Best Norse & Viking Books

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1. Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions

Author: by Neil Gaiman
March 17, 2009

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The astonishing and impressive first collection of short stories from New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat in a second-hand store … A stray cat fights and refights a nightly battle to protect his adoptive family from an unimagiable evil …

A young couple receives a wedding gift that will reveal a chilling alternate history of their marriage … Beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks, a frightened little boy bargains for his life with a most persistent troll … Such miraculous inventions and more await within Neil Gaiman’s first collection of short fiction, a gift of wonder and delight from one of the most unique literary artists of our day.

In his capable hands, magic is no mere illusion, but a powerful means to reveal the nature of our humanity obscured in the smoke of our fears and anxieties … And reflected in the funhouse mirrors of our dreams.

2. The Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Trilogy Book 1)

Author: by John Gwynne
Orbit (May 4, 2021)
May 4, 2021

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“A masterfully crafted, brutally compelling Norse-inspired epic.” Anthony RyanTHE GREATEST SAGAS ARE WRITTEN IN BLOOD. A century has passed since the gods fought and drove themselves to extinction. Now only their bones remain, promising great power to those brave enough to seek them out.

As whispers of war echo across the land of Vigrid, fate follows in the footsteps of three warriors: a huntress on a dangerous quest, a noblewoman pursuing battle fame, and a thrall seeking vengeance among the mercenaries known as the Bloodsworn.

All three will shape the fate of the world as it once more falls under the shadow of the gods. Set in a brand-new, Norse-inspired world, and packed with myth, magic, and vengeance, The Shadow of the Gods begins an epic new fantasy saga from bestselling author John Gwynne.

3. Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance Chronicles Book 1)

Author: by Margaret Weis
Wizards of the Coast
December 21, 2010

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This Dungeons & Dragons-inspired fantasy adventure is the first installment in the beloved Dragonlance Chronicles, set in the magical world of KrynnOnce merely creatures of legend, the dragons have returned to Krynn. But with their arrival comes the departure of the old godsand all healing magic.

As war threatens to engulf the land, lifelong friends reunite for an adventure that will change their lives and shape their world forever … When Tanis, Sturm, Caramon, Raistlin, Flint, and Tasslehoff see a woman use a blue crystal staff to heal a villager, they wonder if it’s a sign the gods have not abandoned them after all.

Fueled by this glimmer of hope, the Companions band together to uncover the truth behind the gods’ absencethough they aren’t the only ones with an interest in the staff. The Seekers want the artifact for their own ends, believing it will help them replace the gods and overtake the continent of Ansalon.

Now, the Companions must assume the unlikely roles of heroes if they hope to prevent the staff from falling into the hands of darkness. Dragons of Autumn Twilight is the first book in the Dragonlance Chronicles.

4. Assassin: A Dark Epic Fantasy Novel (Darkblade Book 1)

Author: by Andy Peloquin
July 6, 2021

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All in Voramis know the legend of the Hunter.Relentless.Immortal.Death walking. The greatest assassin who ever lived. Pay the master killer his due and the Hunter will execute any target, carry out any contract, no matter how impossible.

But when the Bloody Hand crime syndicate harms the innocents under his protection, they foolishly make an enemy of the one man they can’t afford to anger. The price of the Hunter’s vengeance is highpaid in blood and eternal damnation.

Not even an army of crooks, cutthroats, and demonic creatures of nightmare can stand in his way. He’s far more than just one manhe’s the Keeper-damned Hunter of Voramis.”Darkblade Assassin is a masterful thrill ride that delves deep into the heart and gut-wrenching soul of a killer.” – ML Spencer, Author of Dragon Mage

5. Dragons of Asgard 4

Author: by Logan Jacobs
June 29, 2021

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I am Volrath of Asgard, demi-god and savior of dragons. My warrior women and I have discovered a nefarious plot involving the Frost Giants, the Dwarves, and the Elf King. Dragons are being enslaved and tortured, plans are being made, and war is on the horizon.

But I will stop at nothing until all of my enemies are dead and dragons can roam the realms freely once more.

6. The First Girl Child (The Chronicles of Saylok)

Author: by Amy Harmon

August 20, 2019

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From the New York Times bestselling author comes a breathtaking fantasy of a cursed kingdom, warring clans, and unexpected salvation. Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother.

Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok. Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he’s also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk.

Now the fate of Saylok lies with Alba and Bayr, whose bond grows deeper with every whisper of coming chaos. Charged with battling the enemies of their people, both within and without, Bayr is fueled further by the love of a girl who has defied the scourge of Saylok.

What Bayr and Alba don’t know is that they each threaten the king, a greedy man who built his throne on lies, murder, and betrayal. There is only one way to defend their land from the corruption that has overtaken it.

7. The Witch's Heart

Author: by Genevieve Gornichec
Ace (February 9, 2021)
368 pages

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When a banished witch falls in love with the legendary trickster Loki, she risks the wrath of the gods in this moving, subversive national bestselling debut novel that reimagines Norse mythology. Angrboda’s story begins where most witches’ tales end: with a burning.

A punishment from Odin for refusing to provide him with knowledge of the future, the fire leaves Angrboda injured and powerless, and she flees into the farthest reaches of a remote forest. There she is found by a man who reveals himself to be Loki, and her initial distrust of him transforms into a deep and abiding love.

Their union produces three unusual children, each with a secret destiny, who Angrboda is keen to raise at the edge of the world, safely hidden from Odin’s all-seeing eye. But as Angrboda slowly recovers her prophetic powers, she learns that her blissful lifeand possibly all of existenceis in danger.

With help from the fierce huntress Skadi, with whom she shares a growing bond, Angrboda must choose whether she’ll accept the fate that she’s foreseen for her beloved family… Or rise to remake their future. From the most ancient of tales this novel forges a story of love, loss, and hope for the modern age.

8. An Encyclopedia of Tolkien: The History and Mythology That Inspired Tolkien's World (Leather-bound Classics)

Author: by David Day

Canterbury Classics
544 pages

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A comprehensive, illustrated guide to the history, lands, and inhabitants of Middle-earth. The fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth contains a rich assortment of people, cities, and creaturesas well as a deep, intertwined history that spans thousands of years.

In this beautifully illustrated, leather-bound volume, best-selling author and Tolkien scholar David Day presents four decades of research and writing on the lands and inhabitants Middle-earth. Sections of this A-to-Z dictionary are devoted to discussion of the battles, history, beasts, and heroes of Tolkien’s stories, and are accompanied by black-and-white illustrations.

This comprehensive volume on Tolkien’s world also includes an appendix of three primary legends that served as sources for Tolkien’s creationsthe Volsunga saga, the Nibelungenlied, and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycleand more than 200 black-and-white illustrationsThis work is unofficial and is not authorized by the Tolkien Estate or HarperCollins Publishers.

9. Dragons of Spring Dawning (Dragonlance Chronicles Book 3)

Author: by Margaret Weis
Wizards of the Coast
December 21, 2010

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Will truth and virtue triumph over the deadly darkness of an all-consuming evil? The war against the dragon minions of Queen Takhisis rages on. Armed with the mysterious, magical Dragon Orbs and the shining, silver Dragonlance, the Companions of the Lance lead their people in a desperate final battle.

Knight and barbarian, warrior and mage, dwarf and kenderno one has reckoned how high the price of defeat, or even victory, might be. But now, in the dawn of a new day, the dark secrets that have long shadowed the hearts of the Companions come to light.

If they are to truly defeat the five-headed dragon goddess, they must find a way to overcome their own personal conflicts and doubts. From betrayal and treachery to fragility and weakness, the greatest battle now lies within each of them.

Dragons of Spring Dawning is the third book in the Dragonlance Chronicles.

10. Dragons of Winter Night (Dragonlance Chronicles Book 2)

Author: by Margaret Weis
Wizards of the Coast
December 21, 2010

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Return to the mystical world of Krynn, where the heroic Companions continue their fantastical adventuresand face their greatest challenge yetWith the return of the dragon minions of Takhisis, the Queen of Dragons, the land of Krynn has become more dangerous than ever.

But as the nations of Krynn prepare to fight for their homes, their lives, and their freedom, longstanding hatreds and prejudices interfere. When fighting breaks out among the races, it seems the battle is lost before it even begins. Meanwhile, the heroic Companions have been torn apart by war.

A full season will pass before they meet againif they meet again. Raistlin has made an ominous prediction, one that implies not all of the Companions will survive the fight. His warning, along with sinister dreams, haunt the friends as they search for the weapons that will stop the Dark Queen in her tracks: the mysterious Dragon Orbs and legendary Dragonlance.

Another riveting tale in the Dragonlance Chronicles, Dragons of Winter Night is an action-packed adventure in which the true value of love and friendship is measured against the backdrop of a catastrophic war between good and evil. Dragons of Winter Night is the second book in the Dragonlance Chronicles.

11. The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Snorri Sturluson
Penguin Classics
304 pages

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Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, The Prose Edda is the source of most of what we know of Norse mythology. Its tales are peopled by giants, dwarves, and elves, superhuman heroes and indomitable warrior queens.

Its gods live with the tragic knowledge of their own impending destruction in the cataclysmic battle of Ragnarok. Its time scale spans the eons from the world’s creation to its violent end. This robust new translation captures the magisterial sweep and startling psychological complexity of the Old Icelandic original.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

12. Stardust

Author: by Neil Gaiman
William Morrow
October 13, 2009

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New York Times Bestselling AuthorGive the gift of STARDUST! Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoriaeven fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name.

Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faeriewhere nothing not even a fallen star, is what he imagined. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a remarkable quest into the dark and miraculousin pursuit of love and the utterly impossible.