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The Strongbow Saga, Book Three: The Road to Vengeance

by Judson Roberts

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Excellent historical fiction with a solid base on what life was like for most people during the time of Viking invasions (before 1000 AD). Lots of action, violence and bloodshed, so if that's not your favorite fare, this may not be for you. For those mature readers (I recommend for 8th grade and up) who can handle that, this is well written with phenomenal character development. Be ready -- Roberts has no problem killing off characters you've come to like. Book 3: Road to Vengeance -- Halfdan has a prisoner to ransom back to the Franks: Genevieve, the daughter of a high-ranking aristocrat. Her story and Halfdan's connect even after he successfully ransoms her back to her family for a small fortune (with the help of Jarl Hastein). The Vikings sack Paris and await a bribe from the Frankish king to leave the country, and Halfdan bides his time waiting for his opportunity to go up against one of the men from his foster brother's crew who murdered Harald. More amazing battle scenes and subtle political maneuvers between kings, jarls and warriors. ( )
  KarenBall | Sep 23, 2011 |
Reviewed by The Compulsive Reader for TeensReadToo.com

Halfdan's quest for revenge continues in the third book of the riveting and highly entertaining STRONGBOW SAGA.

He returns to his ship and captain with his prisoner, Genevieve. But he finds it difficult to protect her while at the same time fending off attacks from Toke's men.

THE ROAD TO VENGEANCE is a vivid, honest portrayal of the trials and tribulations of life in the 9th-century, and it delivers an unflinching look at the many realties of that time period.

This is one high-spirited adventure novel that you won't soon forget. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 13, 2009 |
The Strongbow Saga: The Road to Vengeance is a story about a Viking slave, Halfdan, whose life is redeemed by his mothers death. Now a free man, he is taken under the wing of his half-brother to learn the art of war. However, his brother is soon murdered and Halfdan promises to avenge his brothers death by joining a fleet of Viking war ships to find and kill his brothers murderer.

Halfdans quick wit, skillful fighting, and determination soon earn him the respect of Kings and comrades alike. As he builds a reputation for himself among the Vikings he takes a Counts daughter captive and ransoms her back. Throughout her captivity, Halfdan treats his captive, Genevieve with honor and she falls in love with him. After being returned to her father in Paris Halfdan conspires for the Vikings to raid Paris and again he meets with his captive and develops a meaningful relationship. However, in the back of his mind he knows he must avenge the death of his brother, and in a final climactic battle, Halfdan risks his life to in attaining his goal.

Judson Roberts spins a tale based on historical facts involving the Viking seige of Paris in the late ninth century. Many characters, events, and true making this an interesting account of this historical period. In the back of the book there is a glossary which is extremely helpful in understanding the Viking language. Also, there is a character list that helps clarify the roles of various people. Finally, the historical notes in the back are generously provided by the author to help readers sort out fact from fiction. The author also maintains an educational web site at http://www.strongbowsaga.com for teachers and students wishing to further study Viking history.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. The Road to Vengeance brought Viking history to life in a fun and imaginative way through the eyes of Halfdan, a Viking slave turned warrior. I really recommend this book to people who enjoy Viking history and don’t mind a bit of bloodshed to tell the story. ( )
  duketip07 | Apr 18, 2008 |
I loved this book! One of the best parts was that it was written from the Viking point of view, instead of the usual Viking victim point. I thought it was very well-researched and also exciting. The ending was a bit abrupt, but left plenty of room for a fourth book in the series. ( )
  SusieBookworm | Apr 15, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060813040, Hardcover)

Halfdan Hroriksson is on the hunt.

Determined to find and fight his brother's killer, Halfdan knows he must first gain experience as a Viking warrior. He's been lucky so far. He gained passage on a ship and is quietly learning the strategies of war and conquest from the hardy crew. Now, with a prisoner in tow—the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat—Halfdan is finally starting to earn some respect, and a name for himself.

But he is not looking for praise. Halfdan is only biding his time, gaining strength and skill for his ultimate quest. Time and again he proves himself on the battlefield, using clever strategy and an uncanny talent with a bow and arrow. Halfdan is growing as a warrior, but will this be enough to beat a savage murderer?

Through epic battle scenes and intimate power struggles, Judson Roberts brings the Viking world to pulsing life in this next chapter of the Strongbow Saga.

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Hafdan's training as a Viking warrior leads him to fight in bloody battles between nations--and gives him conflicted feelings about his killer instincts.

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