From the bestselling author of Hakon’s Saga comes the first in a series of stories about Olaf Tryggvason, one of the most legendary kings of the Viking Age.
Norway, AD 958. The Northern realm is once again at war. The exiled sons of Erik Bloodaxe have returned with the help of the Danes and have slain King Hakon. They now come for Hakon’s heir, Jarl Trygvi. Trygvi’s wife, Astrid, and young son, Olaf, flee their home with the aid of their household warriors. Pursued by the Bloodaxe brood, the family escapes east, through the dark, forested land of the Swedes and across the treacherous East Sea. But the gods are fickle and the group is torn apart, leaving them to fend for themselves in Forged by Iron, a must-read for all who enjoy action-packed historical fiction.
“…a thrilling tale told by a great storyteller.” – Matthew Harffy, author of the Bernicia Chronicles
“…as exciting as anything I’ve read in the historical-fiction genre. This is indeed a well-crafted tale…and it is just the beginning.” – Paul Bennett, author of Clash of Empires
“Schumacher has presented his readers with a novel that is as impressive as it is mesmerising.” – Mary Anne Yarde, author of the Du Lac Chronicles
“Schumacher masterfully captures the essence of the characters while telling a riveting adventure…” – Linnea Tanner, author of the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series
“Like it’s hero, this book is destined to be a runaway success.” – Ian Sharpe, author of the VikingVerse series
“Schumacher presents the harrowing flight of young Olaf Tryggvason from the vengeful sons of Erik Bloodaxe in spectacular close-up detail…” – Joshua Gillingham, author of Gatewatch
“…fantastic from start to finish. Bone-crunching. Adrenaline-inducing. Swash-buckling…” – David Fitz-Gerald, author of Wanders Far—An Unlikely Hero’s Journey
“This absorbing coming of age Viking saga is one that you will remember long after you close the book.” – Gwendalyn Book Blog
“…recommended to fans of historical thrillers, expertly-crafted characters, and people who, like me, are missing The Last Kingdom since it left the BBC!” – Jennifer Wilson, author of the Kindred Spirit series
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Eric Schumacher (1968 – ) is an American historical novelist who currently resides in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife and two children. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended college at the University of San Diego. At a very early age, Schumacher discovered his love for writing and medieval European history, as well as authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Those discoveries continue to fuel his imagination and influence the stories he tells. His first novel, God’s Hammer, was published in 2005.
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