Monday, February 19, 2018

The Line of His People & The Oath of the Father




The Line of His People by C.J. Adrien

Publication Date: September 1, 2013
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Series: Kindred of the Sea, Book #1
Genre: Fiction/Historical/Vikings
France, 799 A.D. The Northmen sacked the monastery at dawn, before anyone had awakened. They burned the village and slaughtered all who stood in their path. The relics of Saint Philbert were lost, and the island was abandoned by those who once dwelled there. Years later, the monk Abriel - survivor of the same attack as a young boy - is sent to recover the relics to help restore the reputation and legitimacy of Saint Philbert. What he discovers on his journey changes his life forever. Northmen had colonized the island in the absence of the monks. They hold the key to finding the relics, but they have greater plans for Abriel, plans that will take him to the North to find his destiny.

"Adrien's novel is a well thought out, deeply researched narrative that marries history with young adult fiction. In a time where females are popular among the young adult sector, this male focused novel is a welcome reprieve and appeals to a need for an action packed novel." - Portland Book Review

"A well-written tale with vividly imagined characters." - Trevor Schmidt, author of The Corsair Uprising series.

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A great introduction to the characters and times. Young readers will have to pay close attention to follow who is related to whom and how the tribes/nations decide how to connect and who to oppose.
There is religious turbulence not only between the Christians and more primitive theologies. 
Young Abriel has his awakening to difficult life at a young age and again before he is fully an adult. He believes he watches his mother being killed, then later meets a spoiled younger brother he had no knowledge of, and who isn't particulaly thrilled to learn of his elder brother Abriel.
Although the times are bloody and turbulent, the men are not afraid to fight, whether for spoils or for entrance to Valhalla. 
Queen Kenna proves that the women of this era are as brave and cunning as the men.

The Oath of the Father by C.J. Adrien

Publication Date: March 1, 2015
eBook & Paperback
Series: Kindred of the Sea, Book #2
Genre: Fiction/Historical/Vikings
Coast of Brittany, 822 A.D. King Abriel Haraldsson is a man on the run. Injured in combat, his warriors take him to a nearby monastery to find a healer. The monks accept to care for him, but fake his death and steal him away to a distant island to be reconverted to their faith. Believing the king of Herius to be dead, suitors from the north descend upon the island kingdom with the intent to marry Queen Kenna to usurp her husband's lands and wealth. Most terrifying among them is the fierce warlord Turgeis -- known for his prowess in battle and lust for blood -- who sets his sights upon the queen. When a messenger from afar returns with news that Abriel survived his injuries, Turgeis sets sail to ensure the king will never return. Thus began the hunt.

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About the Author

C.J. Adrien is a French-American author of Viking historical fiction with a passion for Viking history. His Kindred of the Sea series was inspired by research conducted in preparation for a doctoral program in early medieval history as well as his admiration for historical fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett. C.J. Adrien’s novels and expertise have earned him invitations to speak at several international events, including the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds. For more information, please visit C.J. Adrien's website and blog. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.


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