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The Half-Drowned King
The Half-Drowned King: A Novel | Linnea Hartsuyker
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ralexist
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Pickpick

With storylines pulled from the ancient Icelandic sagas found in Heimskringla, this book follows the path of young Rangvild, a warrior seeking to regain his family lands and his sister's freedom. A tale of Norse kings and Viking life, this was a wonderful wonderful read. Perfect for anyone who loves the show Vikings (obvi) or misses the family honor and political maneuvering of Game of Thrones.

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Sweetkokoro
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Day 18 #blackandblue #colormepretty
A day late haha, I‘m starting to wonder about my own commitment to my own photo challenge.

Now this book I picked up on a whim becuase I loved the black lines and the solid blue color. Plus the title was intriguing, and honestly I never noticed the golden crown I always overlooked it Haha. But I‘m excited to read it....eventually.

MellieAntoinette Its pretty good so far. I‘m on chapter 10! 6mo
Sweetkokoro @MellieAntoinette oh that‘s good to know! Thank you very much. 6mo
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MellieAntoinette
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“A careless man must have a careful wife.”

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umbrellagirl
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Super jealous of all of the #bookcon and #bookexpo posts, but my little guy made homemade cupcakes for the first time. Oh, and Good Omens is out!!

Tamra Sweet - Figuratively and literally! 8mo
cathysaid Does it help that I‘m super jealous of your cupcakes? 8mo
umbrellagirl @Tamra 💙💙 8mo
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umbrellagirl @cathysaid aw, thanks! He did a really good job on them. 8mo
tpixie Tell him they look so delicious!! 8mo
umbrellagirl @tpixie thank you! 8mo
tpixie 😋 8mo
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MrBook
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My most recent book purchase. Sounds awesome! Anyone read this one?

Sweetkokoro Oh I have had this one on my radar for a while and I actually planned on picking it up next pay! I love the cover. Hopefully you enjoy it! 10mo
TheRomantiCate It‘s been on my radar for ages but I haven‘t gotten to it.. please let me know how it is 10mo
LeahBergen It‘s waiting on my shelf! 👍🏻 10mo
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beaconhillbooks
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I love historical fiction but usually find myself in the Tudor period. Traveling to the Viking time was a nice adventure. It is violent and sometimes frustrating but if you like Vikings, Norse tales, high seas, sagas, and a little politics this book fits all of the above. I will definitely read the series, although only the second, The Sea Queen, is currently out.

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msford88
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A rollicking tale of monarchs, murder, and mayhem in long-ago Norway. The book is an emotional historical fiction that centers on revenge. The story is entertaining and vivid, though the characters could have used a bit more work in my opinion. Still, it was certainly a worthwhile read.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ive been curious about this one! 12mo
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Vocalities
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I am very excited to be reading this book!

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RebelReader
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This was an awesome start to this series. I‘ve already put the next installment, The Sea Queen, on hold at the library. It‘s a Viking saga set in Norway. This is not my usual genre, but I loved the characters even the evil ones! It made me remember how much I loved Ken Follett‘s Kingbridge series and it‘s been compared to Outlander which is still on my TBR shelves! Loved, loved, loved this fun read! ❤️❤️❤️👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 5⭐️‘s for me!

merelybookish Hey Julie! I finally mailed off the next #1001bookswap package. It should be there early next week! Sorry for being so slow. 1y
RebelReader @merelybookish I‘m okay with you being slow. Too much to read and so little time. 1y
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StellarDoc
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It's payday; my holiday weekend has begun; and Barnes and Noble is having a Book Haul Sale. Anyone looking anywhere else for me does not know me very well. Now, to winnow down this pile.

irre There There is amazing! 1y
StellarDoc Hmmm. I put that one back for now. But I'll probably be back over the weekend! 1y
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Sydsavvy
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Great epic❣️

LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf. 👍🏻 1y
Sydsavvy @LeahBergen I let it languish on mine for a bit. Glad I bumped it up! 1y
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beaconhillbooks
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ElectricKatyLand
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Pickpick

This novel follows a brother and sister in Viking era Norway as they both struggle to claim more of life than the farm they grew up on. Ragnvald hardens as a warrior and adviser to a series of kings, and Svanhild chooses the freedom of the seas over an arranged marriage. Their bond as siblings is tested by rival allegiances.

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FoxySocks
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Starting this viking tale today.

Yeah_I_Read Did you know that there is a sequel to this 😬 I wish I had when I read it. 2y
FoxySocks I only just found out when I updated my goodreads today. The cover is amazing. 2y
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MagdaRosol
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5-stars for this hot and violent Viking tale. Viking women kicked ass!

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mdemanatee
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Mehso-so

This came highly recommended by someone I trust. Hartsuyker has obviously done her research. But the narrative kept me at a distance. I had trouble turning off my dramaturg brain, wanting Hartsuyker to claim the story as her own.

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mdemanatee
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Sneaking some pages while waiting for my dinner companions.

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Yeah_I_Read
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I wish this pic was better but if you can read it. It is an excellent example of the excellent, and atmospheric writing I‘m really enjoying it so far 😊😊

julesG Hello Nina, I'm your Book Tote Swap match. I wanted to do this whole swap in secret, but cannot find your wish list and don't dare to just buy something on a whim. Can you give me some help? 2y
Yeah_I_Read @julesG my email address is pncarboni@msn.com. I think that is how you find a wishlist on amazon. I‘ll add some books that I don‘t have to my Litsy tbr as well 😊😊😊 thanks for asking 2y
julesG Thank you! I don't normally have a problem finding something but it seems you've read everything I had in mind and now I have to branch out and find new things. Maybe for me, too. 😉 2y
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Yeah_I_Read
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Balibee146 Nice! This looks so like one of the covers for Wonder if it is the same jacket designer being a bit lazy lol. 2y
Yeah_I_Read @Balibee146 I thought the same thing lol 2y
Balibee146 @Yeah_I_Read 👍 sorry about the garbled message.. Phone + Dog = Literacy Disaster 2y
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Yeah_I_Read @Balibee146 😂😂 I understood it tho 😊 2y
MeganAnn @Yeah_I_Read did you get your #halloweengoespostal box? 2y
Yeah_I_Read @MeganAnn yes!!!! I‘m so excited to open it 😊😊😊 I wasn‘t sure who it was from lol 2y
MeganAnn @Yeah_I_Read Yay!! I'm so glad it arrived! I was worried the post office lost it 😳 I forgot to put my litsy handle on the outside of the box. 2y
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AshleyKorinE
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Bailedbailed

Not because I didn‘t enjoy it but because it‘s a library borrow and it ends in 2 days and I‘ve not got the time to put into reading it right now. I got like 15% into it and it was interesting but just not enough to keep me engaged enough to ignore reality.

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Beckys_Books
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I went to two different B&N stores this weekend. While separated by over 200 miles they shared a feature I found odd. I didn't have enough cell signal to pull up Litsy book reviews and their Wi-Fi was so poor I couldn't use the internet. If I had been able to connect I probably wouldn't have bought this book. It sounds great on the jacket but has a 13% pick rating on Litsy. I'm suspicious of a conspiracy here.

Tamra I often have my suspicions about the lack of wifi in stores....... 2y
mjdowens Especially in a book store. I have noticed the same thing😏 2y
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Expandingbookshelf
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Panpan

How can a meticulously researched historical fiction/fantasy novel about murderous Vikings be so freaking dull?! Add in a boring, blockhead protagonist and a deeply unsatisfying ending , and you've got a real stinker. What a dud.

😣 I don't like being this mean. Something nice: it made me really want to read a bunch of books about Vikings.

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Kamisha
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Mehso-so

I've got to say this was a dud for me. I wanted so much to enjoy this read because it is well researched and seemed well thought out, but I just found myself getting bored by it. Which is never a good feeling when the book is 400 pages and some change. The characters fell a little short for me, especially the main character. He was honestly just so boring I couldn't wait for his chapters to be over.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 3! Recently released. Drawing on Icelandic sagas and the true story of Ragnvald of Maer, right-hand man of Norway's first king, and his sister, Svanhild. He intends to claim his father's lands, but their treacherous step-father wants them gone. Viking-age Norway is a rough place to fight for one's birthright and for a woman to escape her custodian's tyranny. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

BethFishReads Hope you love it 2y
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Jaya
The Half-Drowned King: A Novel | Linnea Hartsuyker
Mehso-so

Fast-paced start but lost me after repeated brawls and casual slaughter that didn't build a convincing arc or show the blockhead hero grow up much. And all the H names were hard to keep track of once I stopped caring about the innumerable characters. There's saga and then there's weak editing.

Jaya @Jokila like this :) 2y
Jokila Lol pretty scathing - I love it 😜 2y
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Jokila
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Cheesecake donut for lunch 🍩🙈

Jaya Just read this for a different book club! 2y
minkyb Looks good! 2y
Lacythebookworm Best lunch! 2y
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Jokila @Jaya how was it?? 2y
LauraBrook I like how you Adult! 2y
Jokila @LauraBrook 😂 juuuuust barely! 2y
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BethFishReads
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Currently sitting here and listening to this Viking revenge story set in the days of King Harald's rise. I'm enjoying the audiobook, but the book and/or narration aren't totally capturing me. Still, I'm committed enough to finish.

RanaElizabeth I'm comitted to that gorgeous setup, looks so relaxing. 2y
MrBook Vikings? Revenge? Added. 😎👌🏻 2y
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BethFishReads @MrBook I mean who could resist? 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💕 2y
Bette I liked it but the comparison to Game of Thrones...no. I'm curious if you'll want to read the next one...that's the question I ask myself. 2y
LeahBergen I second @MrBook ! Stacked. 2y
MrBook @BethFishReads Exactly! @LeahBergen 😁☺️ 2y
BethFishReads @Bette I'll let you know 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams
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The book on the left is from #goldsborobooks and the one on the right was a giveaway win. #bookmail

DeborahSmall I'm so tempted by The Half Drowned King 🙈 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @DeborahSmall it's really beautiful! 2y
TheKidUpstairs I REALLY want to read The Half Drowned King. It might have to be my #TBRBingo treat when I complete my first line! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @TheKidUpstairs I couldn't resist this signed copy as there's only 250 available 💕 2y
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Karionie
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Bailedbailed

13 chapters in, and I think I've given enough of my time to this book. I really wanted to like it, and the story isn't bad, but the writing style is wearing me down. It's excruciatingly stiff. I hate giving up on books, but when I find myself making excuses NOT to sit down and read, it's time to bail.

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FountainBookstore
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Bailedbailed

Maybe it was the narrator? Just couldn't get into this one. Epic isn't my thing though. If you like a large cast, big fat GOT read, this will work for you. The writing is good.

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TheBookStacker
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Got The Half-Drowned King on my kindle and obviously had to order Meddling Kids in hardcover because how can you not love that cover?! (Also I'm a huge Scooby-Doo fan) In even better news our furniture is finally being delivered today!

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Bette
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This Viking saga grabbed me right away. The betrayal comes fast (before page 9) I'm pretty sure to be followed by revenge. Bwahahaha! Ragnvald is the title character, his sister Svanhild, is starting to be kind of kick@ss which isn't the norm for unmarried Viking females in this book. I just find myself thinking about the story whenever I'm not reading it. Kinda fun to be immersed in an epic read until the next Martin and Rothfuss. 🐺👑

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Yeah_I_Read
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I found this while wandering around B&N. I'm a sucker for a pretty cover 😍

RanaElizabeth That is a nice looking cover! 2y
haileybean I saw this at B&N and was incredibly intrigued! 2y
Yeah_I_Read @haileyhugsbooks I'll let you know how it is ! 2y
minkyb I like the image of wandering around Barnes and Noble. I love doing that in a bookstore. No specific goal, just browse. 2y
Yeah_I_Read @minkyb yes! I have stumbled upon some awesome books that way 😊 2y
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HarperBooks
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Roses are red,
This ARE is blue,
A mythical first in a trilogy,
And the author's literary debut.
#TheHalfDrownedKing

readinginthedark Fun! What's it about? 3y
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