• The Bossy Bookworm

Review of The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

The detail and thrills and chills of Viking-era Norway held so much promise, I'll give the next book in the series a try.

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker is the first in a completed trilogy of the same name that links historical fiction and fantasy and is set in Viking-era Norway.


I gave this first book in the series three stars, which for me meant it had promise but didn't knock my socks off. I thought it lagged during the extensive discussion of military strategy and felt that the characters didn't always act in accordance with their personalities as they had been laid out by the author.


But the detail in and the early thrills and chills of the story held so much promise, and the next two books show positive reader reviews, this series may be worth your while to try.

What did you think?

I may give Hartsuyker's next book, The Sea Queen, a go. Side note: its cover is just as gorgeously striking as this one.


This book is mentioned in the Greedy Reading List Six Captivating Nordic Stories.



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