“9th century Viking history comes alive with unforgettable characters and a story teeming with adventure, heart and even poetry in the telling … Highly recommended.”
The Historical Novels Review
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“Judson Roberts has not just done his research, but has also discovered a plausible version of the mind and heart of people from another time. Viking Warrior, despite its generic-sounding title, is the real thing: A well-written, well-researched, exciting, moving historical novel that is definitely for adults.”
Hugo and Nebula award-winning
author Orson Scott Card
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“The second volume in the Strongbow Saga takes up the tale of Halfdan Hroriksson in 845 CE … Even readers who have not read the previous novel in the series, Viking Warrior (2006), will find it easy to follow Halfdan’s tale … the current tale of battle, siege, and reconnaissance features plenty of action as well as bits of humor and reflection. An absorbing historical novel told from the viewpoint of a young Viking.”

“Richly steeped in authentic Viking history and custom…reader be warned: after some relatively leisurely accountings of battles long past, we’re suddenly in the thick of a tautly paced massacre followed by a breathless escape and a tense chase, and there’s no looking up from the page until the danger is past.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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“[A] historical series well worth reading, first and foremost because it’s an enjoyable read but also because [the author] takes the reader inside Viking society and culture as it existed in real history rather than in the inaccurate portrayal we are familiar with from the movies. The characters are complex and well-drawn, and Roberts does not flinch from setting the stakes high for them.”

“I couldn’t put this book down. The details about viking life were fascinating, and Judson’s descriptive writing made me feel like was living it. The characters are engaging and the story is gripping from the very beginning.”

“This book and the others in the series are excellent reads for youth and adults. Interesting and compelling story mixed with accurate historical details make this both entertaining and educational. Read it and you’ll be hooked, I promise.”

“Roberts does a fabulous job creating a very authentic Viking world set in Denmark, 845. It has all the elements needed to captivate the reader; strong characters, interesting plot, action and adventure.”

“One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. The entire Strongbow Saga, 3 books so far, kept me riveted page after page.”

“So Good, So Good, So Good! … Wonderful descriptive writing, interesting characters, and an imaginative and engrossing plot.”

“Don’t let the ‘teen’ label keep you from this book… every bit as bloody and action packed as anything written by Cornwell or Iggulden. If you like historical fiction based on solid research, don’t hesitate to buy Viking Warrior. I couldn’t put it down.”

“This is a marvelous book. I am old enough to be Halfdan’s mother so this is NOT just for teenagers. This is storytelling at its finest.”