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A warrior must find out the truth about his father's death, while dealing with other family turmoil. A warrior named Helgi forces sex upon a queen, and is beared a daughter named Yrsa. When Yrsa finds out that she was born from rape, she leaves her family with a king. Helgi loses his life while trying to fight to bring Yrsa back.
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Helgi had a son named Hrolf. Hrolf develops his own kingdom and a brotherhood of great warriors. Hrolf has great financial success and always wins in times of war.

Hrolf goes to visit his mother with his men. He wants to find out more about who killed his father. His mother's new husband Adhils does not like that they have came. He begins testing their powers. While this is all happening, Yrsa tells Hrolf that his father was a rapist. Hrolf gets angry and helps his men escape from Adhils. While Hrolf's men are leaving, they steal valuable jewelry and gold from Adhils.

They begin being chased by Adhils men. They throw the gold on the ground. When the Adhils men begin picking up the gold, Hrolf's men escape. Hrolf and his men become legends for this act. However, Hrolf's action upset the Gods and the Go's have gave him bad luck in battle. Therefore, Hrolf decides to stay away from war.

In the end, Hrolf's finds out that there is more family turmoil. Hrolf has an evil half-sister named Skuld. Skuld raises an army and plans to attack Hrolf and his men. During the attack, Hrolf's men begin fighting to the death with honor. However, Skuld's army wins and Hrolf is killed. A kinsman of Hrolf's swear revenge.
Best part of story, including ending: What I really like about this story was that a warrior must search for the reason to his fathers death. The twist that his father was a bad person was what made me like the story.

Best scene in story: My favorite part was the final battle between Hrolf and his evil half-sister. This was a great battle because Hrolf's men's effort was very honorable. It was very intense when they lost.

Opinion about the main character: What I liked about Hrolf was that he was an honorable warrior. His father did bad things but he did not let that change who he was or the things he did.

The review of this Book prepared by Alex Peterson a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   overthrowing govt/kingdom Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   general past Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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