Review & Giveaway: The Lords of the Wind by C.J. Adrien

The Lords of the Wind by C.J. Adrien

Publication Date: July 3, 2019
Runestone Books
eBook & Paperback; 339 Pages

Series: The Saga of Hasting the Avenger, Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction

“For indeed the Frankish nation, which was crushed by the avenger Hasting, was full of filthy uncleanness. Treasonous and oath-breaking, they were deservedly condemned; unbelievers and faithless, they were justly punished.”

Orphaned as a child by a blood-feud, and sold as a slave to an exiled chieftain in Ireland, the boy Hasting had little hope of surviving to adulthood. The gods had other plans. A ship arrived at his master's longphort carrying a man who would alter the course of his destiny, and take him under his wing to teach him the ways of the Vikings. His is a story of a boy who was a slave, who became a warlord, and who helped topple an empire.

A supposed son of Ragnar Lodbrok, and referred to in the Gesta Normanorum as the Scourge of the Somme and Loire, his life exemplified the qualities of the ideal Viking. Join author and historian C.J. Adrien on an adventure that explores the coming of age of the Viking Hasting, his first love, his first great trials, and his first betrayal.

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My new motto for 2020 is...more Vikings!

Author C.J. Adrien will take you on an epic adventure with his new historical, The Lords of the Wind. It's the first book in a planned series featuring the Viking, Hasting, known as the Scourge of the Somme and Loire.

When we first meet Hasting he is very young and after his Chieftain father is slain and his mother and siblings sold into slavery his life is forever changed. We then follow him from his early years in Ireland with Hagar, to his time as a ship's boy with Eilif on sea, then as a political hostage to a Celtic King, and finally as he sets out to find his first love that was kidnapped by Northmen during a raid. It was fascinating to watch Hasting's growth as a man and Viking, learning from each captor or leader along the way.

The battle scenes and the scenes on the sea were my favorite! I can totally see it playing out on a big screen! It was really cool to read about how the Vikings fought and defended themselves.

One thing that was really to cool to see is when Hakon showed up in the book. He features in Author Eric Schumacher's series so I will be picking that up too! I would also love to see two of the characters feature in their own book -- Arnulf and Bertrand, the beekeeper detectives, were awesome!

C.J. Adrien's knowledge and passion shine through in The Lords of the Wind. Little is know about Hasting's life but C.J. filled in the gaps to create a fascinating insight into the man. As the book ended he is heading out on the open sea to exact revenge, and I love me a good revenge story and I want to see what else happens to Hasting, so I absolutely cannot wait for that!

About the Author

C.J. Adrien is a French-American author of Viking historical fiction with a passion for Viking history. His Kindred of the Sea series was inspired by research conducted in preparation for a doctoral program in early medieval history as well as his admiration for historical fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett.

C.J. Adrien’s novels and expertise have earned him invitations to speak at several international events, including the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds.

For more information, please visit C.J. Adrien's website and blog. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 18
Review at Al-Alhambra Book Reviews

Tuesday, November 19
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Wednesday, November 20
Review at @ya.its.lit

Thursday, November 21
Fetaure at The Book Junkie Reads

Monday, November 25
Interview at The Writing Desk

Tuesday, November 26
Review at Coffee and Ink

Wednesday, November 27
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, November 29
Feature at Let Them Read Books

Monday, December 2
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Tuesday, December 3
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, December 5
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Friday, December 6
Review at RokinRev

Monday, December 9
Review at Books and Zebras

Thursday, December 12
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Friday, December 13
Review at Passages to the Past


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of The Lords of the Wind! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on December 13th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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– Only one entry per household.
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