The Oath of the Father – Book Review

C.J. Adrien is a French-American author who is famous for his Kindred of the Sea Series which is inspired by his love for the Viking history. It gives the readers an insight into the behavioral traits and workings of a medieval army. The riveting tale of royal responsibilities, oppressed love, violent wars and the epic, raw appeal of nature have unprecedented place in this rich and detailed Norse saga.

Set in the ninth century, The Oath of the Father is an exceptional tale, featuring the diplomatic backbiting, political and war strategies, and the underlying hatred guided by love for power. The author has excellently portrayed a world which is steeped in medieval practices.

The Oath of the Father is set in France, 822 A.D., and centers on Abriel Haraldsson, who is now on the run from his enemies. After falling in battle and getting injured in the process, he is taken by his men to take sanctuary in a nearby monastery, Saint Philbert. The monks intend to heal him and bring his health back, but in order to do that, they must provide him safety from the enemies that are still looking for him. They transfer him to an off-beat island for recuperation and fake his death to protect him.

Their intentions are true and noble, but as soon as the news of the King’s death reaches far and wide, suitors from the North descend upon the island of Herius with the sole intention of marrying Queen Kenna, who is a wealthy monarch of a country benefited by its salt trade. The warlord Turgeis sets his eyes on the newly widowed queen and will not take no for an answer. When a messenger returns with the news of the king’s health and well being, Turgeis sets out on the mission to destroy him forever. The hunt begins.

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