Saturday 1 October 2022

Book Review: The Wolf Age by Tore Skeie (Non-Fiction/History)

Title: The Wolf Age
Author: Tore Skeie
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: 8 November 2022
Pages: 384
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction / History
Source: ARC via NetGalley

A thrilling work of popular history that gives a new perspective on the Viking-Anglo conflicts and brings the bloody period to life.

In the eleventh century, the rulers of the lands surrounding the North Sea are all hungry for power. To get power they need soldiers, to get soldiers they need silver, and to get silver there is no better way than war and plunder. This vicious cycle draws all the lands of the north into a brutal struggle for supremacy and survival that will shatter kingdoms and forge an empire.

The Wolf Age takes the reader on a thrilling journey through the bloody shared history of England and Scandinavia, and across early medieval Europe: from the wild Norwegian fjords to the wealthy cities of Muslim Andalusia. Warfare, plotting, backstabbing and bribery abound as prize-winning historian Tore Skeie weaves together sagas and skaldic poetry with bold dramatization to bring the world of the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons to vivid life.

The Wolf Age was an excellent non-fiction read that was both informative and entertaining. If, like me, you've read books about these peoples/this time period in the past, a good chunk of the information will already be familiar to you. However, this work really focused in on a lot of detail and was presented in a very readable way, making it accessible to anyone and not limited to scholarly circles. For those interested in reading on, there was a bibliography at the end. I am giving this book 4.5 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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