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Sworn Brothers, A Tale of the Early Days of Iceland

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Sworn Brothers, A Tale of the Early Days of Iceland by Gunnar Gunnarsson is a riveting and beautifully written historical novel that transports readers to the rugged landscape of early Iceland. The story follows the lives of two sworn brothers, Thorgeir and Thormod, as they navigate the tumultuous events of their time, including feuds, battles, and the spread of Christianity.

One of the most striking aspects of the novel is the vivid and atmospheric descriptions of the Icelandic landscape, which truly brings the setting to life. Gunnarsson's prose is lyrical and evocative, capturing the harsh beauty of the land and the resilience of its people.

The characters in Sworn Brothers are complex and well-developed, each grappling with their own inner struggles and conflicting loyalties. Thorgeir and Thormod's bond is at the heart of the story, and their relationship is portrayed with depth and emotional resonance.

Overall, Sworn Brothers is a compelling and immersive read that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and epic sagas. Gunnar Gunnarsson has created a richly imagined world filled with drama, intrigue, and timeless themes of friendship, honor, and sacrifice.

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This is the story of the close but sometimes contentious relationship of two young Icelandic kinsman who elect to undergo the solemn ceremony of initiation into blood-brotherhood which includes blood sacrifice to the pagan gods, Odin and Thor. In the era of Viking exploration, these cousins travel in dragon-ships to such destinations as Norway, the Orkneys, England, Ireland, the Isle of Man, etc. The sworn brothers fight for life and death in these treacherous journeys with storm and sea. - Summary by Rita Boutros

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