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The year is 950 AD and the story starts in the town of Birka on an island in the great lake which covers a vast area inland of what is today Stockholm. It was a wealthy town at the centre of an international trading network where merchants from as far afield as Turkey, Russia and Ireland met to buy, sell and barter. The wealth of the island also attracted unwelcome visitors The year is 950 AD and the story starts in the town of Birka on an island in the great lake which covers a vast area inland of what is today Stockholm. It was a wealthy town at the centre of an international trading network where merchants from as far afield as Turkey, Russia and Ireland met to buy, sell and barter. The wealth of the island also attracted unwelcome visitors and frequently the Birka warriors had to defend their homes and families against gangs of Viking raiders. The warriors always managed to vanquish the attackers until one day they were tricked by the most feared and fiendish foes, the Jomsviking. These raiders had their base on an island north of what is today Poland and roamed the Baltic waters looting coastal towns and capturing men, women and children to sell in slave markets in Europe and the Orient. When the adults from the town were kidnapped by the Jomsviking raiders, Ahl, Ingir and their friends manage to avoid capture. They set off in pursuit of the raiders' ships on a quest to rescue the island prisoners. They avoid capture by a treacherous sea captain and eventually in a dramatic action, manage to free the prisoners.


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The year is 950 AD and the story starts in the town of Birka on an island in the great lake which covers a vast area inland of what is today Stockholm. It was a wealthy town at the centre of an international trading network where merchants from as far afield as Turkey, Russia and Ireland met to buy, sell and barter. The wealth of the island also attracted unwelcome visitors The year is 950 AD and the story starts in the town of Birka on an island in the great lake which covers a vast area inland of what is today Stockholm. It was a wealthy town at the centre of an international trading network where merchants from as far afield as Turkey, Russia and Ireland met to buy, sell and barter. The wealth of the island also attracted unwelcome visitors and frequently the Birka warriors had to defend their homes and families against gangs of Viking raiders. The warriors always managed to vanquish the attackers until one day they were tricked by the most feared and fiendish foes, the Jomsviking. These raiders had their base on an island north of what is today Poland and roamed the Baltic waters looting coastal towns and capturing men, women and children to sell in slave markets in Europe and the Orient. When the adults from the town were kidnapped by the Jomsviking raiders, Ahl, Ingir and their friends manage to avoid capture. They set off in pursuit of the raiders' ships on a quest to rescue the island prisoners. They avoid capture by a treacherous sea captain and eventually in a dramatic action, manage to free the prisoners.

40 review for Betrayed

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I thought this was a very enjoyable read for all ages.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Good story, appropriate for mid-grade and YA readers. Very short, and the language was stilted at times. Could have used more fleshing out.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jaffareadstoo

    I have a great passion for historical fiction and can remember quite clearly when I was an early reader at primary school racing through stories of great adventure and of the thrill of being transported back in time. I am sure that modern day children are no less excited by the tales of derring-do and that even in this computer age, the majority of kids can appreciate a good story when they see one. When asked to read and review Children of the Chieftain: Betrayed, I agreed eagerly as I have alre I have a great passion for historical fiction and can remember quite clearly when I was an early reader at primary school racing through stories of great adventure and of the thrill of being transported back in time. I am sure that modern day children are no less excited by the tales of derring-do and that even in this computer age, the majority of kids can appreciate a good story when they see one. When asked to read and review Children of the Chieftain: Betrayed, I agreed eagerly as I have already read the work of this fine author before and I knew that even though this story is distinctly targeted at the children’s market, it would appeal to my sense of fun and adventure. The story is really well written with an entirely appropriate sense of adventure which neither patronises nor overly protects its young audience. There’s a definite sense of time and place and the palpable air of fear generated by the Viking raid is particularly well done. The young people, on who the book focuses, are feisty and fearless and show remarkable fortitude in the presence of great danger. I think that this is something that would appeal to, maybe, eight to thirteen year olds who enjoy a rollicking good adventure, and it works equally well as an introduction to Scandinavian history. The book is a perfect length, I read it quite comfortably in the space of an afternoon, but probably a child with rather more distractions may want to read it, either with an adult or curled up on a chair, over a longer period of time. I am also reassured that there is to be a sequel - Children of the Chieftan : Banished, is expected sometime next year, so there’s plenty of historical adventure still to come, and in the hands of this fine writer, I am sure that it’s going to be something to really look forward to.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bennett

    In another first for this humble scribbler of book reviews, I was tasked with reading a book intended for children. While I wasn't sure at first what to expect (it has been years since I read to my children), my initial concerns were set aside by this well crafted and entertaining book. The story follows a group of children as they set out on a dangerous mission; a mission that will see them battle against overwhelming odds and betrayal. The story is at once an adventure tale and an accelerated In another first for this humble scribbler of book reviews, I was tasked with reading a book intended for children. While I wasn't sure at first what to expect (it has been years since I read to my children), my initial concerns were set aside by this well crafted and entertaining book. The story follows a group of children as they set out on a dangerous mission; a mission that will see them battle against overwhelming odds and betrayal. The story is at once an adventure tale and an accelerated coming of age tale as the children must grow up quickly if they are to survive. 4 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ric Cotter

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

  7. 5 out of 5

    James Lynam

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rinpow

    good good

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sean MacCotter

  10. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

  11. 5 out of 5

    SARIT

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Fantom

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carla

  14. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

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    Micielle

  16. 4 out of 5

    Betty

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Cole Marie Mckinnon

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Kennedy

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    Stella Clarkson

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Julia Conway

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Schwarzer

  23. 5 out of 5

    BarbaraLynn Moncrief

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  25. 5 out of 5

    Skhan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Heare Watts

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vykki

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Summey

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    Jeanette

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    Dawn Obrien

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    Ann Ellis

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    Tammy Hornbeck

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    Brenda Hoffman

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    Kathi McCann

  38. 5 out of 5

    Alexandria Perry-Ingram

  39. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Gunning

  40. 5 out of 5

    Diane

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