Viking Blood 5, Raiding
Fifth book in the series
“Look, Olav is swimming!” Styrbjorn cheers, pointing.
Hauge and Torleif both look out at the water. Then
Hauge starts. The boy is too far out; in the deep water. Just then a gurgling
scream sounds from out there. Olav is splashing his arms wildly, and then
disappears beneath the surface.
Hauge races out there, his heart hammering in his
But where is the boy? Why didn’t they look at him? That
boy is always bringing himself into trouble; a real daredevil. Always trying to
climb the tallest tree, or climbing at the edge of the steepest slopes.
Three and a half
years have passed since young Styrbjorn, Edwina and Hauge’s son, was born and
Edwina is pregnant again. The winters have been extremely hard and the harvests
have been poor. Famine and hunger threatens.
In the autumn Edwina gives birth to twin girls. But everything goes wrong. The grain
rots, only some of the ships return from the summer voyage; late, empty, and
Then Hauge decides to go on a quest for food and riches in England. A new ship
is built for the voyage: Long and slender; fast and seaworthy.
In England they cause terror and devastation. Town after town is raided; left pillaged
However, in the last town they have decided to raid, only one person is left,
the priest in the church…
From the reviews (by Danish librarians):
book, too, tells a very dramatic story, but the reader also learns a lot of the period.
Falck Pape’s poweful illustrations compliment the story.
an excellent read for youngsters interested in the Viking Age.”
”The book lives up to its predecessors. It's an easy read and well told Viking tale, that paints both a dramatic picture of the period, and tells of the harsh living conditions of the Aera, entirely in the power of
An appealing cover and some lovely b/w sketches by Pia Falck Pape illustrates the story well.”
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