Children's books on Vikings

Peter Ward's vivid tales tell of young Vikings who refuse to toe the official line and strike out for peace and freedom. The stories, bold and exciting on the surface, run deeper undertones.  At heart, is the issue of pacifism and a lack of willing to become warriors. But to do so risks great wrath from disbelieving and hostile parents.

In the first novel, Vimp the Viking's Epic Voyage, heroes Vimp and Freya lead a bold band of rebels determined to escape from a traditional life of  violence. But life can never be that simple. Commandeering a newly built longboat for their journey, the youngsters embark on the adventure of their lives. Not reckoning on the anger of the deities, they fail to placate Sea God, Aegir, in their bid to cross his waters 

A pirate attack is thwarted when Freya uses her God-given powers to raise a legendary serpent from the ocean depths. Very dangerous stuff. In doing so, she might have brought about the end of the world as Vikings knew it.

Illegal immigration suddenly becomes an issue when the naive crew hail up on the Saxon shore where they're hardly welcome. After all, Saxons have suffered their fair share of Viking raids - pillage, burning and enslavement.

After much mis-understanding, an arrangement is agreed and the immigrants are permitted to settle. Just as things are going right, a second Viking longboat arrives to whisk the escapees back to their own land and punishment. Once again, Freya comes into her own. This time, using her musical powers she gets rid of the raiders but, to the dismay of her friends, disappears into the sea.

And so the second story, Freya and the Fenris-Wolf. Unbeknown to her friends, Freya has been transformed into a small, white gull that braves the North Sea crossing to answer the call of the Gods.  Escorted by sea eagles, she is put on trial before the great Gods, in Asgard, and condemned to look after the awful son of trickster God, Loki. This is the Fenris-Wolf.

Subsequent to a raid on the monastery on Lindisfarne Island, Vimp, Lief and Co. learn of Freya's fate and whereabouts. A hasty rescue plan is drawn up and, so they believe, the boys set out without any girl rescuers. Astrid, however, has other ideas,  smuggling herself onto the trip but proving her worth. She releases Agnar, the great forest wolf, from the iron jaws of a trap. Agnar, with his two younger brothers, joins forces with the 'SAS' mission to grab Freya, virtually from the jaws of the monster.

Wounded beyond recovery in his final fight with the Fenris-Wolf, Agnar is granted a Viking burial out to sea by his grateful admirers. But the big story is not complete.  

Look out for the final work of the Trilogy, Eric and the Mystical Bear, by clicking on the 'Eric' button at top of page.

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