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The Bear's Blade
07 Apr 2022 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781788549981

The fifth novel in Tim Hodkinson's Whale Road Chronicles featuring Viking lord Einar and the Wolf Coats, his shipmates. The Wolf Coats must sail to Brittany, to find the famous religious scholar Israel of Trieste. But can Einar overcome his pride, and his injuries, and make it back alive?

Fiction / FJH (Action & Adventure)
Extent: 448 pages
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Odin's Game
The Raven Banner
The Wolf Hunt
The Serpent King
Blood Eagle
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The Bear's BladeThe Whale Road Chronicles, 5by Tim Hodkinson

Einar must take back control of his destiny in this thrilling Viking adventure.

How do you defeat the undefeatable?

935 AD, Norway. Recovering from horrendous injuries, Einar finds himself unable to fight. He is not strong enough to defeat his rival, Eirik, who has seized Orkney despite Einar being the rightful Jarl.

Eirik's men soon raid the Norwegian coast, led by a warrior called the Bear. Cruel and ferocious, the Bear possesses a legendary blade – one that gives him a skill in battle that cannot be matched. Such an extraordinary sword could be key to Einar's plans – but first he and the Wolf Coats must contend with the Bear himself.

Caught between old foes and new ones, Einar must use all his wits to survive. But is a man who cannot wield a sword capable of being a true Viking warrior?

Reviews for Tim Hodkinson:

'Will appeal to fans of Bernard Cornwell, George R.R. Martin, and especially Theodore Brun' Historical Novel Society
'A gripping action adventure like the sagas of old' Melisende's Library
'An excellently written page-turner' Historical Writers Association

Tim Hodkinson grew up in Northern Ireland where the rugged coast and call of the Atlantic ocean led to a lifelong fascination with Vikings and a degree in Medieval English and Old Norse Literature. Tim's more recent writing heroes include Ben Kane, Giles Kristian, Bernard Cornwell, George R.R. Martin and Lee Child. After several years in the USA, Tim has returned to Northern Ireland, where he lives with his wife and children. Follow Tim on @TimHodkinson and

Bestselling author whose readership is growing with every new novel in the series – over 1500 preorders per title.

Fifth instalment in The Whale Road Chronicles set in Viking Europe.

Rights in the Whale Road Chronicles recently sold in Scandinavia, further extensive European rights interest.

MARKET: Bernard Cornwell; Giles Kristian; Robert Low.

'A brilliantly written historical adventure which will appeal to fans of Bernard Cornwell, George R.R. Martin, and especially Theodore Brun' Historical Novel Society.
'A gripping action adventure like the sagas of old; and once finished, you just want to go back and read it all over again' Melisende's Library, on Odin's Game.
'An excellently written page-turner, with a feel for the period which invites you into the era and keeps you there'
Historical Writers Association, on Lions of the Grail

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