This book combines fantasy with history and does it well to boot. I love Viking stories and when I saw this title I knew I had to read it. This book takes the best of characters; monks, slave drivers, elves, trolls. Witches, and a dragon. Jay Veloso Batista has an amazing imagination and writing skill that held my attention throughout the book. There is a battle to end all battles, enslavement of the losing army. The characters are fully developed and keep the story moving. There is a need to pay attention to the “bread crumbs” that the author gives throughout the twists and turns of the characters. The characters are unique and keep the story moving. I highly recommend this book to the lover of Vikings, magical beings, and historical fiction.
Vikings and dragons aren’t so new in my world thanks to my son, who is fully into dragon books like How to train a dragon series. I have read all the books with him and enjoyed them very much. I have also watched Thor and read a little bit on Norse Mythology, so I was aware of the nine realms.
So, I wasn’t a complete novice when I started the book. But still I did wish I had read the first two books before I read the third one, which I am going to do now.
Nevertheless, after few initial hiccups, it was still a terrific read. Dive deep into the world of elves, ghosts, trolls, shape-shifters and a Dragon. There is a lot going on in the book, battles, sea voyages, marriages and politics. It also touches upon the topic of slave trade in great depth. The imagination is mind blowing and the action and adventure is quite gripping.
I loved every bit of this book, am looking forward to read the prequel.
On Viking Seas by Jay Veloso Batista is the third book in the Forerunner series. I had not read the other books in the series and plan on going back to them. This is a highly detailed and well-thought-out historical fantasy. It is set in a time of emerging Christianity but also where the Gods rule over the people. The characters are well developed and I enjoyed the interactions between them and how they move the story forward. I also enjoyed the different aspects which take place separately but all come together in ways. There is a lot to take in and this is why I plan to go back and grab the other books so I can better appreciate all the different storylines. This is a good story and I look forward to reading more from this author in the near future.
I give On Viking Seas (Forerunner Series Book 3) by Jay Veloso Batista, 5 stars.
This was such a great epic fantasy book! It put me in mind of A Song of Ice and Fire series. Set in a time when the old gods were still strong and Christianity was still trying to gain a foothold, this is such a wonderful time period to read about. The settings are incredible, as are the characters. We are constantly going back and forth between different storylines and this keeps it quite interesting. You really want to now what happens next, then bam! We are left hanging on the edge of our seat. Then it happens all over again with the next main character. And don’t forget the story itself. There are so many things going on and the author makes every single one of them so engrossing. I could not put this book down. I did not want to stop even to make dinner. There is such detail and emotion in this book, it’s absolutely incredible.
If you are a fan of epic fantasy, I highly recommend this book.
If you appreciate lesser-known mythology and are looking for a story that reminds you vaguely of some of your favorite adventurous, royal families, this book should be at the top of your list. Even if you’ve never read the other books in this series, it’s quite easy to fall in line with the characters. You’ll quickly pick up on their stories without feeling overwhelmed with the details of their various activities up until this point. The book itself is full of adventure and mischief and is surprisingly enjoyable. Additionally, I found that unlike many stories that split the story between characters, I was able to follow along, interested in the stories that these families had to tell. Ultimately, it’s a detailed little story, with characters that are relatable and well-written and writing that fits the theme without being dull or unenthusiastic.
First of all, I LOVE “The Last Kingdom” (Netflix show) and anything to do with the history of England and Scotland. So, for me, this book kept me reading, looking for characters that I would know from previous readings/shows/history (for example, Aethelred, Alfred, etc…).
Jay did a TREMENDOUS job describing each person’s perspective on where they were and what was happening around them, as well as how they felt. The way in which he described it all, I couldn’t help but feel for the Agneson clan. To have your family spread all over, never knowing if you would see them again, was heart wrenching. This was a fascinating read. I truly enjoyed reading about the characters’ adventures! Can’t wait to continue the story of the Agneson clan!
On Viking Seas is the third book in The Forerunner Series by Jay Veloso Batista. This is an epic fantasy- with plenty of adventure, action, history, (Norse) mythology, Vikings, hidden agendas, paranormal beings and elements, danger, drama, challenges, revenge, curses, and more.
There was so much going on in this story, and so many characters (most with difficult to pronounce names to try to remember) that at times this story got quite confusing.
I didn’t realise going into this story that it is book three in the series, so I think I would have fared better if I had read the other two books first before starting on this one. I have gone back and purchased books one and two- and plan on reading them soon. So, hopefully knowing what transpired in those first two books will shed this book in a better light.
I can tell that the author is very passionate about the subject matter and his stories, and it apparent that he put a lot of blood, sweat, heart, soul, and research into his work- which resulted in the rich and vibrant picture he painted that allowed his story to come to life.
But with so much going on, and so many different POV’s to get my head around, and the many difficult names to remember really made for a confusing and ‘choppy’ read for me. I did settle into it more as the story unfolded, so maybe I will feel better about this story once I have read the other two books. So stay tuned.
But if you like epic fantasy, with plenty of different situations, motivations, and threads- then this is definitely the book for you.
Thank you, Jay Veloso Batista.
The first few chapters were a little hard to get through because it took me a second to realize what was going on and the lore was a little confusing, but once I got past that the book was really good. The action scenes were well written and the characters were awesome and I enjoyed the book. I can’t wait to see what he puts out next!
Reviewed by @bookwitch92
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I was so impressed and I will definitely be reading the other books in the series. I really felt like I was right there in the story at times with the authors wonderful descriptive language. I will say it took me a little time to get into what I was reding but that was probably because I haven’t read the first two books but once I was a few chapters in I was kind of hooked.
Overall a really great book and not what I was expecting at all. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this author again in the future.
On Viking Seas by Jay Velosa is the third book in the Forerunner Series. This is a historical fantasy story that will take you on an exciting journey. Having read this book I think I would recommend reading this series in order to get a fuller enjoyment however after the first few chapters you can easily pick up what is going on.
I thought this book was very imaginative and descriptive. I felt like I was taking the journey with characters from the way the author wrote the story. It flowed really well and had a great pace about it.
This isn’t the first book that I have read by this author but he is still a relatively new one. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will definitely be going back to read the whole series.
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