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Book 1: The Sword Of Saint Isidores

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Circa 926 A.D: The English King Athelstan gifts a jewelled sword to the Norwegian King Harald Fairhair and sets in place a series of events that shape the future of Norway.

The sword is believed to carry a curse and affects the lives of all that come into its possession. A wayward monk and beautiful Asturian woman, are enslaved by Vikings and crave an escape to their homeland.

Wilhelm, a Christian soldier of fortune and protector of the jarl, clings to his faith, surrounded by worship of the Norse Gods. Rota the psychic daughter of a sorceress roams the forest, half-crazed with disturbing visions of the future. But what is the secret from her past? Who is she protecting and why? Ragnarr, the Viking Jarl of Hordaland, reveres the jewelled sword and plans to take it with him on the emigration to the new land: The Lake District of England.

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Weight 520 g
Dimensions 152 × 18 × 229 cm

4 reviews for Book 1: The Sword Of Saint Isidores

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  1. Beryl Davies

    Review by K.C.Finn for Readers’ Favorite. 5 Stars
    A truly enthralling tale.
    Author David Thomas Kay has crafted a truly enthralling tale of curses, visions and strange happenings that is also convincingly rooted into the existing history and mythology of the ancient people of Great Britain and Norway. Something I especially liked about this work was the sense of place and culture, which is well penned to feel immersive and cinematic as we traverse battlefields, lakes, and fells alike.
    I also thought the ending was a really epic moment that I’ll not soon forget! Overall, I would certainly recommend The Sword of Saint Isidores to any reader who wants a new fantasy/mythological tale to enjoy.

  2. Pete Davies

    Review by Jamie Michele for Readers Favorite, 5 Stars
    A sweeping historical fantasy fiction novel.
    There is a lot going on in The Sword of Saint Isidores and author David Thomas Kay forced me to do what some of the best writers have made me do before: take notes. My first experience of having to do homework was at the foot of Bernard Cornwell’s Stonehenge…but stay with me here for a moment longer because, I can assure you, this is a very good thing. Both characters and history are rich and this flourishes in Kay’s prose. The narrative is as dense as the forest thinning for longboats that make up the bulk of the book’s writing format, and requires some scribble to refresh, but with lines that almost sing, it is worth it: “A crack like the sound of a snapping bone signaled the end of the oak’s life as it finally relinquished its hold on the earth.” Readers who adore Viking sagas will find the fantasy element takes us outside the traditional box of the genre. It is difficult to reinvent a wheel (or oar?) that has rolled for eleven centuries but Kay does a great job setting the foundation for what looks like a promising series. Very highly recommended.

  3. Jo Ewards

    Review by Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite. 5 Stars
    An absolutely thrilling and exciting adventure.
    The Sword of Saint Isidores is built around the mysterious cursed sword but what David Thomas Kay has done so expertly with this story is to create a world of incredibly diverse characters that give the reader an insight into the brutality and mysticism of tenth century Europe and specifically Britain and Scandinavia. What I particularly enjoyed was the clash of cultures and religions that forms the basis of this entire story. The competition between the twin threads of Christianity and Norse lore to capture the hearts and minds of the Scandinavians was fascinating and beautifully crafted. The action is fast, furious, and naturally extremely brutal, as were the times being recounted. The author’s intensely descriptive prose flows seamlessly from one location to another and carries the reader along with clarity and ease. The characters are all well-developed and one can feel the immense pull of the Norse mythology and lore underlying the actions and motivations of the principal actors in this drama. If one thing marks this tale apart from others in its genre, the factor is tension. The author has achieved the feat of keeping his readers constantly on the edge of their seats and turning pages relentlessly to see what happens next. This is a triumph of a Viking drama that perfectly sets the scene for the next iteration of this adventure. I can highly recommend this read.

  4. daviid kay

    Review by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite. 5 Stars
    A compelling story of history, romance, myths, and legends.
    David Thomas Kay’s historical fiction novel, Th Sword of Saint Isidores, is a powerful tale that includes legendary battles, Nordic myths, romance, mystery, and the fantastical power of a cursed but beautiful sword. Told as a Nordic myth should be told, with the infinite power of storytelling, the author has woven a plot full of plausible adventures within the historical realm of the Viking legends. The descriptive narrative sets the scene well within the historical expectations of the era being presented. The reader instantly feels a part of this enticing tale, which is made even more realistic with the author’s gift of creating realistic dialogue, character development, and even a dash of humor here and there. The plot is forward moving, and the readers won’t be able to put this book down. Like Sharon Kay Penman and other classic historical fiction authors, this is a compelling story of history, romance, myths, and legends and so much more. Complete with lists of fictional and historical figures, myths and Nordic gods, maps, Runic symbols and family trees, the author has provided in-depth details to help the reader follow this engaging and fascinating saga.
    A great read.

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