Author: James Erich
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
In Viking Age Iceland, where boys are expected to grow into strong farmers and skilled warriors, there is little place for a sickly twelve-year-old boy like Kol until he catches the eye of a seið-woman—a sorceress—and becomes her apprentice. Kol travels to the sorceress’s home, where her grandson, Thorbrand, takes Kol under his wing. Before long Kol discovers something else about himself that is different—something else that sets him apart as unmanly: Kol has fallen in love with another boy.
But the world is changing in ways that threaten those who practice the ancient arts. As Kol’s new life takes him across the Norse lands, he finds that a new religion is sweeping through them, and King Olaf Tryggvason is hunting down and executing sorcerers. When a decades-old feud forces Thorbrand to choose between Kol and his duty to his kinsman, Kol finds himself cast adrift with only the cryptic messages of an ancient goddess to guide him to his destiny—and possibly to his death.
I am not worthy to review this book. I often find myself saying this when I finish a title by Jamie Fessenden or his YA alter-ego James Erich. Though I would hardly limit his James Erich penned work as “young adult.” It is fantasy at it’s finest. Seidman is no different.
If you follow Jamie at all on social media, you can not miss his love and admiration of the Viking culture and history. That love comes through with spectacular results in Seidman, his Icelandic Viking tale of magic, family, war, and love.
In a culture where manliness is everything, Kol is anything but. When he is recognized by a seiðkona for his magical abilities, he is soon taken on as her apprentice to learn the trade and become a seiðmaðr, or one who uses magic to speak with the spirits. Along the way, he falls in love with Thorbrand, the son of a Viking Chieftain. He foresees the future and gains the favor of the gods. He defends his kind and loses those he loves.
Based in Icelandic lore and accompanied by a Glossary of Icelandic terms, Seidman immerses you in a land unlike ours and takes you on a magical journey in a far-off time when the world and beliefs were changing.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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