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"If the edge of a man´s soul needs some honing, then the honing will come, by Death or by Challenge." Thorbjörn the Thunder priest from Gautland has found refuge in a peaceful Baltic River Land village after a tumultous life as the sole survivor of a persecuted lineage that has carried the secrets of Thunder since the Age of the Great Stone Temples and as a Rus Viking in ex "If the edge of a man´s soul needs some honing, then the honing will come, by Death or by Challenge." Thorbjörn the Thunder priest from Gautland has found refuge in a peaceful Baltic River Land village after a tumultous life as the sole survivor of a persecuted lineage that has carried the secrets of Thunder since the Age of the Great Stone Temples and as a Rus Viking in exile. He knows that he must teach his daughters how to survive and remain free in the case of a Viking attack. But little could prepare seventeen year old Zivah and seven year old Thordis for the onslaughts of the barbarous Rus Vikings, pirates and slavers eager to profit on the civilized lands´ endless demand for New slaves... Orphaned and raided, little Thordis embarks on a quest to save her older sister from rape and slavery by befriending some of the weirdest and most contrary men there ever were... The Hammer of Greatness is the first book in the historical epic fiction BLADE HONER about the life of the Oseberg priestess (783-834 AD) From the Author of "The Seed of Yggdrasill - Deciphering the Hidden Messages in Old Norse Myths"


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"If the edge of a man´s soul needs some honing, then the honing will come, by Death or by Challenge." Thorbjörn the Thunder priest from Gautland has found refuge in a peaceful Baltic River Land village after a tumultous life as the sole survivor of a persecuted lineage that has carried the secrets of Thunder since the Age of the Great Stone Temples and as a Rus Viking in ex "If the edge of a man´s soul needs some honing, then the honing will come, by Death or by Challenge." Thorbjörn the Thunder priest from Gautland has found refuge in a peaceful Baltic River Land village after a tumultous life as the sole survivor of a persecuted lineage that has carried the secrets of Thunder since the Age of the Great Stone Temples and as a Rus Viking in exile. He knows that he must teach his daughters how to survive and remain free in the case of a Viking attack. But little could prepare seventeen year old Zivah and seven year old Thordis for the onslaughts of the barbarous Rus Vikings, pirates and slavers eager to profit on the civilized lands´ endless demand for New slaves... Orphaned and raided, little Thordis embarks on a quest to save her older sister from rape and slavery by befriending some of the weirdest and most contrary men there ever were... The Hammer of Greatness is the first book in the historical epic fiction BLADE HONER about the life of the Oseberg priestess (783-834 AD) From the Author of "The Seed of Yggdrasill - Deciphering the Hidden Messages in Old Norse Myths"

34 review for The Hammer of Greatness: Life of the Oseberg priestess (783-834 AD) (BLADE HONER Book 1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steve Cran

    A tale that starts off with a dream by a sacred healer who lives close to the river with her people. The village is a place of freedom and peace. It is a place where women are respected and thing are rather matrilineal with the men following after the ways of the women. Much different from the Viking era world were men hold sway over everything. Perun or Thor the Thundergod is central to this story even if he is not actually present. The dream eventually come true. A wounded Norseman name Thorbj A tale that starts off with a dream by a sacred healer who lives close to the river with her people. The village is a place of freedom and peace. It is a place where women are respected and thing are rather matrilineal with the men following after the ways of the women. Much different from the Viking era world were men hold sway over everything. Perun or Thor the Thundergod is central to this story even if he is not actually present. The dream eventually come true. A wounded Norseman name Thorbjorn comes to a village wounded, he arrive at the Thunder Gods shrine. There he is met by the healer who marries him eventually and thy have two kids together. The healer had a child from before and her name is Zivah. Thorbjorn or Thunderbear as he is called has lived a life of disaster and has seen his whole family wiped out by a paranoid and power hungry king of Svears. Thorbjorn after leaving his village goes from one disaster to another on board a Viking ship where he is circled by multiple enemies an wounded badly. That I how he gets to the village. The two children they have together are Thordis and Thorowolf. After the birth of Thordis the relationship between Thorbjorn and Zivah starts to deteriorate. Zivah was once meant to follow in her mothers footsteps and be a healer uut when Thorbjorn midwifes his daughter into birth Zivah is angry because she was supposed to do that. So she hates her family breaks the hart of many young men while fantasizing about marrying a rich prince. Her flirtations with bad people get her into some danger as her younger sister looks out for her and Thorbjorn must kill rogue Viking to protect her. Life changes when one day the Viking Rus invade their village and wipe out the inhabitants. Zivah survives and is almost violated on many occasions. Her mother dies protecting her . Thorbjorn dies in battle. Thorwolf died years earlier in a drowning accident. Zivah is relegated to the status of a concubine while Thordis gets recognition as a Thunder Priestess in the making. Life will change for both girls as they realize their destinies as blade honers. Blade honers make men strive to be better than they are at present. Zivah adapts to being a slave in the Rus Viking compound. The strong point of this book despite it being a rather good story that is very entertaining to read but the author is very knowledgeable about Norse life back in Viking time and she has done her research. Think she has PHD in Ancient History of that period. She does not glorify the Viking like lots of authors are tending to do. They were a rough group of slaver and raiders yet they did have a code of honor. But they could be very mean and very nice in comparison. The slavers take the girls through the slave markets of Khazaria and Arnulf the Viking leader tls about life in Baghdad and there is some meaty discussion on religion. An excellent book and very informative.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Excellent. A well-written, well-researched story of two sisters captured by Viking slavers. So realistic that I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Riobhcah

    This book truly was, as I read in one of the reviews, "a tale told like a song." The books flows very well and is a wonderful study of early Nordic culture presented in the Historical Novel format. The author has obviously done her research and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in Nordic culture. I am just beginning the next book in the series and hardly an wait to see what it was like, as some reviews say that it is even better than the first. Bravo! to the author.

  4. 4 out of 5

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    Sean Cook

    Great book Really puts you there. True to pre Christian Northern European culture. Highly recommend this tome for Heathens and anyone who likes reading.

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