A novel based on the true story of a Viking raider who, over 30 years, acquired a fortune in English silver
In the churchyard of the village of Orkesta, just north of the city of Stockholm, there are two eleventh century rune stones. One of them, in a few brief words, tells the world of the extraordinary achievements of Ulf of Borresta, who lived nearby. During a long career as a Viking raider, he became extremely rich on the proceeds of extortion: Danegeld. The carved runes mention the names of real Norse historical figures with whom he ravaged the English countryside. These names can be dated and the vicious raids and bloody battles where the Danegelds were won, identified.
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OnlineBookClub.org on 19 January 2024
The book’s charm lies in its intricate portrayal of Viking life, skillfully crafting characters like Ulf and Eric who evolve through various stages of their journey. The detailed accounts of battles not only showcase the brutality of the era but also emphasize the characters’ resilience and growth. The author’s ability to transport readers to different settings, from Borresta to the raid on Geat Village and beyond, is a testament to his descriptive ability and adds a layer of authenticity to the storytelling.
This book not only delves into the thrill of conquest but also explores themes of love, as seen in the exploration of Ulf’s relationships, especially with a Saxon woman, loyalty, and the pursuit of one’s desires. In essence, “For the Want of Silver” stands out for its engaging narrative, well-crafted characters, and historical authenticity, making it a compelling and enjoyable read for those captivated by Viking tales and historical fiction. I really enjoyed this book, and I have nothing negative to say about it. It was exceptionally well edited because I found no errors in it. Considering all these, it is befitting to rate “For the Want of Silver” a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. Mayang Bature