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4. Blood Will Follow by Snorri Kristjansson

Second book in the Valhalla Saga. I reviewed Swords of Good Men a couple of years back. It was just OK for most of the way through but then got really interesting at the end.

This book picks up shortly after the battle at Stenvik which closes the first novel, and follows the two protagonists as they deal with having become immortal in their different ways. Odin takes an interest. Meanwhile, the sinister healer heads to Trondheim to find the source of the northerners' power.

This book is much better. It's still got multiple POV characters and strands, but it doesn't jump between them in as awkward a way as the first book did. The parts set in the north (land of the Sami, magic, and weirdness even to the Norsemen) are very good indeed. Nothing profound here, just good fun.

Now I can get on and read volume 3, which I somehow managed to acquire before this one, and has been sitting around waiting for me for ages.


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