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Harald
by David Friedman
Publisher: Baen Books

He Didn't Get the Surrender Memo!

 It's the perfect storm for conquest: a dysfunctional kingdom reels under a weak monarch.  A powerful order of warrior maidens turns to infighting after suddenly losing its  charismatic leader. Worst of all, a disciplined and blooded imperial army stands ready to invade and dominate. If ever a moment called for grit, competence, and an utter lack of wishful thinking it is now. Enter Harald of the Vales. Family man and teller of tales.  Warrior's warrior. It's time the Empire got one thing straight: the land of Kaerlia will never be its for the taking. 

An intricate and thrilling debut fantasy novel from libertarian prof (and son of economist Milton Friedman) and Society for Creative Anachronism grandee, David D. Friedman.

Published 4/1/2006
SKU: 1416520562
Ebook Price: $6.99 
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1. Stephanie on 12/7/2012, said:

The idea is not to bad but unfortunately at times I felt as if I was reading the synopsis, bullet points and not the full story. There is little depth to the characters and I was unable to connect with them and quite honestly by the end of the book (which took a while to eventually finish) I didn't really care about them either.
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2. Harold on 3/17/2012, said:

Good start -- hope it continues.
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3. Robert on 1/22/2011, said:

I liked the style, and the lack of "heroic gloss". It's not a masterwork, but it was self-consistent and I found it entertaining and thought-provoking. Having said that, it won't be everyone's cup of tea, especially if they know what they like and like what they know.
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4. Michael on 8/31/2009, said:

Great read, the style was a nice change and helped the flow. thought provoking which is after all part of what we read for.
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5. Owen on 7/24/2009, said:

I liked the story, and once I appreciated the dialogue-style I found it flowed fairly well. Then I did grow up reading Celtic myths etc, so felt right at home - not everyones cup of tea.... Yes, the main character always had a trick up his sleeve to win the day, but that's the nature of this type of character - Robin Hood wouldn't be the same if he always lost.... At the end, I went looking for others by this author - says it all for me...
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6. Tracy on 7/22/2009, said:

I have to agree with others the writing style made it hard to read and keep straight who was saying what. It just comes off feeling disjointed to me. The story itself was enjoyable but it took three seperate tries before I was able to finish it.
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7. alan on 3/26/2009, said:

I really enjoyed the style but found the plotting had problems. There was little sense of tension if the empire ever seemed to be ahead because you always knew Harald had outthought them and a humongous army of cats and Ladies was waiting just over the next ridge. Even heroes need to make the occasional mistake.
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8. A. J. on 10/8/2008, said:

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I did not like the writing style. I believe in pronouns, complete sentences and characters with more depth. I also want them to have different speech patterns from class to class. If this is how the Eddas are written, I don't want to read them. They are good tales but they were written down by barbarians who were groping their way around a newly-discovered world of literature. Still, if you don't mind fragments at every turn, choppy dialogue, huge gaps in the plot, and an overall rough-hewn piece of writing, go ahead and read it. It's analogous to buying pre-torn jeans. Some people think it's art, others think it's silly and sloppy
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9. Anna on 11/29/2007, said:

A really distinctive writing style which reminds me of the poems translated by Tolkien.
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10. Wolf on 10/18/2007, said:

Its a very good book and the style is a nice modernization of the old Norse eddas. I have personally seen this book inspire some young readers to actually research and read Norse tales and epic poems. Upshot of it is, read the book. It is an awesome story and I hope that one or more follow-ups are in the future.
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