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The Story of Rolf and the Viking's Bow

Allen French

Book Overview: 

Rolf, a youth in early Christian Iceland, loses first his father, then his property, and finally his freedom to the schemes of a greedy neighbor. Outlawed from Iceland, Rolf travels abroad, meeting with shipwreck, enslavement, Viking berserkers, and many other dangers and adventures. All the while, Rolf searches for a way to prove his father was killed unjustly and win back his own property and freedom. Even more difficult, Rolf must end the cycle of enmity, vengeance, and pride that hangs like a curse over his family.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Einar gloomily.

"I like it not," said Ondott, "that Hiarandi should know this spite his brother has done thee, and yet be free himself. In the old days, which are not so long past, a man would have gone against Hiarandi with weapons. And he hath no relatives to harm thee."

"For all that," answered Einar, "the men of the Quarter would not like it. Lawfully must vengeance be taken, or not at all. Yet it is hard if my money and thy wit cannot rid me of these brothers, who anger me, and Hiarandi more than Kiartan." And he looked across at Cragness with fretting.

"Well mayest thou say that," answered Ondott, "for there stands Hiarandi's hall, which he cannot fill, while thou in thine art cramped for room. It is plainly true what people say, that thou canst never come into the honor which should be thine, while thou livest here, where strangers take thee for Hiarandi's tenant, or even his freedman."

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Community Reviews

The story is one set in Christian Iceland, in the years when still the heathen Vikings were a living memory, and life was much the same, save for the new faith. And it is this time and what exactly the new faith meant for these people with the legacy of Viking civilization that Allen French wants to

Super readable and interesting! My 12 yo was a big fan too. I'll be looking for more from this author.

Cannot recommend this highly enough. Staggeringly good.

This book was required reading for my daughter’s 5th grade Language Arts class, and so we completed the task together, taking turns reading aloud one chapter at a time. It is a marvelous story, with a narrative style much like that of the authentic Icelandic sagas written in the 12th and 13th centu

A ripping story, well-written with a satisfying ending.

Finished this story with a tear in my throat and a lump in my eye. Even better than I remember. Full review to come!

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