Poul Anderson and Harry Turtledove and the cool stuff is about the variances between what we have and what could be. “What if?” is at the heart of this genre. Taber gets it, but perhaps he is too ambitious, wanting to chronicle Louis L’Amour or James Michener fashion a rich history of generations leading to a cool and radically different Norse America. And maybe he’ll get there finally. But not in this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Shayne-Train

    The blurb is a tad bit of a misnomer. This is the first novel in a "What If?" alt-history tale about a Norse-settled America. But this book deals with the first landing and rough settlement, the tenuous grasp the Norse have on the land. That being said, I loved it. We are guided through the story by a rare-creature in Literature of the North: the thinking Viking. Eskil is honest, good, compassionate. He wishes to provide for his people, and to lead them away from the corruption of the encroachin The blurb is a tad bit of a misnomer. This is the first novel in a "What If?" alt-history tale about a Norse-settled America. But this book deals with the first landing and rough settlement, the tenuous grasp the Norse have on the land. That being said, I loved it. We are guided through the story by a rare-creature in Literature of the North: the thinking Viking. Eskil is honest, good, compassionate. He wishes to provide for his people, and to lead them away from the corruption of the encroaching "White Christ." He isn't swilling ale and dreaming of blood. He's dreaming of safety and farmlands, of peace and prosperity. Also, there is a great deal about how the Norse and the Natives, called here the "skraelings," interact. I found it fascinating, and well-written. I just learned from the author's webpage that the 2nd book in the series, which should have been out by now according to the ad for it at the end of the 1st book, has been delayed due to illness. I am wishing him well, and I'll thank you to overlook my ulterior motive of desiring to continue to learn about this amazing new world.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matt D

    I made it nearly halfway through this one before giving up. I liked the concept a lot, as I am a fan of alternate history. It started off somewhat strong, but it was all just downhill from there. The writing style isn't very good; sentences are choppy, dialogue is forced an unnatural, and character development is minimal, at best. I'd liked to have finished it, but I just couldn't waste any more time trying.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    What a concept! What if the Vinland map was real and the Vikings had stayed and populated the North American Continent. How would life be different? This first book just sets the stage for that progression, but does it in a very realistic manner, and one in which the characters are very true to what I have read of that time in history. Colin has done a good job in making that time come to life, as well as the people, which are not flashy, or over the top, but are trying to survive in a world the What a concept! What if the Vinland map was real and the Vikings had stayed and populated the North American Continent. How would life be different? This first book just sets the stage for that progression, but does it in a very realistic manner, and one in which the characters are very true to what I have read of that time in history. Colin has done a good job in making that time come to life, as well as the people, which are not flashy, or over the top, but are trying to survive in a world they do not yet fully understand. This is a story of discovery, of survival, of personal growth, of rivalry, of violence, of xenophobia, of romance, and finally of triumph. It is a story of people traveling to a new land to establish their claim for religious freedom. The plot twists and turns, with a number of surprises on during the length of the novel. Colin has done an amazing job at making the human side of the story shine through, including the story of the women who came with the men. This story also includes the native Americans that they discover when they get there. The tale of the native Americans is sad, and yet has a better ending than anticipated. The descriptions of the locations, the settlements, the characters, and the action were all detailed and vivid. There were moments of intense action, poignant romance, cultural understanding, suffering and discovery. Colin does an amazing job of making the entire time and place come to life as if you were actually there. By the end, multiple generations of survivors have are now established, and then the book ends with a cliff hanger ending. I hate cliff hanger endings. It is a personal thing. Believe in your writing enough to end the book in a reasonable way, and if you write well enough, people will continue to read your books without cliffhangers. Believe me - they really will. This is one of books that is so good, it does not need a cliffhanger. I would read the next book without it in a heartbeat. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in expanding their thinking a bit and playing what if with history. It is such a seductive idea - what if the Vikings had settled the country - what would the world be like now? I can't wait to find out Colin's view on it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jamie D.

    This book proved to be worth the wait. I have followed this author through The Ossard Trilogy and eagerly awaited the release of this series. The Viking Age with all its confronting realism meets the New World in a truly engaging alternate history. I was most impressed with the setting. The majestic natural environment was described beautifully, making me feel like I was there all through the book. The story continually moved forward and was full of action. Plenty of axe, blood and gore set again This book proved to be worth the wait. I have followed this author through The Ossard Trilogy and eagerly awaited the release of this series. The Viking Age with all its confronting realism meets the New World in a truly engaging alternate history. I was most impressed with the setting. The majestic natural environment was described beautifully, making me feel like I was there all through the book. The story continually moved forward and was full of action. Plenty of axe, blood and gore set against power struggles and strong human emotions. Very much recommended for readers of speculative fiction seeking an original read. The best part is, having enjoyed the book, I can look forward to another 1000 years of alternate Viking history as the series progresses. The story is an original and exciting concept!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Colin Taber

    I'm just adding it as I happened to write it. This is part of a longer and larger project, a series of quirky historicals in alternate history. The books are styled as action adventures. They should be quick and fun reads. If you're curious, I hope you enjoy it and like what you see. Kindle release March 2013 US Paperback April 2012 Australian Paperback May 2013 - launched at Melbourne and Gold Coast Supanova Expos This is book 1 of the Markland trilogy. Book 2 will follow after midyear and book 3 at I'm just adding it as I happened to write it. This is part of a longer and larger project, a series of quirky historicals in alternate history. The books are styled as action adventures. They should be quick and fun reads. If you're curious, I hope you enjoy it and like what you see. Kindle release March 2013 US Paperback April 2012 Australian Paperback May 2013 - launched at Melbourne and Gold Coast Supanova Expos This is book 1 of the Markland trilogy. Book 2 will follow after midyear and book 3 at the end of 2013.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    An interesting premise. I've always been intrigued by Vikings so I will definitely be reading the next book in the series to see how things pan out in this new land.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Indi

    ACTUAL RATING 3.5 STARS What if? What if the Vikings that had come from Greenland or Iceland or Norway decided to stay in what we now know as North America? What if the Vikings had stayed and had created a civilisation as grand and powerful as today’s USA? Would have Christopher Columbus reached the Americas 500 years later and already have found a large Viking civilisation? Would there have been the World Wars? The Great Depression? What might the world look like today? Would there be similar re ACTUAL RATING 3.5 STARS What if? What if the Vikings that had come from Greenland or Iceland or Norway decided to stay in what we now know as North America? What if the Vikings had stayed and had created a civilisation as grand and powerful as today’s USA? Would have Christopher Columbus reached the Americas 500 years later and already have found a large Viking civilisation? Would there have been the World Wars? The Great Depression? What might the world look like today? Would there be similar religions and politics as there are now? This is the new world. Welcome to Norse America. This book is obviously an alternate version of Viking history and it was written differently then what you may be used to in ANY other book. At first this different styles of writing for me sucked; especially the first 20 or so pages. There is not a great deal of dialogue, which some people may actually prefer, but there is certainly enough to get you by; like little hooks that swing you back up when you’re about to fall. An actual fact: People give movies 7 minutes of viewing time before deciding to watch it more. People give books the first 3 pages of reading before deciding whether or not to read more. This book does not do that. At all. And what the hell are Skraelings? It actually took me awhile to figure out that they were Native Americans. At first they were described to me as horrendous beasts, but it turns out they were people. Talk about useless description. Even if it were meant to be like that. And the pages were filled up with loads of useless descriptive language that didn’t get you anywhere. Even at the end of the book I still had no real idea of what their new settlements actually looked like. BUT if you can get through the first 20 pages then you are in for a treat! Though the writing style is unfamiliar it doesn’t drag a reader down like it could do; it gives readers the room to have freedom with their own imagination. Most characters are quite strong, characterisation wise and most play a major role in the story. And a major point for me was that the plot was spaced out well. I suggest this book to people with a keen interest in history with a twist or an interest in Vikings, because I found it a little bit difficult to follow with the Viking culture; having knowledge of Vikings will defiantly benefit you in this book. I am defiantly interested in reading the second book in the series. AND I HAVE SEEN ON A FEW OTHER REVIEWS REGARDING THAT CHRISTOPHER COLUMBOUS WAS THE FIRST MAN TO DISCOVER AMERICA. THIS IS NOT TRUE. VIKING, LEIF ERICSON (mentioned in the book but never actually met him) DISCOVERED AMERICA NEARLY 500 YEARS BEFORE COLUMBOUS.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Verity Brown

    The concept here is awesome: what if the Viking settlements in North America had succeeded? The writing, while nothing special, is workmanlike enough. So what went wrong? Why am I giving this only 2 stars? Sadly, this book lacks the main thing that is vital to any story: a plot. This book is more of a chronicle--this happened, then that happened, then this other thing happened. It's a format that *can* work for telling a story, if appropriate levels of tension and an overarching plotline are buil The concept here is awesome: what if the Viking settlements in North America had succeeded? The writing, while nothing special, is workmanlike enough. So what went wrong? Why am I giving this only 2 stars? Sadly, this book lacks the main thing that is vital to any story: a plot. This book is more of a chronicle--this happened, then that happened, then this other thing happened. It's a format that *can* work for telling a story, if appropriate levels of tension and an overarching plotline are built in. That didn't happen here. Instead, the tension is momentary and situational--who will win a fight, for example--rather than being connected to overall questions of whether the characters will succeed and survive. In fact, there is never a moment when the odds seem so completely stacked against the survival of the little colony that the reader has any reason to fear that they won't make it. Grief at characters' deaths is dealt with summarily, lacking any lasting repercussions. Starvation never seems to be a real threat; even hunger is scarcely uncomfortable. And the only conflict between characters is with the bad-guy leaders of the other group of colonists. In other words, the characters don't seem much like real individuals, let alone members of a real group. The end result is a book that is disappointingly dull. I kept hoping for something more, for the sake of the concept and the characters (a few of whom I found engaging, in spite of everything), but it never materialized.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Ok, this is not great literature, but I'm a bit of a sucker for alternative histories, especially when they involve Vikings. This book rollicks along, and though I skipped bits that were a bit long-winded, it was a satisfying read. This would be enjoyed by young adults, especially boys, as there's lots of action and it fits into the genre of historical fantasy that is so popular with young people. I am looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy. Well done, Colin, for an imaginative but r Ok, this is not great literature, but I'm a bit of a sucker for alternative histories, especially when they involve Vikings. This book rollicks along, and though I skipped bits that were a bit long-winded, it was a satisfying read. This would be enjoyed by young adults, especially boys, as there's lots of action and it fits into the genre of historical fantasy that is so popular with young people. I am looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy. Well done, Colin, for an imaginative but reasonably authentic Viking tale.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marla

    If you like a story about people surviving on a frontier, this is for you. If you want lots of action and adventure, probably not so much(at least not in the first book). I like a good alternate history, though there were a few hand-wave-the-gods-want-us-to-succeed-so-everything-just-worked-out-nicely situations. I'll be interested to see how the story of Vikings settling the Americas continues.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melisende

    I loved this "what if" story of the founding of the USA. I read it in two days - my attention was held from the start. I have read the sagas of the founding of both Iceland and Greenland, so this extension (if you like) of the Viking journey to the north American seaboard is not really that far-fetched. In fact, there is some conjecture that "others" had reached these shores long before Columbus - this explores one of those ideas - and well. The Landing is the story of the first arrivals and thei I loved this "what if" story of the founding of the USA. I read it in two days - my attention was held from the start. I have read the sagas of the founding of both Iceland and Greenland, so this extension (if you like) of the Viking journey to the north American seaboard is not really that far-fetched. In fact, there is some conjecture that "others" had reached these shores long before Columbus - this explores one of those ideas - and well. The Landing is the story of the first arrivals and their struggles to establish themselves in this new land after such a perilous and tragic journey. I am so looking forward to the second installment which, I believe, begins 20 years after the first landings. Colin's style of writing is easy to read and flowing - not too bogged down with over descriptive narrative and of the land and its peoples, leaving just enough for your imagination to take full flight - which is what a good novel should do. Highly recommended for those interested in history with a twist.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Glancing at the blurb and seeing Taber at book panel foolishly had me entering the book expecting a modern day United States of Vinland. It's not, instead I found the tale of Eskil as he, along with his followers, attempts to establish a settlement and navigate the jarring and confusing landscape of Marksland. Once I got past that jarring introduction to the book I found it to be an enjoyable read. I initially found the cast of characters hard to separate from each other, but as the book continue Glancing at the blurb and seeing Taber at book panel foolishly had me entering the book expecting a modern day United States of Vinland. It's not, instead I found the tale of Eskil as he, along with his followers, attempts to establish a settlement and navigate the jarring and confusing landscape of Marksland. Once I got past that jarring introduction to the book I found it to be an enjoyable read. I initially found the cast of characters hard to separate from each other, but as the book continued some emerged as more prominent and this became easier to identify them by. The many subplots that arose from the colonisation of Godsland were interesting and realistic - I almost felt as thought I was there with them. Taber raises some interesting questions as the Vikings interact with their surroundings and the native population. Although I felt the book infodumped occasionally, the alternate history plot line was intriguing enough that I could forgive the book for that.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Raymond White

    I picked this book up because I like alternate history books as a rule and thought the idea behind the book--Vikings settling American and making it their own--was intriguing. Unfortunately the plot doesn't live up to the premise. The author has a couple of decent characters but most were too shallow to hold my interest. He does settings quite well, describing them so they are quite visual. I think he'll develop better dialogue skills as he continues to write and I noticed by the end of the book I picked this book up because I like alternate history books as a rule and thought the idea behind the book--Vikings settling American and making it their own--was intriguing. Unfortunately the plot doesn't live up to the premise. The author has a couple of decent characters but most were too shallow to hold my interest. He does settings quite well, describing them so they are quite visual. I think he'll develop better dialogue skills as he continues to write and I noticed by the end of the book he was beginning to flesh out some of his characters to make them more interesting. The book is worth reading but don't get your hopes up too far. I gave it three stars instead of the two I'd originally considered because I'll probably read the sequel to see if the writer's skill improves. I hope so, just because the premise is so interesting.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Book one Book one, the shipped wrecked landing of the Norse in Vinland. Nothing out of the ordinary, you can easily guess what comes next. The hero and his wife are apparently the only ones with brains, the rest of the dunces just follow along. Won't bother reading the second book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Frode

    Alternative history is fun and imaginative. The concept for this book and series interested me. Vikings landing and settling in North America and building a nation, which by definition would be quite different from the one we have today. So why did I rate it just OK if the concept is promising? First off was the position of the settlers of strict adherence to the old ways, worshiping the Norse gods, Odin, Thor, Freya, etc. They didn't like the White Christ. The author doesn't give us a time when Alternative history is fun and imaginative. The concept for this book and series interested me. Vikings landing and settling in North America and building a nation, which by definition would be quite different from the one we have today. So why did I rate it just OK if the concept is promising? First off was the position of the settlers of strict adherence to the old ways, worshiping the Norse gods, Odin, Thor, Freya, etc. They didn't like the White Christ. The author doesn't give us a time when the settlers arrived, but it was likely somewhere around 1000-1100 AD. By that time Greenland and Iceland would have developed enough to have some resources, and the lands would mostly have been taken; hence, some folks would be looking westward for land they could claim. Society by that time had become more rigid, and the influence of the church had become pretty strong. The question is whether or not there would have been enough traditionalists and adventurers to mount the expedition. But, it is alternative history, so I get it. The author is entitled to a little literary license. Mr. Taber portrays the most of them as being pretty touchy and prideful. It would be hard to work for the common good in such a society. It is curious that with all the tradition and hideboundness of the people, the author has a couple of very strong willed women who take a form of leadership. That seems to be a contradiction to me. Nonetheless, the society they shape seems to work. The characters are a bit flat with the possible exception of Seta, a Skraeling. Eskil doesn't change at all; he is a thoughtful leader but a bit thin-skinned like the rest, and he listens to his wife. And so forth. There is a bit of a love story, one ruinous division, a fight with a wolf and then later other wolves, and the problem of how to get along with the natives. All in all it was an ok story. There are others. I might pick up one that's generations down the pike just to see what sort of society the author has them develop.

  17. 4 out of 5

    A

    The Landing is a concept with TONS of promise. Think "The Man in the High Castle" set 1000 years earlier. However it fails to deliver. This book is set at the time of Norse settlement of Markland (Labrador) and is totally focused on the settling of this new land by a shipwrecked group of Vikings seeking to settle in the New World to continue praying to the old Norse gods, Thor, Odin, and others. The story is fair though the writer seems to get bogged down at times in side stories and pieces of th The Landing is a concept with TONS of promise. Think "The Man in the High Castle" set 1000 years earlier. However it fails to deliver. This book is set at the time of Norse settlement of Markland (Labrador) and is totally focused on the settling of this new land by a shipwrecked group of Vikings seeking to settle in the New World to continue praying to the old Norse gods, Thor, Odin, and others. The story is fair though the writer seems to get bogged down at times in side stories and pieces of the story he feels are part of modern multi-part series requirements. I feel if he had just told his story straightforward instead of trying to fit it into some set of designs it would have been far better. There are other books in this series but I won't be reading them. Interestingly I note they get better ratings on Goodreads, but suspect that is because the people who really liked this first book are the only ones to continue reading. I should have trusted the other Goodreads readers who gave this book a 3.5 average score, which is pretty darn low for Goodreads and steered clear, but the premise was just so appealing. Oh well, hopefully you learn from my review what I didn't from others. Unless you LOVE reading about alternate history and Norse skip this in favor of other alternate history. If you haven't read "The Man in the High Castle" start there.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Larry Epp

    The blurb on the book begins: What if the descendants of the Vikings who settled Greenland and went on to reach North America around the end of the first millennium had stayed? An interesting idea. Since I've lived on the Labrador coast and seen the results of Viking settlement on the northern tip of Newfoundland, I was intrigued. And for the first few chapters, it was interesting. But, Taber has not been to Labrador -- there are no oak trees there. Even in the 1000 AD global warming period, veg The blurb on the book begins: What if the descendants of the Vikings who settled Greenland and went on to reach North America around the end of the first millennium had stayed? An interesting idea. Since I've lived on the Labrador coast and seen the results of Viking settlement on the northern tip of Newfoundland, I was intrigued. And for the first few chapters, it was interesting. But, Taber has not been to Labrador -- there are no oak trees there. Even in the 1000 AD global warming period, vegetable gardens would have been extremely iffy north of Lake Melville where his first settlements are. The relationship with the land's aboriginal population -- as slaves and then rebels-- problematic. And at the time of the thrall rebelion 20 years after first settlement, the farm and village life is way too far advanced. And then once the rebellion starts, chapter after chapter after chapter of the fight. Sigh. I could not finish.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Read Ng

    The premise interested me. I thought I would give it a go. This was an ebook version. I did find the book and situation development interesting and it captivated me. I was under the impression from the subtitle and cover art that more of the story would take place in a modern day USV and not entirely during the peak of the Viking dominance in seafaring and exploration. I guess what I miss from an Alternate History perspective is how our current society might differ if such and such had occurred t The premise interested me. I thought I would give it a go. This was an ebook version. I did find the book and situation development interesting and it captivated me. I was under the impression from the subtitle and cover art that more of the story would take place in a modern day USV and not entirely during the peak of the Viking dominance in seafaring and exploration. I guess what I miss from an Alternate History perspective is how our current society might differ if such and such had occurred to change our history. This was just a backstory setup for the USV world. Unfortunately, it has yet to explore what the USV morphed into. Due to the misdirection, I am less likely to continue the series. Perhaps the new reader should instead skip this book and jump ahead in time to book 2 or 3? Once hooked, come back to book 1. Have a GoodReads.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Archer

    A good, refreshing alternate history. Rather than the usual tired retelling of the American Civil War or one of the first or second World Wars, we get a view of "what if the Norse had stayed in their initial colonies on America". A pagan Norse-colonized America would end being very different from Anglo-saxon dominated European efforts. This first volume is a slow start. It provides a fascinating glimpse into the mindset of the Norse colonists (although the real ones were more of a "we're running f A good, refreshing alternate history. Rather than the usual tired retelling of the American Civil War or one of the first or second World Wars, we get a view of "what if the Norse had stayed in their initial colonies on America". A pagan Norse-colonized America would end being very different from Anglo-saxon dominated European efforts. This first volume is a slow start. It provides a fascinating glimpse into the mindset of the Norse colonists (although the real ones were more of a "we're running from irate neighbors after killing one too many thralls there"). And sets up the scene for what happened 5 centuries later.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I DO like a saga! And I enjoyed the beginning of this one! I had to google some terms I wasn't familiar with and even watched a youtube video about getting metal from a bog?! I had no idea :-P There were a LOT of characters, but I felt I kept track of them pretty easily, but I'm wondering if I should jot them down while they're fresh in my mind. I have 3 more books in the series, but maybe they jump ahead in time and I won't see these characters again? I was glad for a balance between bloodthirs I DO like a saga! And I enjoyed the beginning of this one! I had to google some terms I wasn't familiar with and even watched a youtube video about getting metal from a bog?! I had no idea :-P There were a LOT of characters, but I felt I kept track of them pretty easily, but I'm wondering if I should jot them down while they're fresh in my mind. I have 3 more books in the series, but maybe they jump ahead in time and I won't see these characters again? I was glad for a balance between bloodthirsty characters and those who were more peaceful! Looking forward to the next installment, which is ready and waiting for me in my library!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Scot

    First in an alterrnate history series in which it is the Norse who will successfully colonize North America. Ingtriguing concept so I signed on. First book is all initial settlements in two competing halls with diifferent leadership styles and strategies for interacting with the skraelings, the Native Americans akready there and nearby, I enjoyed meeting the different characters and the way the author letrs the narrative unfold, with respect to the perspectives of the participants with which we First in an alterrnate history series in which it is the Norse who will successfully colonize North America. Ingtriguing concept so I signed on. First book is all initial settlements in two competing halls with diifferent leadership styles and strategies for interacting with the skraelings, the Native Americans akready there and nearby, I enjoyed meeting the different characters and the way the author letrs the narrative unfold, with respect to the perspectives of the participants with which we are to sympathize. I will continue in this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Charles Baker

    Viking Adventures Good, fast paced, adventure yarn. Always loved reading about Vikings and Norse mythology as a kid, so this was a good fit for me. Good dose of reality with regard to the harsh conditions, and the brutality involved in the clash of cultures. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eric Simons

    A good idea but turgid I'm sorry. I tried! I really tried! I liked the idea and the first few chapters were good then it for bogged down in pointless detail and failed to move forward. I'm sure writing this book was a learning experience but the pace was frankly lacking.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Debbi Smith

    Great twist to history An alternative history of the discovery of North America. While it has its share of battles and gore, it also tells of the day-to-day problems of settling a new land. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to continuing the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    John Shearer

    The United States of Vinland This story was a good read the only real complaints is the use of the Horse names ,mostly because I have no idea how they are pronounced and thus are used as filler.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    I loved The Landing as it represents a particular variant of Alternate History that I am very enthusiastic about and I look forward to how Mr. Taber develops the evolution of North America following the colonial efforts of the Aesir-worshipping people of the Scandinavia, Iceland, and Greenland.

  28. 4 out of 5

    M M

    Though it was a very interesting book, I thought that we would get further into the history of the United States of Vinland. It was enjoyable for what it was, a good and easy read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    John

    Somewhat boring, a very bad thing for a novel.

  30. 4 out of 5

    George

    The beginning of a series of alternate history where the norseman settled North America first. I liked the easy read and the descriptions of getting a colony started.

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