THE E-BOOK: Yes, I know, I also prefer the paper print books. But after trying out the e-book format on a Nice Reading pad, I found that it was a good alternative, and if this was no E-book it would take years to come out for you all to read and I want to share it now! So there. Besides, the existence of a future paper version will depend completely on the sale of the e-book.
NEW: THE HAMMER OF GREATNESS WILL APPEAR AS A PRINTED BOOK SHORTLY!
SEE REVIEWS FOR THE BOOK BELOW THE TRAILER. (LIST OF E-BOOK SALE OUTLETS BELOW)
REVIEWS FOR BLADE HONER Book One: The Hammer of Greatness
1.“Gripping and transportive glimpse into end of Viking age mystery cult, March 31, 2014
Maria does an excellent job in writing a captivating novel that convincingly brings alive the early tumultuous Viking era. It stands on its own as a novel with complex characters and a rich narrative told by the heroine Thordis.
The richness though of the novel IMO is that it is historically inspired and if you are familiar with Maria’s formal scholarly background on the subject, and her individual research on the old norse periods freya.theladyofthelabyrinth.com its obvious that this is much more than a historical based fantasy, but instead is a deeply inspired and informed story that frames well the larger forces of the age thrust upon the norse people.
The ruthless Rus vikings are brought vividly to life through the perceptive lens of the heroine Thordis who with her sister is taken captive by a group of Rus viking pirates. Nothing is left out from the narrative, the plundering, the violence, and the rape, but what is revealed are many new layers to the motives to the lives and ways of these men. The complex power dynamics of the deeply male hierarchical ordering of these viking men are vividly and convincingly described, right down to the intense and primal way eye contact was used in communicating rank and submission. So too though are the forces which spurred the organization of such rogue men. It is an age of violent expansion in many forms, violent kings, totalitarian monotheisms, slavery and I think that Maria’s Rus viking characters do a great job of capturing the deeper dilemma many of these men found themselves in and given the forces at work its is more understandable how such hardened rogues came into being.
Of course the central feature of the novel is the narrator and heroine, Thordis. Its really a fascinating story that is being painted, and we learn a little of the thunder god lineage through the character of her father Thorbjorn. Her role, along with the role of her sister Zivah really start to come to life at the end of the novel and certainly leaves you hungry to read the next novel.
Overall if you are into old norse culture and religion or even just that time period in general this book is a very worthwhile read. I enjoyed it and was very captivated by it from start to finish.” (Nick)
2.“IT TAKES COURAGE TO LET A WOMAN HONE YOU (April 9, 2014) -- Immediately it is apparent the author is a great storyteller with the ability to construct such vividly consumable imagery. It is also evident that this comes from a depth of understanding of both the subject matter and the truth of what complex creatures humans are (especially when stripped down to our barest moments). Thouroughly enjoyable read. Captivated. Devoured every delicious detail.» (Jason DeHaven)
3.”THE SERPENT SHIPS (April 7, 2014) -- A beautifully written story. Maria Kvilhaug weaves Norse mythology and historical fiction into a gripping and heart opening tale that is fresh and new, rebirthing the stories of our foremothers. Maria’s confident, powerful, and compassionate female characters lead the way in book one of the Blade Honer trilogy.” (Erick)
4. “Cant wait for Book 2! (April 8, 2014): Really enjoyed this book. The characters draw you in and you find yourself concerned for them. The plot pulls you along as it becomes a real page turner” (Andy)
The first part of this trilogy -- which holds promise of becoming a larger series -- is now available in most common e-book formats from all major e-book outlets. I have listed some links I found already: